Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate

Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate

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by Jerry Bridges
     
 

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Have Christians become so preoccupied with “major” sins that we have lost sight of our need to deal with more subtle sins? Navigator author Jerry Bridges addresses the “acceptable” sins that we tend to tolerate in ourselves, including pride and anger. He goes to the heart of the matter, exploring our feelings of shame and grief and opening a

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Have Christians become so preoccupied with “major” sins that we have lost sight of our need to deal with more subtle sins? Navigator author Jerry Bridges addresses the “acceptable” sins that we tend to tolerate in ourselves, including pride and anger. He goes to the heart of the matter, exploring our feelings of shame and grief and opening a new door to God’s forgiveness and grace. Travel down the road of spiritual formation with Jerry and discover your true identity as a loved child of God. A discussion guide is available separately.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781600061400
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
08/21/2007
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
89,501
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Jerry Bridges is the best-selling author of such books as The Pursuit of Holiness, Trusting God, and The Practice of Godliness. Jerry is on staff with The Navigators’ collegiate ministry. A popular speaker known around the world, Jerry lives with his wife, Jane, in Colorado Springs.

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Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book hit home to me in several areas of sin that I have been allowing in my life. It confronted my behavior through sound Biblical teaching and challenged me to make important choices that drive me closer to our Lord and to strive to live a more holy life. Bridges encourages us to live according to the Word and not according to our feelings and the world.
Erin622 More than 1 year ago
The answer is yes!!! This book points out that even though we aren't committing what people consider to be the "big" sins our sins are no less important in the eyes of God.
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Widsith_the_Blogger More than 1 year ago
In Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate, Jerry Bridges gently focuses our attention on widespread sins in the church. Not only are they common, but they also go unchecked. ~~*~~ 1) Bridges' confession: Before expanding on these sins, though, he makes a confession to his readers: He's not perfect, he has committed many of these sins over the years and he doesn't pretend to be any better or holier than the rest of us. ~*~ He makes this confession right at the start, helping readers to understand his humble attitude while writing this book, which ultimately helps us to accept what he has to say about these sins. ~~*~~ 2) Seasoned Christians still have room to grow: Next, Bridges walks us through those familiar Bible verses about sin, salvation and grace. He knows he's talking to people who've heard these things a million times, but he reframes them to help us see ourselves-that is, lifelong Christians who think we've got this faith thing all worked out-in the centre of God's plan of salvation. ~~*~~ Even now, as seasoned believers, with years of Sunday services under our belts, countless worship songs sung, who knows how many prayers said, devotions read and volunteer hours logged, we're still sinners in need of God's grace who have lots of room left to grow. ~~*~~ 3) Down to the nitty-gritty: Sins Christians tolerate: Bridges covers everything from anger, judgmentalism, anxiety and impatience to worldliness, pride, selfishness and lack of self-control. Sometimes we Christians purposely ignore these 'respectable' sins. Sometimes we just don't take them seriously. Gossip and materialism are a couple examples of this. ~~*~~ Other times these sins are winked at or they're the subject of jokes. I can think of a few, but I'm curious which sins you (reading this review) would file under this category? ~~*~~ 4) Bridges hits the mark: I've grown up in the church and consider myself to have been a believer most of my life, (You know, the 'asked Jesus into my heart at age 6' story), and I've seen each and every one of these sins in myself and in most 'mature' Christians around me. Some of them, like materialism and selfishness, are shied away from in sermons, Bible studies, devotionals and especially in conversation with one another. ~~*~~ We're so hardwired from birth to practically idolize individualism, privacy and a citizen's 'rights' to do whatever he wants with his money that we hardly distinguish them from the true sins of materialism and selfishness that God's Word tries to guide us away from. Other sins, like anger, are sometimes wrongly interpreted. I've been angered by serious sin in the church (e.g. putting personal comfort over helping a neighbor in need), and for that I have been accused of the 'sin' of anger. We Christians don't know the difference between good anger (e.g. at cruel injustice) and sinful anger. ~~*~~ 5) Bridges also missed a few biggies: Bridges really does justice to most sins that we Christians often let slide. He invites the reader, after reviewing each issue, to consider instances in our own lives where we have committed those sins and how we can return to a belief and a lifestyle more reflective of God's desire for us, His Bride. ~~*~~ There are a few sins, though, I wish he had mentioned. - Love your neighbor: We don't do it: ...read the rest at: farjourneys(dot)blogspot(dot)com
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Again-please More than 1 year ago
This book represents one of the most comprehensive lists of how to deal with the most common life characteristics. Chapter 11 on Pride and Chapter 20 on Worldiness are especially 'right-on' This book should be a 'must read' for any true christian and will always be up to date.
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