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YOUR WORST DAYS ARE NEVER SO BAD THAT YOU ARE BEYOND THE REACH OF GOD'S GRACE. AND YOUR BEST DAYS ARE NEVER SO GOOD THAT YOU ARE BEYOND THE NEED OF GOD'S GRACE. 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 pursuing holiness. The pursuit of holiness is hard work, and that's where we turn from grace to discipline-and often make a big mistake. Grace is every bit as ...
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YOUR WORST DAYS ARE NEVER SO BAD THAT YOU ARE BEYOND THE REACH OF GOD'S GRACE. AND YOUR BEST DAYS ARE NEVER SO GOOD THAT YOU ARE BEYOND THE NEED OF GOD'S GRACE. 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 pursuing holiness. The pursuit of holiness is hard work, and that's where we turn from grace to discipline-and often make a big mistake. Grace is every bit as important for growing as a Christian as it is for becoming a Christian. "The pursuit of holiness," writes Jerry Bridges, "must be anchored in the grace of God; otherwise it is doomed to failure. " 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 offers us. Sadly, according to Bridges, many Christian don't have a good grasp of what the gospel message is. In The Discipline of Grace, he offers a clear and thorough explanation of the gospel and what it means to the believer. Bridges discusses 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, conviction, choices, watchfulness, and adversity. If you've ever struggled with what your role is and what role God takes in your growth as a Christian, this book will comfort and challenge you as you learn to rest in Christ while vigorously pursuing a life of holiness. "Jerry Bridges writes about the Christian life with a directness and insight that is transforming. The Discipline of Graceisanother masterpiece. It exalts the grace of God while calling believers to a devout and holy life. I highly recommend it! "-Timothy George, senior editor of Christianity Today, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, and author of Theology of the Reformers"If you are looking for help for your spiritual pilgimage, you need look no further. Here is a carefully researched, thoughtfully written, and practical guide on spiritual growth. "-Luder Whitlock, Reformed Theological Seminary, Maitland, Florida
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891098836
  • Publisher: NavPress Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter  1:  How Good Is Good Enough?

Chapter  2:  The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Chapter  3:  Preach the Gospel to Yourself

Chapter  4:  We Died to Sin

Chapter  5:  Disciplined by Grace

Chapter  6:  Transformed into His Likeness

Chapter  7:  Obeying the Great Commandment

Chapter  8:  Dependent Discipline

Chapter  9:  The Discipline of Commitment

Chapter 10: The Discipline of Convictions

Chapter 11: The Discipline of Choices

Chapter 12: The Discipline of Watching

Chapter 13: The Discipline of Adversity

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

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    Where Holiness and Grace Meet

    Jerry Bridges is one of the best Christian authors on topics of personal growth. His "I'm-not-there-yet" honesty is genuine and human, and The Discipline of Grace is a clear summary of all he has written before. Based specifically off of his Pursuit of Holiness (1978) and Transforming Grace (1991), Discipline (1994) discusses how God's grace and man's responsibility (what many deem to be an incongruous match) clearly merge into the only method of attaining Christlike holiness. Bridges expertly counters the various arguments many have against grace (i.e. the supposed freedom-to-sin argument, etc.) and against works (i.e. legalism, Pharisaical idealism, works salvation, etc.), and identifies clear teachings from Scripture on the unity of divine grace and personal discipline. By opening his book with the arguments and foundational steps and closing his final chapters with five specific disciplines (commitment, convictions, choices, watching and adversity), Bridges identifies key principles necessary in the pursuit of Christ-likeness, all the while acknowledging the hard work it will take to get there. The Discipline of Grace is an excellent tool for Sunday School or Bible study, though, while essential and foundational for all believers, it may be rather deep for young or otherwise new believers (specifically Chapter 4: "Disciplined by Grace").

    [Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."]

    © 2010 E.T.

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  • Posted December 17, 2010

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    A really well-written, inspiring book

    When I'm reading a book that I know I will be writing a review for, I often will mark the pages that really spoke to me, in an effort to remember what I want to share here. For The Discipline of Grace, I didn't have any sticky notes handy, so I started turning down the tiniest corner of the pages that I liked. My friends- the book looks ridiculous now- pretty much every third page has the corner turned down. If I'd been using a highlighter, I'm pretty sure the whole thing would be bright yellow. There are just so many nuggets of wisdom in here.

    I have read a lot of Christian books in my life, but few like this one. Like many believers, I alternate between being lazy in my faith, and trying too hard with the wrong motivation. The author, Dr. Bridges speaks to that, and gets to the heart of many other issues of grace and discipline and how those two really do work together. Much of the time when I was reading the book, I felt like I was being simultaneously comforted and poked with a stick and told to get moving. Reading this book forces you to really look at your faith and your actions and be honest about the role of the gospel in your own life.


    The Discipline of Grace is only 13 chapters long, but it's by no means a light, quick read. Every chapter is stuffed full, and even a speed reader like me had to slow down and take my time to make sure I didn't miss anything. If one of your New Year's resolutions is to re-examine your faith and your walk with God, I'd highly recommend picking up a copy of this book. It's a fabulous, inspiring tool.

    Disclosure: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

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    The Discipline of Grace

    The Discipline of Grace: God's Rose and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness By Jerry Bridges, is the third book in a trilogy of indepth studies into the ideas of Grace and Holiness according to the bible. Although The Discipline of Grace compliments as well as builds upon the ideas presented in Jerry Bridges's two earlier books, this book is also suitable as a stand alone study as well. As with his other works, this volume is an indepth study into what the bible actually defines as Grace in contrast to popular misconceptions of what modern society erroneously believes grace to mean. Based on actual biblical references in contrast to the distacting personal stories and anecdotes found in so many biblical commentaries today, this book will provide the reader with an objective and solid foundation of what the bible really says. Even though we can not merit salvation and grace is a free gift from God, that is not a reason, nevertheless for freedom to do whatever we wish. We can not earn grace with good works, yet, as believers under the grace of God, we must make the conscious choice to put to death our former life of sin. We do have liberty under grace, but this liberty must not be misused to freely and willingly sin. Hence, we are under a discipline to seek out God's will and to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in pursuing a life of Hiliness- defined not by our merits or works, but by our cooperation with Grace and the workings of the Holy Spirit. As a blogger for Navpress publishers I recieved a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Posted December 4, 2010

    captivating and well written

    This is a captivating book. It would be enough to say that it achieves its aim of expounding its sub-title, 'God's role and our role in the pursuit of holiness'. It goes farther than that in opening up questions that many people have but have never had resolved. As you would expect of someone who has authored 'Transforming Grace', 'The Pursuit of Holiness' and 'The Gospel for Real Life, it is a vigorous and rigorous examination of the many aspects and dimensions of the doctrine of grace. The writer, Dr Jerry Bridges skilfully weaves bible interpretation and application with true life examples, many of them personal, and does not shy away from the practical difficulties of living a consistent life against biblical teaching. It is a well argued and constructed book with latter chapters on the disciplines of dependence, commitment, convictions and making choices of particular benefit for bible study groups. I personally liked two things about this book: its acknowledgement from its preface that the pursuit of holiness has to be motivated by an increasing understanding of the grace of God or it becomes oppressive and joyless and secondly, its reference to classic Puritan writings and understanding. The acknowledgement of John Owen, Jonathan Edwards and George Smeaton as key writers and people such as Charles Hodge as skilful interpreters is refreshing as much literature on spiritual formation seems to be response centred rather than Bible centred. The bible texts and passages are explained well here and the themes of discipline, holiness and practical living are treated sensitively but also actively challenge the reader to set their standards by a gospel inspired life. This is a book that I will turn to, share with others, recommend to bible study groups and endorse to pastors and outreach workers on building their understanding of imparting the doctrine of grace appropriately. I would have liked to have seen an Index but a 'Notes' section at the end of the book serves a similar purpose. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

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    "The Discipline of Grace"

    As an avid lover sheep and book awards, this book immediately caught my eye. Going through it, I was pleasantly surprised. The Bible verses included were very inspirational and pertinent to the point the author was trying to make. Many overarching themes are in the book that growing Christians will find amazing and mature Christians will be reviewing. Either way, they are great for thinking of and encourage thought in all types of Christians. Many quotes are from Protestants, but the author never seems to put down more conservative Catholics. Most of the content of the book is accurate with the Bible and well-versed (no pun intended). Readers may not agree with everything said in context, but the overall theme of the book and tone has a very good set of intentions. Want to read about how grace works, how you can flee temptation, and what becoming holy means? Like books with sheep and book medals on the cover? Pick this book up.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Sometimes it's worth it to just read a few pages at a time...

    This morning (after 4 months), I finished reading The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges. I remember starting it back in November. I read it alongside whatever Bible Study I've been going through for my devotions in the morning. At first, I was interested and then I lost steam and set it down for a few weeks. Then, in January, I picked it back up and began finding my way through it again. I wish everyone would read this book--I can't recommend it highly enough.

    So many people come up against the question of Freedom in Christ and what that gives them freedom to do. And if they themselves haven't, I'm sure their children (who are a part of the entitlement generations) have. It grieves me to watch young people assert that they have the freedom to do whatever they want and that if someone tells them that they shouldn't, then it is legalism. It's not and Jerry Bridges explains that in his book.

    There are several notable books on grace that have become classics. What's So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey and Max Lucado's book In the Grip of Grace are the two that come to my mind immediately. But, each of those books address God's Grace in a very different way than Bridges does. Yancey's book is all about showing grace to others and Lucado's book talks about what God's grace is. Bridges talks about God's Grace and what it means to live in God's grace each day and what it means to "preach the gospel to ourselves every day".

    First, Bridges identifies what the gospel is. Then, he explains what it means to preach the gospel to ourselves--because both believers and unbelievers need to hear the gospel, but for different reasons. Then he goes on to talk about how we seek God's grace. It amazed me to realize the struggles that are all connected to this discussion of living out God's grace. He addresses legalism and discipline and freedom in Christ--in context. So often we discuss these topics separately, rather than as interconnected aspects of faith in Christ.

    This book is meaty. It is not like a Max Lucado book. It is not as thick as a John Piper book, though or one of Eugene Peterson's spiritual theology books. I hope you will read it and that the eyes of your heart will be opened and that you will feel God's grace and seek it daily.
    Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book from NavPress for review.

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