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Pleasing God: Discovering the Meaning and Importance of Sanctification (Classic Theology) [Kindle Edition]

R. C. Sproul
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Dr. R.C. Sproul is one of the most vital and renowned theologians of our time. For over 40 years Dr. Sproul has encouraged, educated, and enlightened millions through his books, teaching, and ministry.
How can imperfect people hope to please a perfect God? The answer is both simple and challenging: sanctification. Pleasing God takes an in-depth look at sanctification and its essential role in the life of every believer. Filled with Biblical insights, this release guides both new and seasoned Christians through God’s path for transforming His people.

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Sanctification is not an everyday word. In fact, it’s an idea that has little value in our me-focused, instant-gratification world. Yet regardless of trends, culture, or opinion, being sanctified—being set apart from the world—remains a vital part of our journey with Christ.
But what does this process look like? How do we begin? And is it even possible to live a life pleasing to God?
Renowned theologian and teacher Dr. R.C. Sproul believes it’s not only possible, it’s our calling. Pleasing God delivers an in-depth look at God’s plan and pathway for spiritual maturity. Clearing away the confusion of religion and dogma, Dr. Sproul reveals how every believer can experience authentic, lasting life-change through their relationship with God. Built on sound doctrine and rich in Biblical insights, Pleasing God offers a practical guide for anyone longing to live a life that honors their Savior.

About the Author

Dr. R. C. Sproul is the President of Reformation Bible College and the Founder and Chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international multimedia ministry. Dr. Sproul’s teaching can be heard on the program Renewing Your Mind with Dr. R. C. Sproul, which is broadcast in more than 40 countries worldwide. He is the author of more than 70 books, including The Holiness of God. Dr. Sproul and his wife, Vesta, reside near Orlando, FL.

Product Details

  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0781407281
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; 2 edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VBQ2K2
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sproul December 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I severely underestimated this book. R. C. Sproul brings balance and clarity to the conversations surrounding pleasing God, sanctification, and total depravity. Also, if you've heard Sproul speak you can expect the same scholarly approachability you're used to.

In Pleasing God, Sproul takes a different approach than most of the recent books on sanctification. He tackles topics that the other books don't cover (see overview below) and he addresses pertinent points with clarity and depth.

He begins and ends with grace
Regeneration is the beginning of a journey. It is a journey with successes and failures, with growth amid stumbling. At times, the progress seems painfully slow, but progress is there. It is a movement to sharper focus--a life that begins with a touch of tender grace and moves towards more grace. (p. 14)
He discusses the goal of Christian living, self-righteousness; he tackles our battle with the world, the flesh, and the devil; he pastorally approaches the topics of fear, guilt, and forgiveness; he also addresses carnality and the core sins of pride, slothfulness, and dishonesty. I found his closing discussion on doctrine and life particularly enlightening.

Sproul has a strong word against perfectionism and second blessing theology. Again he emphasizes the journey:
Sanctification requires far more than a quick experience of the laying on of hands. Rebirth is instantaneous. Justification instantaneous. But sanctification is a lifelong process. It involves a diligent struggle against a multitude of obstacles. It is like the journey of Bunyan's pilgrim, filled with pitfalls and laden with perils.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars essential reading for righteous living October 27, 2012
By Joan N.
"Every Christian should have a passion to please God," Sproul writes. "We are to delight in honoring Him. It should be our greatest desire to please our Redeemer." The priorities of the Christian life are to be seeking the kingdom, seeking righteousness.
Spirituality is often confused with righteousness. "Spirituality can be a cheap substitute for righteousness." Righteousness is doing what is right in the sight of God. The demand of true righteousness is so great that no one will achieve it in this world. (Sproul distinguishes the righteousness we have in Christ and righteous living - pleasing God.)
Sproul covers several topics as he discusses the behavior that pleases God. He is pleased when we obey the Golden Rule, when we pursue justice and mercy, and when we practice loyal love. God is please when we resist Satan, when we throw ourselves on His mercy when we sin, when we gratefully accept His forgiveness, and when we make amends for the sins we commit against others.
He also covers a variety of other topics in his discussion. He writes about God demanding a transformed mind. He distinguishes forgiveness and the feeling of being forgiven (and the same with guilt). He writes on the error of the "carnal" Christian. He looks at pride, slothfulness, and dishonesty.
He ends with the necessity of right doctrine for right thinking and right living. His final encouragement is to never give up.

R. C. has written this book as a practical guide to Christian living. He covers a variety of issues dealing with righteousness and pleasing God. This is not light reading. Sproul doesn't like fluff and it shows. Any Christian desiring to know what it means to please God will benefit from reading this book.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biblical and Weighty January 19, 2013
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This book was of significant import to me. As one who has struggled to understand how God can forgive and "remember my sins no more" (He is, after all, all-knowing), and how He can look at a sinner and be pleased, Sproul's chapters on Forgiveness and Satan as Accuser were eye-opening, freeing and life-changing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I was motivated to read Pleasing God after hearing a number of messages by Dr. Sproul on his daily broadcast/podcast Renewing Your Mind. He provides exceptional clarity on the critical doctrines of Christianity in both the written and the spoken word. There are two critical words that stood out for me in Dr. Sproul's book: arrogance; and accusation. If God says that we are forgiven, then we are forgiven indeed. If we question our forgiveness or feel differently about it, then Dr. Sproul advises us to pray for humility. However, there's a vast difference between that and the accusations of the Prince of Darkness or Satan who would rather see us believe that we are not forgiven after all. As Dr. Sproul writes, "He can make us feel good when we should feel guilty and make us feel guilty when we should be at peace ... Satan's accusations drive us to despair, but there is something sweet about the conviction of the Holy Spirit. When He brings our guilt to our attention He brings also the consolation of forgiveness and restoration." We must hold fast to the Lord!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book November 21, 2013
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This book is well written explaining deep doctrines in a easy to read fashion . I found it very encouraging
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 14, 2014
By Tony L.
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An ancient truth written in modern language.
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