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Christ Formed in You [Kindle Edition]

Brian G. Hedges , Donald S. Whitney
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The central claim in Christ Formed in You is that it is God's purpose to change us by progressively making us more like Jesus, and that this happens only as we understand and apply the gospel to our lives. In the pages that follow we will explore the transforming power of the gospel from several angles. Part One focuses on the foundations for personal change. We will look at God's ultimate goal in transforming us (Chapter One); the key to transformation, which is the gospel itself (Chapter Two); and the application of the gospel to our lives in three specific ways (Chapters Three, Four, and Five). Part Two then takes up the pattern of personal change. We will explore the captivating beauty of gospel holiness (Chapter Six); with its demands that we both kill sin (Chapter Seven); and grow in grace by the power of the Spirit (Chapter Eight); and the quest for joy that motivates us in this pursuit and strengthens us in the battle for holiness (Chapter Nine). Part Three of the book focuses on the means of personal change, the tools God uses to transform us. These final three chapters, while building on the foundation of the gospel discussed earlier in the book, are the most practical. We will learn how God uses spiritual disciplines (Chapter Ten); suffering (Chapter Eleven); and personal relationships in the body of Christ (Chapter Twelve) to conform us to the image of Christ. In each of these chapters, my aim has been to connect the dots between the gospel, the goal of Christlikeness, and the specific aspect of spirituality under discussion.

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"Readers from all backgrounds and at all stages of life - believer or skeptic, young or old - will benefit from reading Christ Formed in You." - Discerning

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"Brian Hedges brings a beautiful clarity to our understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and pulls together a comprehensive patchwork of the Gospel's implications for everyday life. The result is a precise and practical picture of a lifestyle rooted in grace. This is a Gospel primer that I will recommend again and again." --Paul David Tripp, Pastoral staff of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA

"With clarity, balance, common sense, and a relentless commitment to keeping his eye on the goal, Brian Hedges sets the fullness of the gospel to work on the lives of believers, wielding it like a craftsman to shape us into images of Christ." --Kris Lundgaard, author of The Enemy Within and Through the Looking Glass

"Brian Hedges combines credible exegesis with astute theological balance in his approach to spiritual formation. And he wraps it all up with a thoroughgoing Christ-centeredness that is practical and winsome. Christ Formed in You is evangelical spirituality at its best!" --Del Fehsenfeld III, Pastoral Services Director, Life Action Ministries

"Brian Hedges has done the church a great service in writing this book, which reveals the God-intended path of sanctification. The ultimate goal in spiritual maturity is to transform believers into the image of Christ. Those who apply the message of this insightful book will, by God's grace, find themselves growing into authentic Christlikeness." --Steven J. Lawson, Senior Pastor, Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Mobile, AL

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on the Transformative Power of the Gospel November 18, 2010
This book had at least three things going for it before I even picked it up - the publisher (Shepherd Press, whose books I regularly enjoy), the endorsements (Tripp and Lundgaard among others), and most of all the topic...books on spiritual formation abound, but good books are far less frequent. Scanning the contents and forward (by Don Whitney) confirmed my desire to invest the time in reading the book, as well as the works referenced (by men such as Ferguson, Lloyd Jones, Carson, MacArthur, Ryle, Owen, Packer and others).

Hedges begins by outlining his aim: mapping the trail to Christlikeness. He describes many of the ways in which the gospel is warped, and seeks to trace a path between legalism and cheap grace towards Christ, and this is what the gospel is all about - it is simply the `implanting, writing and living out the gospel in our lives.' He will do this with clear writing, sound doctrine and a healthily spattering of examples and references to literature (Narnia, Middle Earth and others being prominent!)

The first section covers The Foundation of personal Change, covering 5 chapters (The Goal, the Gospel, Justification, the Heart and Sanctification). The first 2 chapters outline what the gospel is, and the reader should not skip past these as they are a very helpful recap of the gospel message and foundation for what comes afterwards. In chapter 1 Hedges outlines the grand themes of the story: Scripture, Creation, Fall and Redemption, showing that God's purpose is to restore the shattered image in ever deeper conformity to Christ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gospel Centered Pursuit of Holiness November 8, 2010
While his teenage peers worried about little more than Friday's exam over Romeo and Juliet, Brian Hedges was contemplating a call to preach. He answered that call at the age of eighteen. Since then, between serving in a para-church ministry and preaching in his local church, Hedges has gained eighteen years of ministry experience. That's not bad for a 36 year old.

Hedges' preaching is characterized by clear, well-organized, well-illustrated, expository sermons that are full of practical application. And in his first book, Christ Formed in You, he proves that he can deliver as powerful and practical a message in writing as he can in preaching.

In the foreword, Donald Whitney captures the essence of Christ Formed in You:

"Brian Hedges understands that the pursuit of "the holiness without which no one will see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14) requires a clear understanding of the Gospel. For it is in the Gospel that we see Christ in His glory most clearly. And the better we understand and feast our souls on the Gospel of Christ, the more intimate with and like Jesus we become."

The twelve chapters in Christ Formed in You are divided under three headings:

Part 1: The Foundations of Personal Change
Part 2: The Path of Personal Change
Part 3: The Means of Personal Change

In Part 1, Hedges gives an in-depth explanation of the gospel and its various aspects. These chapters are foundational to the book, just as a correct understanding of the gospel is foundational to any progress in holiness. Change "happens only as we understand and apply the gospel to our lives." And central to the gospel is Jesus Christ, our example of perfect holiness. Hedges writes:

"Jesus is the true Imago Dei, the true image of God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Snake-Oil Here December 16, 2010
Christ Formed in You; The Power of the Gospel for Personal Change. Brian Hedges (Review)

Christ Formed in You; The Power of the Gospel for Personal Change is a promising and compelling title. It is promising because it suggests it is the Christian gospel that empowers change. It is compelling because of the universal longing for change.

Personal change is big business in our world. People want to change. They know they need to change. To at least some degree, they desire personal change. Thousands upon thousands of books are sold in America every day on aspects of personal change. People are not unaware of their need for personal change. They are not unwilling or disinterested in change. They are, however, often lacking desire and power for personal change.

Popular studies suggest that many who claim to follow Christ are not different from those around them who make no such claim. This is one of many reasons professing Christians need to experience personal transformation. In Christ Formed in You, Hedges deals with the foundations for personal change, the pattern of personal change, and the means of personal change.

Hedges states early that his "...central claim in Christ Formed in You is that it is God's purpose to change us by progressively making us more like Jesus, and that this happens only as we understand and apply the gospel to our lives."

The book is about change. It is about a miraculous and lasting kind of change the Bible calls transformation. It is about a miraculous transformation that results in holiness. Hedges book is not just about how to be saved by the gospel, but how to be made progressively holy by the gospel. Does that work? How does that work? Hedges answers these questions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Worth your time to read this short but powerful book. HIGHLY recommended.
Quick read and eye-opening. Was recommended by the seminary.
Published 2 months ago by T. Wilcoxson
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Just started it, but have already had two strong lessons that I am working on learning. So far, easy to read and understand.
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Kimball
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book on the Application of the Gospel to our lives
This was a insightful book on the Gospel- the Good News that is more than the start of the Christian life, but it is the whole of the Christian life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Calmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Most excellent book!!!
Best book l have read on living the Christ-like life. Well written. Good supporting quotes and references. Very gifted teacher.
Published 8 months ago by David E Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
This is one of the most down to earth expenations of the gospel work of Jesus Christ that I have read. It is clear and accurate according to scripture.
Published 11 months ago by Bob stearns
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I was on the fence about buying this book but the great (Kindle) price convinced me and I'm so glad that it did. Read more
Published 12 months ago by D. Demarco
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
Our mens group is using this as a study guide and downloading to my Kindle was a great way to have the book to study. Thanks Amazon for electronic "print".
Published 16 months ago by Timmie Wayne
4.0 out of 5 stars A great one-stop gospel-centered resource for Christian growth
The author, Brian Hedges, of Christ Formed in You: The Power of the Gospel for Personal Change kindly sent me this book at no cost with no expectations for a positive review. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jeremy Oddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
This book really speaks to the quest for Holiness and progressive sanctification for which faith Christians are concerned. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dallas Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Hedges hits a home run with this book
Not many evangelical books these days exist that biblically and responsibly deals with the subject of spiritual formation. Read more
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Brian Hedges is the Lead Pastor for Fulkerson Park Baptist Church in Niles, Michigan, where he has served since 2003. He is the author of Christ Formed in You: The Power of the Gospel for Personal Change (Shepherd Press, 2010), Licensed to Kill: A Field Manual for Mortifying Sin (Cruciform Press, 2011), and Active Spirituality: Grace and Effort in the Christian Life (Shepherd Press, forthcoming). He has also written for several journals and periodicals. He has been married to Holly since 1996 and they have three children. For fun, Brian enjoys reading, golf, and good movies.

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