Scriptural principles are practically applied to help Christians not only develop and define day-to-day spiritual discernment but regard it as an essential practice.
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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, Challies.com. He is also the editor of DiscerningReader.com, 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 MacArthuris thepastor-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 thechancellor of the Master’s Universityand president of the Master's Seminary. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.
Table of Contents
Foreword John MacArthur 9
A Call to Discernment 19
The Challenge of Discernment 37
Defining Discernment 53
The Heart of Discernment 73
Truth and Discernment 91
The Will and Discernment 109
The Gift of Discernment 123
The Dangers of Discernment 139
Developing Discernment 153
The Practice of Discernment 163
Conclusion: The Discipline of Discernment 183
Resources for Discernment 185
Study Guide 191
General Index 201
Scripture Index 205
What People are Saying About This
"Tim Challies is one of the finest young evangelical thinkers of our day. He combines keen insight with theological maturity and spiritual depth. The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment should help form the Christian character of a new generation of evangelicals. Indeed, we must hope so."
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Unfortunately, in our time, even among Christians, discernment is long in demand and short in supply. This is but one reason I'm so delighted to commend to you The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment. Tim Challies reminds us that the Bible commands us to cultivate discernment, but he doesn't stop there. He tells us how, biblically."
J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor, CEO, and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
"The many fans Tim Challies has won through his highly regarded blog will discover in this book the motivation that drives his incisive analysis of cultural events and trends-a keen respect for truth and a passionate commitment to biblical discernment."
Nancy Pearcey, author, Total Truth; Finding Truth; and Love Thy Body
"This book is simple, clear, well-written, accurate, and even insightful. I read it all. I liked it all. I will recommend it often."
Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; President, 9Marks
"I've simply never read a more thorough, practical, and biblically sound treatment of this subject. Anyone wanting to study biblical discernment should not miss this book."
Donald S. Whitney, Associate Dean and Professor of Biblical Spirituality, School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life and Praying the Bible
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.