Thursday, December 9, 2010
The Discipline of Grace By Jerry Bridges
The Discipline of Grace: God's Rose and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness By Jerry Bridges, is the third book in a trilogy of indepth studies into the ideas of Grace and Holiness according to the bible. Although The Discipline of Grace compliments as well as builds upon the ideas presented in Jerry Bridges's two earlier books, this book is also suitable as a stand alone study as well. As with his other works, this volume is an indepth study into what the bible actually defines as Grace in contrast to popular misconceptions of what modern society erroneously believes grace to mean. Based on actual biblical references in contrast to the distacting personal stories and anecdotes found in so many biblical commentaries today, this book will provide the reader with an objective and solid foundation of what the bible really says. Even though we can not merit salvation and grace is a free gift from God, that is not a reason, nevertheless for freedom to do whatever we wish. We can not earn grace with good works, yet, as believers under the grace of God, we must make the conscious choice to put to death our former life of sin. We do have liberty under grace, but this liberty must not be misused to freely and willingly sin. Hence, we are under a discipline to seek out God's will and to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in pursuing a life of Hiliness- defined not by our merits or works, but by our cooperation with Grace and the workings of the Holy Spirit. As a blogger for Navpress publishers I recieved a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review. The opinions expressed are my own.