Spirit Inside or Jesus Beside—Which Would You Pick?

| December 23, 2014

If you could either have God’s Spirit inside you or God’s Son beside you, which would you choose—and why? What might it look like to experience the Holy Spirit not as a doctrine or a force but as a real, living person? What practical difference would a relationship with him—not “it”—entail? What would it demand?

In Jesus, Continued . . . : Why the Spirit Inside You Is Better than Jesus Beside You (Zondervan), J. D. Greear draws from Scripture, history, and experience to provide an accessible introduction to the godhead’s most overlooked member. Whether you are in the throes of ministry burnout or trying to figure out what to think about the Holy Spirit, this new book will help you better appreciate—and perhaps experience—his guiding, gifting, empowering ministry in your life.

I spoke with Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, about how this topic transformed his ministry, why Spirit-led believers interpret the Scriptures so differently, and more.

“Why the Spirit inside us is better than Jesus beside us” makes for a catchy subtitle, but how is that statement actually true?

Ha . . . well, that’s blunt! Good question. In saying, “the Spirit inside you is better…

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