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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581348525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581348521
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Packer is lucid, often illustrates well, and is orderly. A good brief discussion appears on what would be true for Christianity if Jesus had not risen. Packer also has good reasons Christians can validly believe that Jesus did rise. A number of other fine discussions are helpful, such as what heaven means, Christ's public future coming, the Holy Spirit, forgiveness, bodily resurrection, everlasting life, baptism, baptism in the Spirit."
James E. Rosscup, The Master's Seminary Journal

"Maturity in the spiritual life, like its counterparts in the social and emotional realms, requires conscious effort. Renowned author J. I. Packer gives the benefit of his extended experiences in achieving growth in Christ. Don't expect a book of doctrines that only theologians can understand. Packer clothes doctrine with practical everyday living applications."
Glen H. Jones, Pulpit Helps

"Packer does an exceptionally fine job of providing simple analyses of profound material. His insights invite further reflection, development, and discussion. The book is worth owning. Anyone who wishes to preach about, discuss, or simply reflect on the 'three great formulae' of the Christian faith and their incorporation into the historic catechisms would be enriched by Packer's Growing in Christ."
Wilbert M. Van Dyk, Calvin Theological Journal

About the Author

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.


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J.I. Packer currently serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. An ordained Anglican minister, he hold a D.Phil. from Oxford University. Dr. Packer's many published works include "Rediscovering Holiness, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God," and the best-selling "Knowing God."

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Very useful for individual or group.
Elizabeth E. Knussman
I highly recommend it for those deepening their faith, just learning, or checking out Christianity.
Matthew S. Mayes
I also greatly appreciate the passages for further study that Packer provides.
Steven M. McCarthy

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. McCarthy on October 5, 2009
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As always, I find Packer clear, concise, compelling, convincing and spiritually challenging. I think he's on the right track here in approaching Christian Growth via the three great formula of the faith: The Apostle's Creed, The Lord's Prayer, and the 10 Commandment, as well as Baptism. He goes through these important topics in a soul searching and devotion inspiring manner. I have not completed the whole book yet, but so far his section on The Apostle's Creed is great in all these ways, and I eagerly look forward to the rest. I also greatly appreciate the passages for further study that Packer provides. I have been doing those and they greatly enrich and solidify the study. These and the questions for discussion also make the book great to work through with a new believer to help them get grounded in Jesus. If you don't have Packer's Knowing God, order that as well and read this as a companion piece to it, as Packer intended. Knowing God will help ground you in Packer's approach to the Three Formula. And in all things, "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." (1 Peter 3:18)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew S. Mayes on September 4, 2009
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J. I. Packer's book, Growing in Christ is based on the historic Anglican catechism (instruction) on the Christian faith using four items that best sum up and teach a biblical faith. They are the Nicene Creed (about God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), entering into God's chosen in Christ through Baptism and Conversion, Praying using the Lord's Prayer to teach us, and God's design for our lives using the Ten Commandments. It is, I believe to be, a thought provoking book that delves deeply into what each means for the Christian today based on solid biblical scholarship and theology. Yet while it challenges it is not beyond anyone. I would recommend for those who really want to understand their faith. It is in short chapters that one can be done in the day, including meditating on his questions and reading through additional suggested scriptural readings. We use it for our instruction, adult, and new Christian training. I highly recommend it for those deepening their faith, just learning, or checking out Christianity. Growing in Christ
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth E. Knussman on July 12, 2007
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I was particularly looking for a book which handled the Ten Commandments when I came across this title by Dr. Packer.
Originally published as I WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN. Covers The Apostles' Creed, Baptism and Conversion, The Lord's Prayer, and The Ten Commandments, by breaking each down into concise studies. Very useful for individual or group.
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J.I. Packer's "Growing in Christ" is a wonderful introduction to the Christian life. For centuries, the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments have been at the heart of catechesis and Christian formation. And these are precisely the topics Packer masterfully presents in "Growing in Christ." I teach the confirmation class at my Anglican parish, and "Growing in Christ" has been an excellent resource for teaching the fundamentals of the Christian life. Packer also devotes ¼ of his book to baptism and conversion.

"Growing in Christ" is an excellent book largely because Packer writes in a very simple yet deep way that will be a benefit to just about any Christian, young or old, young in the faith or a pastor, teacher, or parent. One of the things Packer does best is to break down the structure of the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments and show how the parts relate. And then he explains each phrase in a way that gives you something to think about. Packer is also good at providing some mnemonics for remembering key points. For example, Packer presents "provision, pardon, and protection" as 3 ideas that are central to the Lord's Prayer.

Another great mnemonic teaching Packer presents is this triad of 3 C's:
The Creed deals with "Christian Convictions"
The Lord's Prayer deals with "Communion with God"
The Ten Commandments deal with "Code of Conduct"

Packer conveys a lot of rich meaning in a book this size. I highly recommend it for new Christians, Sunday school teachers, confirmation teachers, or even more mature Christians who want a deeper grounding in their faith.
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Though we memorize and may often recite these ancient writings during our Christian lives, I doubt most of us Christians truly understand the words spoken. Dr. Packer helps reach deep into the meaning and gain an understanding to push us forward in our faith walk. We are blessed to have this humble man share his insights with such clarity and encouragement.
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This is another fine work from J.I. Packer that has helped me in my Christian walk immensely. I have learned so much from this book and greatly appreciate the suggested Scripture readings at the end of each chapter. I recommend this to Christians at any level of maturity and to non-believers curious about the faith. These basic truths treated with great care and depth will provide a good foundation on which to continue to fight the fight of faith and grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Read it slowly, read the suggested Scriptures, and supplement your time in this book with prayer and you will be greatly blessed.
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