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Christ Formed in You: The Power of the Gospel for Personal Change Paperback – November 8, 2010
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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 --Back Cover
"This is a Gospel primer that I will recommend again and again." --Paul David Tripp, Pastoral staff of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA --Back Cover
"Christ Formed in You is evangelical spirituality at its best!" --Del Fehsenfeld III, Pastoral Services Director, Life Action Ministries --Back Cover
"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 --Back Cover
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"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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A thorough and systematic exploration of the means God uses to sanctify us, that is, to form us into the image of Christ.Published 3 months ago by Russell Board
This is a much more doctrinal exploration of spiritual formation than "Renovation of the Heart" (Dallas Willard). That is both a strength and weakness. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cloyd
Brian provides an instructive word on how the believers both passively & actively is shaped into the image of Christ. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joel Bradsher
One of the best books I've read looking holistically at the Christian life. Good buyPublished 10 months ago by Zach Dillon
Hedges brings the best of the voices in practical theology together, both old and new (Sibbes, Brooks, Calvin, Luther, Keller, Piper, Storms) in a readable and helpful volumn.Published 17 months ago by T. C. Welch
Very seldom do you find a book that's easy to understand justification, glorification, vivification, etc. This is a must have book for your library!Published 18 months ago by David Rojas
Read this and be challenged and transformed! There is so much to chew on, you have to read again and again.very biblical and practical!Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really helped me in the chapters of Suffering and Community. For these two chapters alone it is priceless truth...of God.Published 20 months ago by Kindle Customer