Romans 8:1-17

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The Indwelling Spirit

Alexander Campbell – “If the Spirit of God has spoken all its arguments in Scripture then the power of the Holy Spirit which can operate on the human mind [in conversion] is spent.”

B.F. Hall – in Heretic Detector, 1837 - “I believe that the Holy Spirit exerts no influence on the heart of sinners over and above the word: that his influences are in the facts he has revealed in the gospel, the evidences by which he has confirmed these facts, and in the motives to obedience presented in the Scriptures of Truth.”

  1. Revivalism: Emotional display was a sign of conversion
  2. Age of Enlightenment: Facts and reason predominate
  3. Spirit = Miraculous power
  4. Spirit = Special revelation


  1. What happens to our worldview and willpower when we are freed from the rule of sin?
  2. Is conversion just cognitive or is it also emotional and behavioral?

Vampire Christianity

Understanding Conversion

"May the Force be with you!"

This is not the Holy Spirit.
Spirit is personal presence, not just a power we acquire
Nature of the Spirit

  1. Personal
  2. Empowerment
  3. New Relationship
  4. New Life

Chris Benjamin

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Evening Sermon, 4 January 2009

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