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The Spirit of Grace (Christian Belief For Everyone)

, 2015
ISBN: 9780281068395


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The Christian Belief for Everyone series guides readers through the basic ideas of the Christian faith. Full of engaging stories and helpful illustrations, these texts have been written primarily for ordinary churchgoers, but also appeal to interested readers outside the Church.

In the fourth volume of the series, Alister McGrath continues his exploration of the basic themes of the Christian creeds, asking what the Apostles’ Creed means when it speaks of “the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, and the forgiveness of sins.” The Spirit of Grace explains three interconnected themes: the activity of God in the world, as we experience the Holy Spirit infusing our lives with purpose and joy; the graciousness of a God who loves us despite our constant failures; and the importance of the church as the community of faith, in which we catch a glimpse—no matter how inadequate—of the glory of heaven.

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Check out more from the Christian Belief for Everyone series: Lord and Saviour: Jesus of Nazareth, Faith and Creeds, and The Living God.

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  • Examines historic Christian beliefs about “the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, and the forgiveness of sins”
  • Uses accessible language to explain central Christian beliefs as found in the Apostles’ Creed
  • Provides the fourth volume in the Christian Belief for Everyone series
  • Introduction
  • The Holy Spirit: The Giver of Life
  • Humanity: The Climax of God’s Creation
  • Grace: The Gift of a Courteous God
  • The Church: The Communion of Saints
  • One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church
  • Notes

Top Highlights

“A second role of the Holy Spirit is that of ‘illuminator’. How are we to make sense of the Bible and apply it to our lives?” (Page 8)

“First, the Old Testament links the Holy Spirit with life, and especially with the giving or restoration of life” (Page 4)

“Christian faith is about more than simply believing that certain things are true. Christianity is not just about understanding; it is about renewal and transformation, through the power of a God whose trustworthiness is shown in and through Jesus of Nazareth. The Holy Spirit is understood as the agent of both illumination and transformation, opening us up to the truth and presence of the living God.” (Page 10)

“To say that God is gracious means that God acts for our good in a way that is undeserved: a way that reflects God’s love and generosity rather than our achievements or status.” (Page ix)

“acts of sin are symptoms of the real problem, which is our sinful state.” (Page 41)

Highly recommended.

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Alister McGrath

Alister McGrath

(DPhil, DD, Oxford University) is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University. He previously held the chair of theology, ministry and education and was head of the Centre for Theology, Religion Culture at King's College, London. He is in constant demand as a speaker at conferences throughout the world and is the author of many books including The Dawkins Delusion? and Christianity's Dangerous Idea.



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  1. Glenn Crouch

    Glenn Crouch


    This fourth volume, in this fine series by McGrath, looks in more depth at the Holy Spirit and Church aspects of the Apostles Creed (and the Nicene Creed). Like the other volumes, this is a short, easy-to-read book and continues the use of the creed to cover the areas of “basic” Christianity. As always, McGrath makes good use of historical references - with preferences for those such as Augustine and C S Lewis - and always giving the reader a thirst for more from his sources. Highly recommended, along with the other volumes, both for new and the less-new Christian.

  2. Robert Bebb

    Robert Bebb




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