The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment (Foreword by John MacArthur)

The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment (Foreword by John MacArthur)

by Tim Challies, John MacArthur
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The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment (Foreword by John MacArthur) by Tim Challies

Spiritual discernment is good for more than just making monumental decisions according to God's will. It is an essential, day-to-day activity that allows thoughtful Christians to separate the truth of God from error and to distinguish right from wrong in all kinds of settings and situations. It is also a skill-something that any person can develop and improve, especially with the guidance in this book.

Written by a leading evangelical blogger, The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment is an uplifting, scripturally grounded work that explains the need for discernment, its challenges, and the steps that will cultivate it. Author Tim Challies does not do the discerning for readers; he simply shows them how to practically apply scriptural tools, principles, and wisdom so that their conclusions about everything-people, teachings, decisions, media, and organizations-will be consistent with God's Word.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433520525
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 12/19/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 929,938
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Tim Challies (BA, McMaster University) is a self-employed web designer and a pioneer in the Christian blogosphere, having one of the most widely read and recognized Christian blogs, He is also the editor of, a site dedicated to offering thoughtful reviews of books that are of interest to Christians. Tim lives in Oakville, Ontario, with his wife, Aileen, and their three children.

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where he has served since 1969. He is known around the world for his verse-by-verse expository preaching and his pulpit ministry via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of the Master’s University and Seminary. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.

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The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It makes you stop and think why? you are making the choices you are making. It also helps you to understand why others may be choosing some of the things they are doing. Has a good Biblical base.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim Challies¿ amazingly thorough exploration of biblical discernment should be high on the reading list of every Christian who is concerned about what is true, and what is not ¿ who wants above all to know God¿s truth in order to know His will ¿ and who wants His will to replace his own. ¿We will find joy and peace not in following our own path,¿ the author points out, ¿but in allowing our minds to be so changed that our desires are the same as God¿s.¿ I believe this book can make a significant contribution to that process. /// I triple-starred many sections, but perhaps my favorite is the chapter entitled ¿The Practice of Discernment.¿ Here, Tim describes in compelling detail 17 steps for distinguishing between truth and error. He walks us through the process using an interesting example ¿ the seemingly benign premise that we need to forgive ourselves, endorsed in a contemporary Christian song called 'surprise' ¿Forgive Yourself¿ as well as by every fan and proponent of the self-esteem movement. /// I¿ve already had the opportunity to apply his suggestions to a theological issue I¿ve been wrestling with for months. Guess what: They work! They actually broke the pattern of circular thinking I¿d fallen into over this particular issue, leading me to biblical truths that have restored my peace. /// The first line of a favorite hymn kept dancing through my head as I read: ¿Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart.¿ I¿d always thought the writer meant that he wanted the Lord to be all that he sees, and that may indeed be the case. But this book has given me a new spin on these words. As Tim writes, ¿Our goal in discernment is to do just this: to see things through God¿s eyes through the Bible and thus to see things as they really are.¿ I¿m already finding that a little easier to do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very well written, easily understood. He gives very helpful suggestions on how to develop spiritual discernment in your own life. Highly recommend it to all.
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