The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace

HSRGI wrote this book back in 1995. It’s still in print and available in a few bookstores. In fact, you can buy the book for less than the cost to print it. (The price of getting old is finding yourself in the bargain bin!)

The entire book can be downloaded for free as a .pdf here: The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace.

Two of our schools of preaching revised their instruction on the Holy Spirit based on this book. A number of congregations have found the book helpful in explaining the breadth of God’s grace. It’s designed to be suitable for teaching in a Sunday School setting.

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  1. Andy Cooper says:

    I believe this is a giant step in the Lord's direction for the Churches of Christ…actually for the church of Christ. I have only read it once and plan on rereading and studying it slowly and carefully. I believe the Holy Spirit will take the author even farther with the truths re: the Holy Spirit and grace. How will we ever arrive at the unity of the Spirit if we don't allow Him to work within us?

    Ephesians 4:1-4 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call–

    Recommended reading for all.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    not bad

  11. raacy4gemsv says:

    Thank you for your free pdf. I write a newsletter on the Spirit and like to compare sites that attach themselves to mine automatically. Interested?

    gemsivspirit.wordpress.com

  12. Levi C. Nueva says:

    Just want to clarify your position on unity. Does unity here includes all Bible believing Christians that is, those who believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ which we cannot deny are in different denominations? Or just unity among your churches? (Church of Christ- instrumental or non-instrumental) Do you believe that there are churches or denomination outside of your organization will get to heaven? Or do you only believe that only members of your organization will make to heaven. Please clarify.
    Thanks,
    Levi

  13. Jay Guin says:

    Levi,

    Sometime after I wrote this book, I wrote Born of Water, which deals with baptism. http://oneinjesus.info/books-by-jay-guin/born-of-

    The short answer is: the Churches of Christ aren't the only Christians.

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  17. JMF says:

    Jay—

    Here is an interesting challenge I got today to the Heb. 6:4-6 passage.

    One of the students in my class posted a question on the COC "House To House" website about the proposed-reading of Heb.6:4-6 that is in HSARG (basically, taking the scripture exactly at face value).

    Here is the paste. I am going to space the question way apart from the answer so there is no confusion:

    Here is the question from the person in my class:

    If you believe that people can fall away, then repent and be in God's grace again.. then how do you explain Hebrews 6:4-6? My belief is that one can indeed fall away, but once one falls away, one cannot come back. Not because God wouldn't forgive him, but because he would not have the desire to come back. One can fall away by losing faith, losing penitence, and trying to be justified by works. (It is much harder to fall away than the traditional coc view)

    [Jay--how about some props to my student! How is that for a concise description of falling away!!]

    HERE'S THE ANSWER FROM THE COC "House To House" WEBSITE:

    Good to hear from you again. I think there is an important part of Hebrews 6 that you are failing to consider, and that is verses 4-5, which indicate that these fallen ones have been partakers of the miraculous spiritual gifts and the powers of the age to come.

    James 5:19-20 makes it very clear that a Christian can fall away and be restored, (emp mine)… "19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins." NKJV

    The text is clear that the fallen one is one who is among the brethren, and can be turned back to the saving of his soul.

    BACK TO JMF:

    Jay, here is what I take from that: The person that answered this question would have to take a Word-only view of the HS–as he is saying that the "heavenly gift" is a "miraculous gift" and thus, wouldn't apply to us today. And so, it seems, he writes off this whole verse.

    As to the James passage, I don't recall that being covered in HSARG. It is obvious, to me, that in order to be "brought back", one would still have to be penitent. It appears that he has made the leap that "wandering from the truth" would equate to "falling away."

    Do you have any thoughts as to how I answered these challenges?

    Jay, I read an old post today titled, "Myth: Teaching grace is dangerous". I think you should change the name of that post to, "FACT: Teaching grace is dangerous!" :)

    This has been way harder than I ever would have imagined. I'm trying to stay on top of it; I'm probably putting in 20-25hrs/week in prep for each class. But, new ideas are challenging to a class. I didn't expect this, since (1) I like to be challenged and (2) we have no spoken theology on falling, and I've clearly proven that in the class.

    On the positive side, a dialog has been opened up and something that we never talk about is being discussed. My students love the class; some asked the elders if we could skip the devo service and go straight to our class so that we'd have more time. We've had three classes, and two of them have gone until 11 pm (seriously). One pre-med student texts me daily with questions. It is an incredible feeling.

    But man, I've taken a few bumps and bruises as well. I guess I was naive, as I didn't expect that. My nature is combative, so I've really been trying to drape myself in Romans 14 and 1 Cor. 13.

    Okay, so this has turned into a rant/vent.

    I'd appreciate any feedback you have on the challenge I was dealt. And I'll certainly take anything else you have to offer for encouragement.

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  19. George Wyatt says:

    We are starting a study of “The Holy Spirit And Revolutionary Grace” in a Sunday night house meeting. Is a dvd format available for this or for any other of your books? Thanks, George Wyatt

  20. Avatar of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    George,

    I’m really quite flattered that you’d ask such a question. No DVDs for HSRG. But you can just have some old, very unphotogenic guy with a West Alabama accent read the lessons outloud, and I’m sure you’d get much the same effect.

  21. Michael says:

    What if the “grace” of God actually is the revelation of Christ and the knowledge of the mysteries of the Father through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit? God’s grace, (revelation) is the gift that saves us from the law. For by grace, (revelation of Christ) you have been saved through faith. Eph. 2:8

    a brother

  22. Avatar of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Michael,

    Interesting …

    I’d put it the other way. God reveals himself through his grace. Faith in Jesus opens our hearts to that revelation. The Spirit empowers us to be transformed by that revelation. All of the above brings us into unity with the Trinity.

  23. Michael says:

    Jay,
    The Father does indeed reveal Himself through His grace. Faith in Jesus comes when we have the revelation of who He is by the knowledge of the Holy Spirit. Only by the Spirit can we call Jesus Lord. We must have revelation, (grace) first to receive the truth of God. The Father doesn’t share His grace with us, He is grace….. and is sharing Himself with us. This is the magnificence of the atonement. He indwells us, not the temple.
    stay strong brother

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