The Practice of Godliness: "Godliness has value for all things" 1 Timothy 4:8 [NOOK Book]


Scripture tells us that God has given us ?everything we need for life and godliness.? But what makes a Christian godly? In this book, Navigator author Jerry Bridges examines what it means to grow in Christian character. Learn more about the character of God as you grow a deeper relationship with Him. Establish the foundation upon which godly character is built and continue by developing maturity and pursuing holiness. A Discussion Guide is also available separately (ISBN ...
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Scripture tells us that God has given us “everything we need for life and godliness.” But what makes a Christian godly? In this book, Navigator author Jerry Bridges examines what it means to grow in Christian character. Learn more about the character of God as you grow a deeper relationship with Him. Establish the foundation upon which godly character is built and continue by developing maturity and pursuing holiness. A Discussion Guide is also available separately (ISBN 9780891094982).
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  • ISBN-13: 9781615214631
  • Publisher: The Navigators
  • Publication date: 2/27/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 198,645
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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.

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The Practice of Godliness



Copyright © 1983 Jerry Bridges
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8910-9498-2

Chapter One

How to Use This Bible Study

This Bible study on The Practice of Godliness is designed to be used in conjunction with the book, The Practice of Godliness. It may be used for personal Bible study, Sunday school classes, or Bible study discussion groups.

Although intended as a companion to The Practice of Godliness, this study is designed to direct you first into the Scriptures, and then into the author's text. Seeing and understanding what the Scriptures say on a subject is much more important than demonstrating that you know what the book says. For this reason, please complete the study questions based on Scriptures pertaining to each chapter before reading the corresponding chapters in the book. Ideally, the author's text will simply reinforce what you have already learned directly from the Bible. If, after reading the author's text, you wish to revise any of your answers, do so in the margin of this study.

The goal of any Bible study should be the application of practical, biblical truths to your daily life. As James says, "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says" (James 1:22). For this reason, the last question of each lesson is an opportunity for you to write down a personal application from the study. To be of value, this application shouldbe specific and practical, with some personal check-up built into it. Only in this manner will we avoid the danger that James warns us about.


The Foundation for Godliness

1. Godliness is more than a character trait. It is a foundational spiritual quality that makes the entire Christian life dynamic, effective, and pleasing to God. To gain a clearer picture of this vital quality, look up the following verses of Scripture and write down the key thought about godliness found in each passage.

1 Timothy 4:7 ______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ 1 Timothy 4:8 ______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ 1 Timothy 6:6 ______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

1 Timothy 6:11 _____________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

Titus 2:11-12 ______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

2 Peter 1:3 ________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

2 Peter 3:10-12 ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

2. Thinking about the information you compiled in question 1, how would you summarize the value of godliness in two or three sentences? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

3. What two important facts do Genesis 5:21-24 and Hebrews 11:5 tell us about Enoch? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

How do these two passages describe a godly person? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

4. Read chapter 1 of The Practice of Godliness. How is godliness defined on pages 15-16? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

Does this definition differ in any way from what you have understood godliness to be in the past? What is new to you about the book's definition? What are the three essential elements of devotion to God? (See page 14.) ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

What other elements do you feel are important in devotion to God? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Write down any other truths that are especially meaningful to you in chapter 1 of The Practice of Godliness. ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

5. Some people consider the "fear of God" to be basically an Old Testament concept. How do the following passages demonstrate that the fear of God is still important for us today?

Isaiah 11:1-3 ______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

Acts 9:31 __________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

1 Peter 1:17 _______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

6. The Bible describes two apparently contradictory attitudes the Christian ought to hold toward God: fear and confidence. What insights do the following passages suggest to you about how you can hold both these attitudes in your heart at the same time?

Romans 8:15, 1 Timothy 6:15-16, Hebrews 10:19 and 12:28-29 ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

7. What does 1 John 4:8-10 teach us about the extent of God's love? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

Can you think of other passages of Scripture that teach the same idea? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

8. How personal did Paul believe God's love was, and what effect did this personalized love have on him? (See 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 and 1 Timothy 1:14-16.) ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

9. How do the following verses describe the desire the writers of Scripture had for God?

Psalm 27:4 _________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

Psalm 42:1-2 _______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Psalm 63:1 _________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

Philippians 3:10 ___________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

10. Read chapter 2 of The Practice of Godliness. What additional important truths do you see there concerning devotion to God? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

11. A good way to make your study of godliness practical is to plan specific applications you can make in your daily speech, attitudes, and behavior. Take a moment to think out and write down some applications of godliness that could challenge you this coming week. As you do this, consider which Scripture passages used in this study or in chapters 1 and 2 of The Practice of Godliness would be helpful to keep in mind for these applications.

____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________


Excerpted from The Practice of Godliness by JERRY BRIDGES Copyright © 1983 by Jerry Bridges . Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Very Good

    Using this in a 12 week study. i like the explaintations.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    I love this author. I have read other books by him and he did not disappoint me this time. He gives honest advice and scripture to back up his Biblical ideas. This book is easy to read and you will enjoy learning how to be godly in the way that God intended.

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

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    Jerry Bridges is the Man

    Every time I review a Jerry Bridges book, I feel like I must open with a quick discussion about how much I love this author. There is a very good chance he is my favorite Christian author of all, and that stems from my having read all but just a choice few of his books. So whatever I say in this review, just remember: I am partial to Bridges.

    I read The Practice of Godliness with my Bible study group over the course of about twenty weeks. We began by using the Practice study guide, but determined that the study guide was best for us to go through personally and not question-by-question as a group. We read and studied one chapter per week, then met to discuss the impressions, convictions and decisions that resulted from our reading.

    Perhaps the best quality to Practice is Bridges' focus on devotion to God. He opens the book with several foundational chapters on devotion and, at one point, offers the triangular illustration that the three necessary ingredients for devotion to God are both a fear and a love of Him and a desire for Him. Adding this illustration to the negative definition that ungodliness is living as if there is no God, devotion to God is the ultimate necessity for practicing true godliness.

    Bridges then focuses the remainder of the book on key evidences of godly living, such as humility, joy, self-control, gentleness, and love. Having already read his book Respectable Sins for another Bible study, I have found that Bridges is very capable in naming the sins that lurk behind my ungodliness. Likewise, he is also very capable in naming the virtues that I evidence through my godliness, and in doing so, he sincerely helps me understand God's Word (specifically the Pauline Epistles) on a whole new level. Now I am able to target specific sins in my life, just as I am able to pursue specific virtues. And also with the godly guidance of Jerry Bridges, I have the full knowledge that my Pursuit of Holiness is only possible because of The Discipline of Grace.

    ©2011 E.T.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    uplifting and encouraging

    'How can you develop godly character?' is a big question and one that is rigorously and practically analysed in this book. Set out as a workbook with 18 chapters divided into 12 manageable sections for individual or group study, it is a useful and challenging meditation on what it means to establish and grow in Christian character. One criticism of books like this would usually be that they centre themselves on one area of striving towards 'godliness' at the expense of overlooking other areas for consideration. That would be invalid here as not only are eighteen areas outlined, but readers are invited to interact with the materials and with each other through 'study questions' summarising the content and prompting learning through personal application. This is a well presented book and I enjoyed the study guide format and the way that the 'look' of the pages allowed a very personal interaction with the content. As a study guide it is excellent, as a book it is well constructed and helpful and as a reading experience it is challenging. The study guide format works well for this title and as a personal observation, I would say that with a skilled study group leader, there would be some very interesting sessions arising out of some of the topics. People and groups that use this curriculum should get a spirited discussion out of sessions such as 'self-control 'as the themes presented are honest and provocative. I would willingly recommend this to a Book Group or a Christian Study group as the lessons are of wide application. You will not finish this book without being affected positively and if one powerful lesson to come out of the book is that when God speaks, we should listen - not argue, debate or consider but listen and obey, then that is all for the better. I would recommend strongly.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

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    The Practice of Godliness

    The Practice of Godliness: Small Group Curriculum by Jerry Bridges is a companion book to the Pursuit of Holiness, also by the same author. Nevertheless, this compainion study guide may be used as a stand alone study for those who have not read Bridges' Pursuit of Holiness. Although intended for small group study use or bible study, this book is perfectly suitable for individual use as well. Along with the text, there is plenty of space for free writing on the margins under "notes and observations" on each page. Additionally, there are structured study questions as well, which are based in the themes of The Pursuit of Holiness. The last chapter includes advice for group leaders who choose to host a bible study group.

    The Pursuit of Holiness, of which this guide is based, and the study guide, The Practice of Godliness, is an indepth study into the biblical definition of the expression, holiness and Godliness. The words- holiness and Godliness- in of themselves, bring to mind many stereotypical ideas into the common mind, such as the hypocritical holiness of the pharisees in Jesus' day or the modern day, self- righteous hyporcite that is all too common in today's society. Or perhaps, an image of a stern, nun in a black habit, or a peacful, draped monk, engaged in meditation may come to mind. This book dispells the popular misconceptions of what society percieves holiness to mean, and brings to life the biblical and practical meaning of holiness. Deeply based on biblical scripture, this book is a study into what the bible describes as holiness, showing the reader that it is not an unattainable attribute, but rather something that each of us, as believers, are called to pursue.This study guide/ book is direct and to the point with very little extraneous detail. For anyone who has the desire and the attention span to spend some thoughtful time, into studying what the bible really has to say on the subject of holiness and Godliness, this is the right study for you. As a blogger for Navpress, I recieved a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review.

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  • Posted August 17, 2010

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    This book is a winner!

    Godliness is a subject plenty talk about these days. Rarely if ever do we hear how, through the Scriptures, just how exactly to do so. Author Jerry Bridges has not only talked about Godliness but has laid out a step by step scriptural plan in his book The Practice of Godliness.

    This outstanding book is based on Galatians 5:22-23. The book is well written and easy to understand. There is a flow to this work that makes it very hard to put down once you begin to see its value on your life. Also included is a study guide and blank cards for Scripture memorization.

    Bridges has challenged me with this work and I believe he will also challenge each of you to live a more godly life. After each chapter there are questions that will challenge you. I plan on using this book as not only a devotional but will be leading a small group discussion with this book and accompanying study guide as a basis. It's that good!

    Two thumbs up for this one folks and I'll be looking forward to reading more from Jerry Bridges.

    I received the book The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges as part of Navpress blogger review program and was not asked to give a biased review.

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

    Great Book

    This has to be one of my favorite books I've read to review. There are very few pages in this book that has no marks. Most of the pages have underlined sentences, bracketed paragraphs, or marginal notes. Bridges has written a book that will convict, encourage and grow the believer from beginning to the end. Bridges definition for godliness is "Devotion to God that results in a life that is pleasing to Him." A visual picture he shows is that of a triangle with "Devotion to God" in the center, "Desire for God" at the top and "Fear of God" and "Love for God" at the bottom corners. (I've tried to Illustrate this to the right.) One thing that really caught me off guard is that godliness isn't characteristics. Before I read this book I would have explained a person that has the "Fruit of the Spirit" as being godly. While it's true that a godly person with act like that, that is not what makes them godly.

    This is all I'm going to mention about the book, but I could go on for hours about this book. For those looking for a great read, pick this up. If you choose to get this book, get the study guide with it. The study guide will draw out other things that Bridges doesn't mention. Since I mentioned the study guide I'm going to say this was the best study guide for a book I've used. I say this because most authors, when writing the study guide, use the bible to support their ideas. You use the guide after you finish the reading. Instead, Bridges uses his ideas to support the Bible. What I mean is Bridges sends the reader to the Bible and then the reader reads the chapter(s). This really has been a pleasure to read and would recommend this to anyone no matter their length of relationship to Christ.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2000


    I've been teaching out of this book in our Youth Group for the past 6 weeks. What fantastic information on how to walk a godly life. Every Youth Minister should have this book in their library. It has really helped our Youth understand what it takes to live godly.

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