Holy Spirit Baptism – Subsequence Defended

Jesse Phillips has kindly given me permission to share here an article he wrote on what he calls subsequence. This is the notion, as I prefer to describe it, that the baptism with the Holy Spirit is distinct to conversion. I prefer to describe this as distinct for the simple reason that the receiving of the Holy Sprit need not be delayed for months or years after conversion. This may sound like a minor point, but it is crucial to our expectations. Anyway, I loved what Jesse said about Peter's … [Read more...]

ASK A BLOGGER – How Do I Know if I am Spirit Baptized?

On Thursday we began a series looking at several questions asked by an e-mail correspondent of mine. Today I will address his second question:Does baptism by the Holy Spirit have to be accompanied by tongues? Does it have to be by the laying on of hands? How do you know that you have been baptized in the Spirit?I will take these in reverse order. The last one is, in some ways, the easiest, although it is more difficult to put into words. It is like asking, “How do you know you are in love?” or “H … [Read more...]

Learn How to be a Reformed Charismatic Leader – Newfrontiers USA Audio

In one of those God-incidences, just as I am exploring the Holy Spirit more deeply here on the blog, Newfrontiers USA have redesigned their website and made the audio of the Newfrontiers USA Church Leadership Conference available even before it has finished. There are also a number of older messages there which include a whole series on the Holy Spirit. This is a great site for you if you are intrigued and want to find out more about the Holy Spirit and/or leadership in Reformed Charismatic … [Read more...]

PIPER FRIDAY – John Piper on the Baptism With the Holy Spirit

Last Friday I shared a quote from John Piper on the baptism with the Holy Spirit. In it he quoted an illustration that Martyn Lloyd-Jones used. Today, partly because I am working through a series of questions a reader has posed, I thought I would share another quote from Dr. Piper which might surprise some of my readers. "I would start by saying that in the book of Acts, everywhere the receiving of the Holy Spirit is described, it is experiential. What I mean is that it's not just a logical … [Read more...]

ASK A BLOGGER – What is Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

Today I'm launching a new feature which I'm going to call "Ask a Blogger." One day most weeks I will be posting one or more questions I have been asked. These questions can literally be about anything. To submit a question e-mail me at adrian.warnock@gmail.com. I will then endeavor to answer the questioner, although my answers will often be quite short. Today, however this is not the case! In fact, this week’s “Ask a Blogger” will run for a few days, although I will interrupt it to share a Piper … [Read more...]

John Piper on Baptism with the Holy Spirit

This week Terry Virgo shared a couple of interesting anecdotes about Piper, Lloyd-Jones, and the Holy Spirit. This made me think that I should restart "Piper Fridays" here on the blog. So, here is a quote from a Piper sermon that refers to something else the Doctor said about the baptism of the Spirit.Back in 2005 I cited another quote from John Piper which makes clear his commitment to the Doctor's doctrine of baptism with the Holy Spirit. Indeed, Piper even says, "We could talk for hours about … [Read more...]

Lloyd-Jones on How to Grieve the Holy Spirit

Today I thought I would share a very provocative quote from the good Doctor. I would be very interested in my readers' thoughts on this passage. If you have a blog, feel free to quote this, link to it, and tell us what you think. If you don't have one, and have some thoughts you'd like to share with me, drop me an e-mail at adrian.warnock@gmail.com. The quote is clear enough to stand on its own without any further explanation from me. "There is nothing, I am convinced, that so ‘quenches’ the Spi … [Read more...]

7th Most Read Post – What is a Reformed Charismatic?

No. 7 on the list of most-read posts on this blog appeared on November 26, 2005, and endeavored to explain that curious phenomenon—a charismatic Calvinist or "reformed charismatic." There was a time when we were considered an oddity and people doubted our existence. Now, at least in England, reformed charismatics are on the ascendancy and many Christians are intrigued by us. With the resurgence of interest in things reformed and charismatic, I thought I'd post a bit on what I feel is a "reformed … [Read more...]

Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Experience AND Doctrine

The following passage from the Doctor is a bit reminiscent of an old post of mine entitled, "I Want It All!" ". . . the trouble has generally been . . . that people have emphasised either experience or doctrine at the expense of the other . . . This is something that has been happening in the church from almost the very beginning . . .When the whole emphasis is placed upon one or the other, you either have a tendency to fanaticism and excess or a tendency toward a barren intellectualism and a … [Read more...]

Martyn Lloyd-Jones Monday – Knowing Jesus Experientially

In this quote, taken once again from the Doctor on Ephesians, we see a strong emphasis on experience. The Christian must KNOW God. Oh, how little we emphasize that today! How poor our experience often is. How few people glow when they speak about their relationship with their precious Saviour. How this challenges me personally once again to seek God!"There are, unfortunately, even many evangelical Christians who deny that God has any direct dealings with men today, and who hold feeling and … [Read more...]