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Acting the Miracle: God's Work and Ours in the Mystery of Sanctification

Acting the Miracle: God's Work and Ours in the Mystery of Sanctification [Kindle Edition]

John Piper , David Mathis , Kevin DeYoung , Russell D. Moore , Ed Welch , Jarvis Williams
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Sanc●ti●fi●ca●tion  |  noun  ˌsaŋ(k)-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən
: a big word for the little-by-little progress of the everyday Christian life

Fighting sin is not easy. No one ever coasted into greater godliness. Christian growth takes effort. But we are not left alone. God loves to work the miracle of sanctification within us as we struggle for daily progress in holiness. With contributions from Kevin DeYoung, John Piper, Ed Welch, Russell Moore, David Mathis, and Jarvis Williams, this invigorating book will help you say no to the deception of sin and yes to true joy in Jesus.

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  • Publisher: Crossway Books (30 Sep 2013)
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I loved this book. A thorough examination of how God is at work in creation, through scripture, through suffering, through His church to bring about holiness in His people. I liked being reminded of His sovereignty and goodness which gives me confidence to trust Him in all circumstances knowing that He is bringing about His glory which is our greatest joy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How We Conform to the Image of Christ - His Work and Our Work 25 Sep 2013
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There are various aspects to the biblical doctrine of sanctification - essentially becoming more like Jesus "conformed to the image of Christ" (Romans 8:29). Theologians often talk about two aspects of our becoming like Christ: Definitive sanctification and Progressive sanctification. Definitive sanctification is our legal status with God whereby we become righteous in God's sight upon our conversion and justification in Christ Jesus. This book focuses on the Progressive sanctification aspect. It addresses the issue of how we actually progress in actual holiness as we live by faith in Jesus.

There are 7 helpful chapters in this book by some excellent scholar/pastors on topic of Progressive Sanctification:

(1) David Mathis gives the introduction which focuses on the complexities of sanctification and how it relates to our justification and union with Christ.

(2) John Piper defines sanctification by grounding its reality in the holiness of God and the sinfulness of humanity. He provides a wonderful exegetical study of Romans 8:28-30 and answers the question: "What is the Place of Sanctification in the Process of Salvation?"

(3) Kevin DeYoung examines what should motivate our sanctification. He gives a very practical explanation from Colossians 3 that seeks to balance the element of justification, duty, and gratitude in the context of grace as we seek to be more like Jesus. He points out that our greatest incentives in the pursuit of holiness are theologically based on our identity in Christ. Sanctification is diverse and there is a multiplicity of reasons for this diversity, but it all stems from our union with Christ as we grow in our understanding of and application of His grace.

(3) Ed Welch (a well-known biblical counselor) tackles three specific issues: (a) Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; (b) Depression; (c) and Panic Attacks. He gives examples of how to care for individuals who manifest these symptoms, there causes, and how people who struggle with these battles can grow in Christ-likeness. Welch shows how Scripture can be used to help men and women with existing sin by addressing their souls and minds with the gospel.

(4) Jarvis Williams gives an articulate biblical theology of how we can pursue a practical maturity in the gospel by (a) Understanding God's action for us in and through Christ is the foundation underneath our sanctification; (b) By four distinct means of grace - the Word of God; preaching to yourself and meditation; fervent prayer; and suffering; (c) Understanding how God's action for us and in us through Christ leads to the miracle of our sanctification.

(5) Russell Moore gives a wonderful explanation of the many ways that the Church - participation in the Local Body of Christ - providing the communal context necessary for our maturity in Christ. He gives a solid case for the corporate aspect of our sanctification from First Corinthians 4-6.

(6) John Piper answers many question with relationship to our present and future glorification. Among the questions he addresses are these: How do we go about 'pursuing the holiness without which no one will see the Lord'? How do we strive to enter through the narrow door? How do we dethrone and kill canceled sin? His goal in this chapter is to demonstrate "how this grand process of sanctification is leading to the predestined glory where the beauty of holiness fills the earth."

(7) The appendix consists of transcript of a conversation with all the contributors addressing how they each go about pursuing personal devotional and prayer time from the September 29, 2012 Desiring God National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I highly recommend this book for all Christians who are concerned about the goal of the Christian life - conforming to the image of Christ - and the practical ramifications of this conformation as we transform into His likeness and bring Him glory for the salvation and joyous sanctification of a multitude of people throughout the Earth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desiring to Grow 13 Jan 2014
By S. Grotzke - Published on
Point: God works the miracle of sanctification, we act the miracle.

Path: Taken from a conference, each chapter is authored by one of the speakers. They answer questions such as “What is Sanctification?” “What motivates me to sanctification?” “How does sanctification work with my physical being?” “What are everyday ways of being sanctified?” “What role does the Church play in my sanctification?” and, “How does this all fit together?” They include a helpful roundtable discussion at the end of the book as well.

Sources: People and ideas that periodically surface in the chapters include: John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, Reformers, etc.

Agreement: I greatly appreciated these chapters. They were:
God focused

I found Welch’s chapter on “Sinners Learning to Act the Miracle” and Williams “Acting the Miracle in the Everyday” to be the most helpful.
I enjoy DeYoung’s humor, Moore’s illustrations, and Piper’s passion.

(Note: Someone could become confused with the various “kingdom” language used by Moore, depending on their theological background.)

Personal App: “Your sin is canceled because of union with Christ. Now, dethrone it. Break the power of canceled sin” (Piper, 132). Am I doing that?

It would be worth another read and I would recommend it to someone who:
Has questions about sanctification
Wants to know how they can deal with sinful patterns in their life
Is discouraged about temptation
Wants to help others to grow
Sees sin as no big deal

Other books along this same theme would be:
Bridges, Jerry. The Pursuit of Holiness. Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1978.

———. The Transforming Power of the Gospel. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2012.

DeYoung, Kevin. The Hole In Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2012.

Owen, John. The Mortification of Sin. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1967.

Mahaney, C.J., and Rovin Boisvert. How Can I Change?: Victory in the Struggle Against Sin. Edited by Greg Somerville. The Pursuit of Godliness. Gaithersburg, Maryland: Sovereign Grace Ministries, 1993.

Schreiner, Thomas R., and Ardel B. Caneday. The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance and Assurance. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2001.

Whitney, Donald S. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1997.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars These guys are on the ball. 16 Feb 2014
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And then there is "food" which is actually energizing. Piper has done it again and the service was equal to the order.
5.0 out of 5 stars empowering 13 Feb 2014
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This book has is highs and it's highers. There are so many great theological lessons here that must be taken to heart. I have never highlighted so much in a book and took so many notes, other than in school books. This is a fantastic tool that covers so many areas of ministry in 6 short chapters. You will likely really enjoy this book.
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