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The Discipline of Grace Paperback – April 28, 2006
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Bible teacher Bridges here invites Christian believers who are pursuing holiness to pause for a moment to consider the role of God's grace in making such pursuit possible. Bridges urges the discernment of grace and the subsequent practice of the disciplines of commitment, conviction, choices, watching, and adversity. Bridges's Bible-centered devotions will appeal most to evangelical Christians seeking renewal of their faith. Recommended for most public libraries.
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We know we need grace. Without it we'd never come to Christ in the first place. But being a Christian is more than just coming to Christ. It's about growing and becoming more like Jesus. It's about pursing holiness. The pursuit of holiness is hard work, and that's were we turn from grace to discipline. Grace is every bit as important for growing as a Christian as it is for becoming a Christian in the first place. Grace is at the heart of the gospel, and without a clear understanding of the gospel and grace we can easily slip into a performance based lifestyle that bears little resemblance to what the gospel has to offer us. The Discipline Of Grace offers a clear and thorough explanation of the gospel and what it means to the believer, and how the same grace that brings us to faith in Christ also disciplines us in Christ, and how we learn to discipline ourselves in the areas of commitment, convictions, choices, watchfulness, and adversity. The Discipline Of Grace is highly recommended reading for anyone struggling to overcome the world in Christ. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Perhaps it was the timing of my reading it: I was a Freshman in college. I have always struggled to balance legalism with license to sin (anti-nomianism). The Discipline of Grace is all about staying out of these two ditches on either side of the road that is the Christian life. I struggled because I wanted to pursue godliness and holiness so much, but found myself doing it to gain God's approval. And in other seasons, I would almost justify my continuing sin by banking on God's grace. Enter this book.
Bridges shows how grace actually teaches and trains us (Titus 2) and we actually use the good news of the gospel and the love God has already given us to motivate us to pursue holiness. It's a high view of grace/justification and high view of holiness/sanctification. I had never heard this message in my entire life.
Preaching the gospel to yourself has become my mantra for my entire life since reading this book. I try to get it into as many hands as I can.
*A great companion book to read alongside this is "A Gospel Primer" by Milton Vincent - which was actually written as a response to this book.
God bless you, Jerry Bridges.
Table of Contents:
1. How Good Is Good Enough?
2. The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
3. Preach the Gospel to Yourself
4. We Died to Sin
5. Disciplined by Grace
6. Transformed into His Likeness
7. Obeying the Great Commandment
8. Dependent Discipline
9. The Discipline of Commitment
10, The Discipline of Conviction
11. The Discipline of Choices
12. The Discipline of Watching
13. The Discipline of Adversity
Overall this book has been very encouraging and challenging to me as I desire to be more like Christ, live in light of God's Grace, and depend on the Holy Spirit as I seek to discipline myself toward godliness. I highly recommend this book to all Christians looking to dive deeper into practical Christianity.
Some of the best things so far:
* Spiritually "bad" days and "good" days alike are covered by His grace -- it doesn't matter how good or bad we are, we can't measure up, but He covers us anyway.
* "refined sins": his analysis of gossip and pride were really striking, particularly when he pointed out that if we consider ourselves perfect (pride), we mentally remove ourselves from the scope of God's grace: only sinners need grace, and if we don't consider ourselves sinners, we are not eligible for God's greatest gift to us.
* "preaching the gospel to ourselves every day": his overview of the gospel is really encouraging, but also a great exhortation to holiness.
Overall, I've enjoyed this and find it very Biblically-based. A few times I've wished he'd gone into a bit more detail when defining terms, but he's done really well so far explaining both God's grace and the obedience He asks from us, without falling into either legalism or "God loves everyone! Hearts and rainbows!" that can result from discussions of grace. This is well-grounded in an acknowledgement of our sinfulness but also the hope we have through our Messiah's grace. I would (and have) definitely recommend this to people who are serious about maturing into Him who is our Head.