on 24 July 1998
I had to read a certain amount of pages for a class in Bible School. I was looking through the library, when "The Discipline of Grace" caught my attention. I thought, how can those two terms go together. Well the author certainly gives a different way of looking at God's grace. I checked it out of the library and started reading it that night, I could not put it down. It is that interesting. The point I remember the most is, we live a disciplined life because of God's grace and not to recieve grace. It is God's grace that gives us the freedom to attempt to live a disciplined life. The Grace of God can not be obtained by what we do, it is a free gift and it is that free gift that enables us to live a disciplined life. The disciplined life is the kind of life that most closly lines up with what the Lord lived as an example in the Gospels and what Paul and the other new testament writers wrote. I would strongly suggest this book for anyone who does not q! uite understand what God's Grace really means.
on 11 January 2010
But with this book it needs to be understood that most Christians and churches do not effectively preach about the grace of God (receieving Christ's reward for perfectness, in your sinful state). And most Christians can not tell you what it is, as such this book clears up alot of the muck, false doctrine and works based mentalities that currently exist. Believe that this book would be beneficial to you it's not a book every Christian should read that is the bible. But this book makes the bible even more clear. The writer is not one giving you new inspiration from God or a new thing he has found but rather expounds on the scripture to make clear that which has become murky. Reading this book I understood that Romans solely is about the grace of God. But praise be to the Most High God who gives the grace for us to be part of the priviledged few.
on 4 December 2010
This is a captivating book. It would be enough to say that it achieves its aim of expounding its sub-title, `God's role and our role in the pursuit of holiness'. It goes farther than that in opening up questions that many people have but have never had resolved.
As you would expect of someone who has authored `Transforming Grace', `The Pursuit of Holiness' and `The Gospel for Real Life, it is a vigorous and rigorous examination of the many aspects and dimensions of the doctrine of grace. The writer, Dr Jerry Bridges skilfully weaves bible interpretation and application with true life examples, many of them personal, and does not shy away from the practical difficulties of living a consistent life against biblical teaching.
It is a well argued and constructed book with latter chapters on the disciplines of dependence, commitment, convictions and making choices of particular benefit for bible study groups. I personally liked two things about this book: its acknowledgement from its preface that the pursuit of holiness has to be motivated by an increasing understanding of the grace of God or it becomes oppressive and joyless and secondly, its reference to classic Puritan writings and understanding. The acknowledgement of John Owen, Jonathan Edwards and George Smeaton as key writers and people such as Charles Hodge as skilful interpreters is refreshing as much literature on spiritual formation seems to be response centred rather than Bible centred.
The bible texts and passages are explained well here and the themes of discipline, holiness and practical living are treated sensitively but also actively challenge the reader to set their standards by a gospel inspired life.
This is a book that I will turn to, share with others, recommend to bible study groups and endorse to pastors and outreach workers on building their understanding of imparting the doctrine of grace appropriately. I would have liked to have seen an Index but a `Notes' section at the end of the book serves a similar purpose.
This is a must-read for every Christian. It is so easy for us to be 'saved by Grace' and then spend the rest of our timing 'living by works'. This books helps to understand that we are to live by Grace and that our call to holiness is enabled through the empowering of the Holy Spirit to make the right choices.
Please, please, please buy this book and read it. I know you will be recommending it to those around you.
on 26 April 2012
This book is both challenging and comforting! The great news is that we can't DO holiness on our own. We can't be right with God on our own merit - - and the clear and well reasoned truth that it's been done for us.Read the book to consider why.) The book challenges us to examine our lives. Does this effect the way we live, think, act? If not - have we really understood the meaning and effects of grace? Well worth reading - - slowly and thoughtfully!
on 21 April 2014
A book which brings together the concepts of Christian discipline and the freely given grace of our Father God. As the book says, these are often seen as being diametrically opposed, whereas to live a truly Christian life both are needed. We cannot earn our way into heaven - Jesus has already provided the way - but without discipline how can we become more holy?
The book is written in an everyday style, no need for a theological degree, but on the other hand Jerry Bridges does not hesitate to tackle the truths of how far we fall short of the holiness God wants us to aspire to and its practical outworking, not only in our lives but in those of the people around us.
on 1 May 2009
This book is brilliant and a must have, for EVERY Christian!Whether your are Early,Young or Mature Christian or exploring Christianity buy it and you will NOT be disapointed.It is best to read it more than once as the Word of God NEVER runs dry so there is always something new to learn.
It is clearly set out to explain God's grace and how every day you can apply it to your life and does it very well!You must read it for yourself as a review would not be enough to explain all the truths that i learned as a result of reading this book.
Bottom line:Each day is different and no matter what happens God's grace is enough to help you deal with it! :D