In Galatians 5:16, Paul says, “…walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Paul expresses the same idea in Romans 8:4 when he says, “…who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” Over the years I have read these verses and so many others that deal with the idea of walking or living in the Spirit. I have even done my best at applying these verses, but I don’t believe I have really ever understood what it means to walk in the Spirit until I recently read Walking in the Spirit by Kenneth Berding.
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Back to the book. Walking in the Spirit was one of the best Christian living type books I have ever read! Other than the Bible, this is one of those books that made a huge impact on my spiritual life. The principles and thoughts shared from Berding in this book helped me learn what it means and looks like to walk in the Spirit. This book will defiantly help you learn how to walk in the Spirit practically and how to instruct others to walk in the Spirit. I would encourage pastors, teachers, and anyone who teaches to Bible to read this book so you can better understand Paul’s idea of walking in the Spirit.
In Walking in the Spirit, Berding basically lays out what it means to walk in the Spirit. He opens up the book with a chapter that lays a foundation of what it means to walk in the Spirit. For the rest of the book each chapter gives a principle that when its applied you will be walking in the Spirit. Each chapter, or principle, builds off the one before and once all the principles are put together you see what it means to truly walk in the Spirit. These are the principles:
Set your mind on the things of the Spirit
Put to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit
Be led by the Spirit
Know the fatherhood of God by the Spirit
Hope in the Spirit
Pray in the Spirit
Each chapter ends with a few review questions which makes this a great book for small groups or even a teaching series. Also, the end of the book has a few appendixes that will help you dig dipper into this idea and help you apply what you learned. Again, this is a book that is worth putting on your reading list and reading sometime.
Click here to order a copy of Walking in the Spirit from Amazon for a great price! Kenneth Berding is professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University and has wrote several books.