The Discipline of Grace offers a clear and thorough explanation of the gospel and what it means to be a believer. Written by Navigator author Jerry Bridges, this book explores how the same grace that brings us to faith in Christ also disciplines us in Christ. In learning more about grace, you also will learn about God's character, His forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit.
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This book is the balance necessary for the "Pursuit of Holiness." I read these two together and encountered God's holiness and His grace in a fresh new way.
The book speaks most strongly to those Christians who desire with all their hearts to follow God. To quote Mr. Bridges,
"We do not become more holy either by discipline or by dependance. Neither do we become more holy by committing ourselves to God, or by developing Bible-based convictions. We become more holy by obedience to the Word of God by choosing to obey His will as revealed in the Scriptures in all the various circumstances in our lives."
In "The Discipline of Grace," he shows the way all these other concepts contribute to reaching the place of a heart-felt desire to obey Him.
Bridges writes in a manner that is easy to grasp and retain for those who like me
This is only the second book I've read by Jerry Bridges (the other being 'Gospel for Real Life') but his ability to teach solid gospel in 'shallow waters' led me to use three of his books; The Gospel for Real Life: Turn to the liberating Power of the Cross, Growing Your FAith: How to Mature in Christ and Trusting God Even When Life Hurts as part of the curriculum in the Discipleship 101 program I teach in Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries, the ministry God has called me to steward.
If you are like me and feel the challenge of reading books that go deep and comprehending was is written, give Jerry Bridges series of books a try.
As an FYI the reason it took 2.5 months to read is it was read as a weekly group study.
I definitely had some "ouch" moments of realizing I do not take God's holiness, or my own conforming to Christ, anywhere near as seriously as I should. Convicting in the best way. Yet, it's wonderful to read a book like this that leaves me feeling energized and hungry rather than laden with guilt.