Influential pastor, JD Greear, helps this generation of Christians, who are weary and longing for joy, recover the dynamic presence of the Holy Spirit in their life.
Jesus promised his disciples that it was better if he returned to heaven because then the Holy Spirit could live inside them. Yet how many Christians consider their connection to the Holy Spirit so strong that they would call his presence in them better than Jesus beside them?
J. D. Greear asked that question because he knew a lot about God but was missing the vibrancy of true relationship. Only when he began to embrace the presence of the Holy Spirit in his life did he move from feeling burned out to being on fire.
In Jesus, Continued… J. D. explores questions such as, What does it mean to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit? How do the Bible and God’s Spirit work together?
Jesus, Continued shows readers that when they see their mission as something to do for God, they get overwhelmed. When they see it as something to do with God, their work becomes exhilarating. The difference is in knowing that the Holy Spirit is ready to fight their battles, use their gifts, and offer to them the peace of his presence.
If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be and why? Have you ever been asked that question? I have and of course I answered Jesus! I confess to being a Martha (see Luke 10:38-42) at times, but I’d like to think that if Jesus was in my living room, I would “make the right choice” and sit at His feet. This overwhelming desire to bask in His presence has been further amplified by my recent time spent reading Exodus and Numbers. What could be better than sitting at the feet of Jesus or talking with the Lord face to face? J.D. Greear tackles that question in his new book Jesus, Continued…Why the Spirit Inside You Is Better than Jesus Beside You.
In Jesus, Continued…, J.D. Greear has done several things which I really appreciate. First, he makes it clear that we cannot accomplish the mission of the gospel apart from the Spirit. The Spirit teaches us, empowers us, and guides us to do the will of God. Greear stresses the best way to encounter the Spirit is through the Word. He adds “If we want to grow in the Spirit, we don’t just plead for more of the Spirit – we put renewed faith in the gospel!” Drawing from personal experiences, he gives several examples of less reliable ways to determine whether a prompting is from the Spirit. He follows up by explaining six distinct ways to experience the Spirit’s presence: the Gospel, the Word of God, our giftings (aka Spiritual Gifts), the church, our spirit, and our circumstances. Finally, my favorite statement he makes is “While not every missional need in the world is your responsibility, God has particular, special assignments just for you. His Spirit wants to lead you into those and calls you to be faithful to what he assigned you.” The Martha in me screams “Hallelujah!” The Mary in me wants to curl up with my bible and let the Spirit speak to me.
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“You are either a missionary or a mission field. There is no third option.” #JesusContinued
“Here’s the bottom line: You will never be full of the Spirit so long as you are full of yourself.” @jdgreear #JesusContinued
“The Christian life is something you do with God, not for God.” #JesusContinued
“…the Spirit and the Word work inseparably. One without the other leads to dysfunctional Christianity.” @jdgreear #JesusContinued
About the Author
J. D. Greear is pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. The Summit Church has been ranked by Outreach Magazine as one of the fastest-growing churches in the United States. J. D. has a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved and Gospel: Recovering the Power That Made Christianity Revolutionary. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Veronica, and their four children.