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- Nothing thrills me more than holding a book that has spent its pages glorying in the holiness, the transcendence, the beauty of our magnificent God. With this book, Matt Ayers has laid a proper stage in discussions of scripture and the historical record, and then he has offered that stage to the Holy Spirit, inviting us to gaze on Grace and Truth and enter into his freedom. Help has arrived, Ayars assures us, and this is very good news! — Carolyn Moore, Founding Pastor of Mosaic Church
- The Holy Spirit: An Introduction is a rich doctrinal study that is both deep and wide in its approach and appeal. Doctrine is for the people, not just the scholar. The book explores the depths and mystery of the Holy Spirit, covering the extensive operations of the Spirit in a way that carries gravity yet accessible to all readers to enter into fruitful conversation and holy living. Scriptural, theological, sound, accessible, and applicable. Ideally, I recommend it as an excellent devotional resource for clergy and lay and suitable for small groups study. I deeply appreciated the sections on the Trinity and the gifts of the Spirit, rigorous, yet practical. There is much talk in our day about the Holy Spirit – many voices but some not so definitive and clear as Dr Ayars in this volume. — Peter J. Bellini – Professor of Church Renewal and Evangelization in the Heisel Chair at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio
- Matt Ayars has written a beautiful account of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. While his work probes the depths of biblical and theological teaching on the Holy Spirit, he writes in way that is accessible to both clergy and laity. This book is for the student preparing for ministry, as well as the Christian who desires to grow in faith. This book is an invitation to participation in the holy life of God through the Holy Spirit. Ayars writes with an eye to the best of historical reflection on the Spirit, while at the same time making it a means of justifying, sustaining, and sanctifying grace. It is theology that leads to doxology – the praise and awe of God. — Dr. Chris Bounds, Professor of Theology and Dean of the School of Theology & Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University
- The Holy Spirit has been the most misunderstood or neglected member of the Trinity for too long. Matt Ayars’ book on the Holy Spirit is a concise, yet thorough, introduction to the person and work of the Holy Spirit. This is a needed and welcomed contribution for the church. I highly recommend this book! — Dr. Kevin Watson, Waco First United Methodist Church
- One seldom encounters a book on the Spirit that intimately conjoins theology and actual life as that found in this remarkable distillation of the personalizing presence of the Holy Spirit. Matt Ayars clearly lays out the biblical, consensual, and orthodox materials with a view to making every theological point regarding the Spirit applicable to lived experience. This author gently corrects our unrecognized sidelining of the Spirit. For him, the eternal, life-giving Spirit is not an appendage; He is irreducible, irreplaceable as the indwelling divine Person. From creation to heaven, Ayars lays out a theological feast for the teachable mind and hungry heart. He sees that for most the meaning of the presence of the Spirit is obscure. Thus, at every point the Triune plan to coinhabit the human heart in the Spirit is clarified. Anyone desiring to know the Holy Spirit more intimately or to dive into what He offers to every believer will find this book more than helpful. I do not know a book on the Spirit that clearer on the full salvation which the indwelling Spirit affords. Matt Ayars assists us to incorporate the holy-making Spirit in every part of life and mission. Each section of this vibrant study is permeated with the theme that the Spirit does one thing, He makes persons holy by His personal presence. If a person is looking for a robust and comprehensive understanding of how the transformative, victorious presence of the Spirit who personally deals with all sin and powerfully enables persons to embody holy love is appropriated, this is the book. — Dr. Bill Ury, International Ambassador for Holiness, Salvation Army