A Book Review of
THE DISCIPLINE OF GRACE: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness. + STUDY GUIDE by Jerry Bridges.
Jerry Bridges is a best-selling author whose most popular book, The Pursuit of Holiness, has sold over one million copies. The Discipline of Grace is another wonderful book which offers a clear and thorough explanation of what it means to be a believer.
I was intrigued by the title and curious how Jerry Bridges would combine grace with discipline because, at first, they do seem like contradictory concepts. In this book Jerry Bridges explores how the same grace that brings us to faith in Christ also disciplines us in Christ. Bridges shares the secret about resting in Christ while pursuing a life of holiness as he explains what are God’s role and our role in spiritual formation.
Bridges writes that grace is as important for growing as a Christian as it is for becoming a Christian. We will always stand in need of grace. The Discipline of Grace is a thought-provoking look at legalism, discipleship, and spiritual freedom. In learning more about grace, the reader will also learn about God’s character, His forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit. Bridges states that grace and holiness are linked; the same grace that leads believers to Christ also forms us spiritually in the areas of commitment, conviction, choices, watchfulness, and adversity.
If you’ve wondered what about the difference between your role and God’s role in growing in Christ, this book is for you. The Discipline of Grace is a very thorough explanation of grace and what it means to grow in grace. I warmly recommend the book for anyone who wants to deepen his or her walk in God’s guidance.
Also, the Study guide was a positive surprise: 143 pages! Each session gives an excerpt of the book and questions for personal study and group discussion. A wonderful resource for a study group!
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