The Normal Christian Birth

How to Give New Believers a Proper Start in Life

The Normal Christian Birth

Basing his study on the New Testament, David Pawson advocates a synthesis of the 'liberal' emphasis on repentance, the 'evangelical' on faith, the 'sacramental' on baptism and the 'pentecostal' on the Spirit. He then relates these 'spiritual dooes' to the concepts of conversion and regeneration. The Normal Christian Birth looks at crucial and controversial texts, challenging traditional interpretations. The final section on evangelistic counselling questions the adequacy of the typical 'sinner's prayer' approach. Drawing from scripture and experience, David Pawson gives many practical tips on helping potential discipes to repent, believe, be baptised and receive the Spirit.

Beginning Well

Christian Conversion & Authentic Transformation

Beginning Well

Gordon T. Smith contends that the key to complete and authentic Christian conversion is an appropriate theology of conversion--in other words, beginning well.

Baptism and the Baptists

Theology and Practice in Twentieth-Century Britain

Baptism and the Baptists

Since its first publication in 2000, Baptism and the Baptists has become the definitive work on the subject. It examines the theology and practice of believers' baptism among twentieth-century Baptists associated with the Baptist Union of Great Britain, and identifies the major influences which have led to its development. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, the majority of Baptists concentrated predominantly on the mode and subjects of baptism (immersion and believers), understanding the rite merely as an ordinance--the believer's personal profession of faith in Christ. However, in continuity with a tradition of Baptists going back as far as the first Baptists in the second and third decades of the seventeenth century, there were also a significant number of ministers and scholars who saw the inadequacy of this view of baptism both biblically and theologically. This sacramental view developed and grew throughout the twentieth century, and influenced a resurgence of baptismal sacramentalism in the early twenty-first century among Baptists not just in Britain, but also in North America, Europe, and further afield.

Exploring Christian Doctrine

Exploring Christian Doctrine

This reliable and highly readable textbook provides comprehensive coverage of core Christian beliefs from an evangelical perspective. Developed from the author's popular introductory course on Christian doctrine, the book rests firmly on biblical foundations while also providing a balanced discussion of areas where evangelicals disagree. As with other books in SPCK's 'Exploring' series, the text will be accompanied by essay topics and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter.

A Bombshell in the Baptistery

An Examination of the Influence of George Beasley-Murray on the Baptismal Writings of Select Southern Baptist and Baptist Union of Great Britain Scholars

A Bombshell in the Baptistery

Who should be baptized? Should a person who has not been baptized be allowed to become a member of a church? What happens when a person is baptized? There are a number of important questions about baptism that call for biblical and theological reflection on a more fundamental question—what is baptism? Perhaps no one in the twentieth century addressed that question more thoroughly than British New Testament scholar George Beasley-Murray. While touching on a range of issues related to baptism, this book explores the influence that Beasley-Murray’s work has had on the debate about the meaning of baptism, and shows why his work was referred to as “a bombshell in the baptistery.”

Believing in Baptism

Understanding and Living God's Covenant Sign

Believing in Baptism

Including a Foreword by the Rt. Rev. Graham Tomlin, this volume examines the theology and practice of baptism. It contains a narrative introduction that highlights the different approaches taken to baptism, and the various issues that come with them. The volume also covers how the changing cultural context within Britain has influenced responses to baptism. At the heart of the book is a detailed examination of the theme of covenant running through the Bible and how this shapes its understanding of baptism. Gordon Kuhrt and his son Stephen explore several controversial issues associated with baptism. Believing in Baptism contains an in-depth discussion of the sacramental issues surrounding baptismal 'efficacy', for instance, as well as infant or family baptism. The authors also examine the 'Baptist' view, discrimination in Baptism and the issue of 'Rebaptism'. Finally, they consider the issue of 'Baptism and its Completion?', and make practical recommendations on the ways in which baptism should be taught and lived in the local church.

The Normal Christian Life Study Guide

The Normal Christian Life Study Guide

In this book, Harry Foster provides a guide for groups and individuals studying Watchman Nee’s classic The Normal Christian Life. The book includes introductions to each chapter, along with questions for group discussion.

First Corinthians

Fostering Spirituality

First Corinthians


Pentecostalism

The Eddies of Ghanaian Christianity

Pentecostalism