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Pleasing God: Discovering the Meaning and Importance of Sanctification (Classic Theology) [Paperback]

R. C. Sproul
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  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; Reprint edition (1 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781407281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781407281
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.9 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing God 1 May 2013
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a puritan devotional classic from a well known protestant theologian. It is a suitable inspiring guide for the period of Lent and for personal devotions and it will challenge motivation and practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sproul 3 Dec 2012
By Mathew Sims - Published on
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I severely underestimated this book. R. C. Sproul brings balance and clarity to the conversations surrounding pleasing God, sanctification, and total depravity. Also, if you've heard Sproul speak you can expect the same scholarly approachability you're used to.

In Pleasing God, Sproul takes a different approach than most of the recent books on sanctification. He tackles topics that the other books don't cover (see overview below) and he addresses pertinent points with clarity and depth.

He begins and ends with grace
Regeneration is the beginning of a journey. It is a journey with successes and failures, with growth amid stumbling. At times, the progress seems painfully slow, but progress is there. It is a movement to sharper focus--a life that begins with a touch of tender grace and moves towards more grace. (p. 14)
He discusses the goal of Christian living, self-righteousness; he tackles our battle with the world, the flesh, and the devil; he pastorally approaches the topics of fear, guilt, and forgiveness; he also addresses carnality and the core sins of pride, slothfulness, and dishonesty. I found his closing discussion on doctrine and life particularly enlightening.

Sproul has a strong word against perfectionism and second blessing theology. Again he emphasizes the journey:
Sanctification requires far more than a quick experience of the laying on of hands. Rebirth is instantaneous. Justification instantaneous. But sanctification is a lifelong process. It involves a diligent struggle against a multitude of obstacles. It is like the journey of Bunyan's pilgrim, filled with pitfalls and laden with perils. It is a journey that takes us through the dark night of the soul, through the valley of shadow of death, and through the wilderness of temptation (p. 20).
An implicit point but one that must not be overlooked is the instantaneousness of justification. There's no need for a second blessing when you've been adopted by God, robed in the righteousness of Christ, and are transformed daily by the Spirit.

Sproul also delivers an important word against seeking " spirituality" (or what some may call religion now days) and actual righteousness (obedience rooted in our justification; see pp. 26-27). But his section on sanctification was the most helpful in the book. Discussion Matthew 5:20 "Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven" Sproul says,
The deeper question, still remains: How do I know that I have the saving righteousness of Christ? Might I not deceive myself into thinking I have the real thing when, in fact, m faith is fraudulent? Just because a person claims to believe in Christ is no guarantee that he or she has saving faith (Matt. 7:21-23). It is by our fruits that we demonstrate the reality of our faith (Matt. 7:16-20). We know that God is pleased with those who truly honor Christ. We feel just as certain that He is not pleased when people blithely use His name but avoid any real life-affecting commitment to Him. That is the scary part of Jesus's warning. (p. 36)
There's so much more gold I could share from Pleasing God but I don't want to ruin your journey. I highly recommend checking this older Sproul book in the newly released format through David C. Cook. They're doing a great service for the church. We need more straightforward thinking on this topic. A final word of encouragement, especially for those who feel their faith fading
When Satan whispers to the believer, "You, with all your sin, can't be pleasing to God," the believer replies: "Ah, but I am. To God be the glory." (p. 93)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Biblical and Weighty 20 Jan 2013
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This book was of significant import to me. As one who has struggled to understand how God can forgive and "remember my sins no more" (He is, after all, all-knowing), and how He can look at a sinner and be pleased, Sproul's chapters on Forgiveness and Satan as Accuser were eye-opening, freeing and life-changing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars essential reading for righteous living 28 Oct 2012
By Joan N. - Published on
"Every Christian should have a passion to please God," Sproul writes. "We are to delight in honoring Him. It should be our greatest desire to please our Redeemer." The priorities of the Christian life are to be seeking the kingdom, seeking righteousness.
Spirituality is often confused with righteousness. "Spirituality can be a cheap substitute for righteousness." Righteousness is doing what is right in the sight of God. The demand of true righteousness is so great that no one will achieve it in this world. (Sproul distinguishes the righteousness we have in Christ and righteous living - pleasing God.)
Sproul covers several topics as he discusses the behavior that pleases God. He is pleased when we obey the Golden Rule, when we pursue justice and mercy, and when we practice loyal love. God is please when we resist Satan, when we throw ourselves on His mercy when we sin, when we gratefully accept His forgiveness, and when we make amends for the sins we commit against others.
He also covers a variety of other topics in his discussion. He writes about God demanding a transformed mind. He distinguishes forgiveness and the feeling of being forgiven (and the same with guilt). He writes on the error of the "carnal" Christian. He looks at pride, slothfulness, and dishonesty.
He ends with the necessity of right doctrine for right thinking and right living. His final encouragement is to never give up.

R. C. has written this book as a practical guide to Christian living. He covers a variety of issues dealing with righteousness and pleasing God. This is not light reading. Sproul doesn't like fluff and it shows. Any Christian desiring to know what it means to please God will benefit from reading this book.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 July 2014
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An ancient truth written in modern language.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
By Carolyn Burgess - Published on
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An awesome inspiring word from God's perspectives! An easy book to learn from n understand!
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