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The Transforming Power of the Gospel (Growing in Christ) [Kindle Edition]

Jerry Bridges
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Book Description

The apostle Paul writes that we are to be transformed, but for many Christians, figuring out how to approach spiritual transformation can be elusive. Bestselling author Jerry Bridges helps us understand that we have available to us the ultimate power source for true spiritual growth: the gospel.

In The Transforming Power of the Gospel, Bridges guides you through a thorough examination of:

  • what the biblical meaning of grace is and how it applies to your life
  • how Jesus’ work in His life and death applies to the believer in justification and adoption
  • why basic spiritual disciplines are necessary for spiritual growth
  • what role the Holy Spirit plays in both definitive and progressive sanctification


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From the Back Cover

The apostle Paul wrote that we are to be transformed, but for many Christians, figuring out how to approach spiritual transformation can be elusive. Best-selling author Jerry Bridges (The Pursuit of Holiness, Respectable Sins) helps us understand that we have available to us the ultimate power source for true spiritual growth: the gospel.

In The Transforming Power of the Gospel, you'll be guided through an examination of:

• What the biblical meaning of grace is and how it applies to your life
• How Jesus’ work in His life and death applies to the believer in justification and adoption
• Why basic spiritual disciplines are necessary for spiritual growth
• What role the Holy Spirit plays in both definitive and progressive sanctification

This is Jerry Bridges at his best: honest, biblically grounded, and wanting to help you become more Christlike.



About the Author

JERRY BRIDGES is an author and conference speaker. His most popular book, The Pursuit of Holiness, has sold over one million copies. Jerry has been on the staff of The Navigators for over fifty years, and currently serves in the Collegiate Mission where he is involved primarily in staff development, but also serves as a speaker resource to the campus ministries.

Product Details

  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Navpress (January 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OHK2VU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bridges doing what Bridges does best February 12, 2012
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In some ways this is a most unremarkable book, by which I mean to commend it and not to detract from it. In an age where even gospel-centered authors cast about for a slant or angle or gimmick, Bridges is content to explore the gospel and its manifold implications by walking around it slowly, as it were, like one would a priceless, multi-faceted diamond on display in a museum, then simply describing it in everyday language. In this way - and many other ways - Bridges is like his heroes the Puritans and their 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century successors. Bridges is one of the authors to whom we can turn when we need to rehearse - that is, "re-hear" - the truth of the gospel, a gospel we need every hour of every day. Namely, the dual truths of God's holiness and the lengths to which He went to save our souls. I highly commend this new Bridges book to you for that very purpose.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work! February 29, 2012
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I would like to enthusiastically recommend this book by Jerry Bridges. I found it to be deeper and more challenging compared to another recent book on the same subject by J.D. Greear called "Gospel". Don't get me wrong, I really liked Greear's work. I thought it was well written. Read my full review here. I just felt that Bridges' treatment of the subject was more comprehensive.

Jerry goes into detail about the gospel and our need to daily embrace it. We all struggle daily with sin, and it is the daily embrace of the gospel that helps us and motivates us to continue to fight the good fight. We all have to daily wrestle against the flesh. The sin nature doesn't disappear after we commit our lives to Christ. As God's light shines more and more in our heart, we grow in him, but not without struggle. It is in the light of God that we see our sin more clearly.

This book gives us a fuller treatment of the process of sanctification. It helps us understand on a practical level what that really looks like. I especially liked his treatment of the role of the Holy Spirit: balancing our responsibility and maintaining a constant reliance on God for the ability to do good works. He also covers God's providence and how circumstances can help refine us. He ends with a chapter on "the already and the not yet"; meaning that God is continuing his work in us throughout our lives. It reminds me of Phil. 1:6, "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only source of Genuine peace with God. April 30, 2012
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I have read many how to books on living an Authentic Christian life but I have never found such an uncomplicated concentration of Bible truth regarding how it is actually possible to live a joy filled Life as a follower of Jesus Christ. This book will bring the hope of understanding to the struggle with our sin nature and how to victoriously stand before the throne of God....accepted and beloved....not in our own goodness or merit but washed clean in the blood of Jesus Christ and clothed with his perfect righteousness. This is the "Great Exchange" we receive by Gods grace through personal faith that looks outward to Jesus Christ alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great balance between grace and holiness September 4, 2012
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A few months ago, this book was a free offering on Kindle. Jerry Bridges is one of my favorite authors and this book of his is no exception. In The Transforming Power of the Gospel (2011), bridges discusses how growth in holiness is deeply rooted in the Gospel and he seems to be close to the right balance between God's grace and personal responsibility, in my opinion. Many authors that I like (e.g., John MacArthur, Francis Chan) are strong proponents of personal holiness as a mark of faith. Although they talk about the importance of grace, what comes across is a strong call to holiness. On the other end of the spectrum are writers, who I also deeply respect, like Rod Rosenblatt and Tullian Tchvidjian, who focus deeply on grace and seem to address personal holiness to a lesser degree. Recently, I have been talking with a good friend of mine that neither end of this spectrum seems to get it quite right. Bridges, as he does in many of his books, discusses the importance of holiness and spiritual transformation, but clearly grounds it in the gospel of grace and the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit. I think all of the authors mentioned above also believe this, but the message comes through more clearly in Bridges' work.

I want to conclude with two of the closing paragraphs from his book. Bridges writes, "If you commit yourself to the pursuit of Christlikeness, you will discover an increasing tension between your desire to know and do the will of God and your perceived progress in doing it. This increased tension can become discouraging and demotivating. The solution to this dilemma is to keep in mind that, in our standing before God, He sees us clothed in the perfect obedience of Christ. This standing never changes, regardless of whether we are having a good day or a bad day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope for growing in Christ January 12, 2013
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This book was a recommendation from Bible Study Fellowship. It helped me see that my love for God and others grows out of my gratitude for the Cross and that is where I need to keep my focus, not on my effort at goodness. My response of gratitude for the Cross is different than just trying harder. This is a book I will revisit and share with others. There are study questions at the end of each chapter .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
It totally changed my life and my perspective of the gospel. Great insights on how the gospel is used in our lives.
Published 14 days ago by Eric Hiett
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
This book is engaging. But it can also be used by the Holy Spirit to convict you of sin, to grow in conformity to the image of Jesus and to constantly keep in focus the power of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Malek
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on how to follow Christ's example.
This is a wonderful book on what Christ's command was to "be transformed". It gives hope to a hopeless world and shows in detail how to change into the believer that... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
This book is one that every new Christian ought to read, and the rest of us would do well to review it from time to time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nate Frost
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, very important message
This is a very good book. The subject matter is life transforming. This is about how the Gospel completely transforms our lives, and how we as Christians absolutely need the gospel... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Had one copy. Wanted to get another one for study with another person.
This was to get another one of what I already had. The price was good, so I got it. Thank you!
Published 9 months ago by Mary Kispert
5.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Practical Book
This well written book provides a solid, practical look at what sanctification and growth in Christ looks like and how to strive towards it by the Transforming Power of the Gospel.
Published 11 months ago by JosiahE.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pushing Forward
The process of leading the reader into a closer relationship with God is very good and exciting. He also makes it an easy read and open for discussion.
Published 12 months ago by Larry D. Stark
4.0 out of 5 stars The Transforming Power of the Gospel
This is a very fine book. I purchased it after reading "Transforming Grace" by the same author. Read more
Published 13 months ago by drjf4
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide to being a Disciple of Christ
This book shows what it means for a person to follow Christ and how that works out in one's life. The Gospel presentation was especially comforting to me because I struggle with... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tiffany
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More About the Author

Jerry Bridges is a longtime staff member of the Navigators and currently serves with their collegiate ministry. In addition to his international speaking ministry, he has authored ten books and three devotionals; among them The Pursuit of Holiness, which has sold well over a million copies, and the award-winning The Discipline of Grace and I Will Follow You, O God.

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