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The Joy of Fearing God: The Fear of the Lord is a Life-Giving Fountain Hardcover – April 1, 1998

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“The Joy of Fearing God, like its author, is a timeless classic. Years ago I led a group study of this unique book, and we all found it deeply refreshing and rewarding in our walks with Christ. I have the highest regard for Jerry Bridges, and I’m delighted to see one of his greatest books available for a new generation of readers!”
Randy Alcorn, author of Heaven and Happiness

“Reading Jerry Bridges is like eavesdropping on an angel enraptured by adoration. He understands the fear of God as an awe-filled reverence before the divine majesty. This book will expand the mind and loose the soul to soar on high.”
R. C. Sproul

“Only the fear of God has the power to disarm any other fear that would capture our hearts and control our lives. I am thankful that Jerry Bridges has written a book that defines and practically explains what the fear of God is all about and the beautiful effects it will have on our lives.”
Paul David Tripp, pastor, author, and conference speaker

“Jerry Bridges has deeply plumbed and warmly written about the gospel for decades. This work, The Joy of Fearing God, is no different. The fear of God he writes of in his classic work is one of intense, joyous, intimate relationship with a sovereign God who, though He demands perfect obedience, has nevertheless opened wide his arms of welcome to sinners. It is because we are conscious of both our own sinfulness and His indescribable condescension and love that we run into His presence with worship and awe. I’m thankful for Bridges and his commitment to live ‘under the gospel’ every day. You will be too.”
Elyse Fitzpatrick, author of Good News for Weary Women

“Joy and fear are not two words that usually go together. Jerry Bridges shows why they do—indeed, must—go together when it comes to our relationship with God. Drawing from deep wells of scriptural and historical reflection, Bridges introduces us to a God who amazes us with His power and woos us with His grace.” 
Trevin Wax, managing editor of The Gospel Project, author of Clear Winter Nights and Holy Subversion

“This classic from Jerry Bridges is the epitome of a journey book—the kind of book that isn’t content to skim the surface of truth, but one that takes us by the hand and leads us into the depths of the knowledge of God. It’s not merely about fearing God. It’s about who God is, about what he’s done in the gospel, and how we should live in the light of his reality.”
Jonathan Parnell, lead pastor, Cities Church, Minneapolis–St. Paul --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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How can fear lead to joy?

Isn't the fear of the Lord kind of old-fashioned? After all, Christians are supposed to love God and live in intimate relationship with Him. What kind of relationship can you have with someone you fear? A great one asserts Jerry Bridges, as he unpacks the biblical promise that God delights in those who fear Him.

In The Joy of Fearing God, trusted author, Jerry Bridges gives you a surprising and revealing look at what the Bible says about why Christians should fear God. As he examines the awesome greatness of God--His incredible holiness, deep wisdom, and inspiring love--Bridges provides a deeper understanding of who God is and what it means to have a biblical fear of God.

You'll make the startling discovery that the fear of the Lord--far from being something to avoid--is the key to joyful, fulfilling, and genuine intimacy with God. It's something that can change your relationship with God--and your life! Discover the surprising joy of fearing God!
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 1st edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578560292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578560295
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The beauty of this book is that it is so down to earth about matters that are so lofty and beyong human understanding. Bridges writes in an easily digestible manner. Relating the fear of God through scriptures and short stories and even points to some helpful devotional-like activities to help worship this fear-inspiring God. This book does not address the issue of fear of God's wrath because the book makes it quite clear this is not a "godly" fear of God. Bridges gets the reader in touch with a sovereign, loving, merciful, immeasurably immense God whom we should trust, love and fear because of his soveriegnty, love, mercy, and immensity... NOT because of his wrath.
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"The Joy of Fearing God" is a great book to understand how we should have the proper relationship with God. It started by talking theological doctrine that sounded very biblical based. Then, the author gave us some practical ways to exercise the knowledge we learn through the book. I had some dry time spiritually before I started reading this book. However, I forced myself to read this book to know what "the fear of God" really means. By reading through this book, God spoke to me and strengthened my faith. God prepared me to go through some huge trial happened recently in my life by using this book. If you have some doubt about God's love or God's goodness, read this book before you back off. However, it's very clear and understandable even for someone who doesn't like reading. Even English is my second language, it effected me so strongly. I especially recommend this book to Youth and College students. Also, it's great for parents. I have some disagreement with the author about the authority of employer and government, yet it doesn't change the value of this book. Please read it prayerfully and start having the Joy of fearing God! By J.I.
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THE JOY OF FEARING GOD by Jerry Bridges is an excellent book on an often over-looked topic in modern Christianity. In the first chapter he states his premise clearly: "There was a time when committed Christians were known as God-fearing people. This was a badge of honor. But somewhere along the way we lost it. Now the idea of fearing God, if thought of at all, seems like a relic from the past. That's to our detriment. The fear of God is actually as relevant today as it was in bygone generations" (1). In the remaining fourteen chapters he defines, describes, and illustrates what it means for Christians to individually and corporately to fear God in their lives. Chapter titles include "Beyond Measure, Beyond Compare" describing God's greatness, "Transcendent Majesty" describing God's holiness, "He Is Lord" describing God's sovereignty, and "He Is Worthy" describing how essential the fear of the Lord is in our worship.
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How important is it 'To Fear God'? One of the chapter titles is 'The Soul Of Godliness'.Jerry Bridges believes (as do John Murray and I)that 'The Heart And Soul Of Godliness' is the fear of God.-Mr.Bridges quotes John Murray "The fear of God is the soul of godliness.That is,the fear of God is the animating and invigorating principle of a godly life." Is holiness important in the life of a believer?God commands his people to be holy because he is holy.If 'Fearing God' is the essence of holiness,that helps us to see something of its importance.

How influential should godly fear be in our daily lives?If we want to glorify God and desire to live for Him we must have knowledge of who God is and what He desires form us-Proverbs 1:7a 'The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge...'.-"It is the fear of the Lord that should determine our fundamental outlook on life."

The author contends that one of the principal parts of fearing God is obedience to His commands.One of the evidences that someone fears God is wholehearted submission to His Word-"...and it is a conscious obedience to God's commands as given in His Word that constitutes godly fear."

In the second section of this book Mr.Bridges considers aspects of who God is (some of His attributes-holiness,wisdom,love).One cannot fear an unknown god.The knowledge of God in His being and nature is the foundation of every doctrine.The greater one's knowledge of 'The Triune God',the more you will be enabled,by His grace,to walk in godly fear.We often try to categorize things to help us better understand them.Are any of God's attributes more important than the others? Bridges puts to rest that type of thinking with this assertion- "...
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The Joy of Fearing God by Jerry Bridges takes readers on a journey they will never forget. Bridges paints a clear and compelling portrait; one that promotes reverence and clearly outlines the necessary ingredients in a relationship that rightly honors the God of the universe. The Joy of Fearing God is a typical Bridges book. It exalts Christ and humbles the creature.
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As facilitator of a womens Bible Study group I'm experiencing changes in my own life due to this book! Jerry Bridges has a very clear way of sharing what the Lord has revealed to him - which in turn affects the reader in a very power way. The Joy of Fearing God has opened up new ground for many of the women involved in this study. Old beliefs developed through legalistic teachings of our past are being torn down and replaced with the truth about what it means to fear God and experience joy in doing so! We truly are on a journey together, learning about the reverential awe, admiration and amazement due to Almighty God whom we call Abba Father!
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