Over 500,000 copies in print! “Godliness has value for all things.” —1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV) How can you develop godly character? Bestselling author Jerry Bridges says that godliness is more than a character trait: “It is a foundational spiritual quality that makes the entire Christian life dynamic, effective, and pleasing to God.” Growing in godliness is a twofold process. It involves an ever-deepening devotion to God and developing character that is steadily transformed into His likeness. In The Practice of Godliness, the sequel to the popular book The Pursuit of Holiness, readers will learn how laying an inward foundation of God-centeredness will permit them to build an outward structure of godliness. Character formation will never be the same! Discussion guide included.
This all-in-one curriculum set includes The Practice of Godliness as well as a study guide. There are wide margins for taking notes, and at the end of each session you’ll find discussion questions that will help you explore how to let the Holy Spirit cultivate the fruit of Godâe(tm)s character traits in your life. This 12-week curriculum can be done on your own on in a small group.
Discover the life-giving joy of pursuing holiness and practicing godliness with this package combining two extraordinary books and a companion Bible study.
In his third powerful volume of the Private Worship trilogy, this beloved author gives you the encouragement, motivation, and specific guidance you seek for your private, individual worship of God. In I Exalt You, O God, Jerry Bridges ushered you into God’s heavenly throne room, introducing you to the personal, private worship of the One who is truly great, holy, wise, and loving. In I Will Follow You, O God, he equipped you to respond in fresh, authentic ways to the God you came to know better in your times of worship. Now, in I Give You Glory, O God, Bridges offers you the best reasons and the best words for bringing honor to your awesome, incomparable God. As a result, you can better see and understand what it really means to glorify God. To fear God. To live as his child. To follow his wisdom day by day. And you can begin to experience the blessings God promises as you truly live for him. Alone with God, let the Holy Spirit create in your heart and mind the deep, life-altering experience of giving glory to God.
Roger Hunt, an ordinary man working as an environmental geologist, has experienced many failures and a few successes. More than halfway through his life, Roger is surprised and blessed to receive a unique and precious gift and an opportunity to learn the secrets of success. Ten years prior, while working on a majestic and remote island off the coast of Alaska, Roger meets a mysterious visitor, the billionaire Billy Haynes III. Billy presents a series of his personal memoirs on success and has a magical way of reinforcing those written principles in the form of vivid dreams, thrilling experiences, and majestic symbols, including what Roger calls the Magnificent Mind-Set Man. Along with these teachings an admonition is given—to share those secrets with the rest of the world. Although Roger is edified and determined to use these principles, write about them, and teach them to the world, he fails to do so and continues to live a life of limited happiness and professional mediocrity. But serendipitously, Roger meets Billy again when he is stranded, and he is given a second chance to remember, apply, and reveal the seven transcending mind-sets of success to the rest of the world.
This thirty-day tool for spiritual growth presents practical articles -- written by some of the nation's best-known Christian authors -- that show readers how to experience breakthroughs in their Christian lives, marriages, families, and walks with God. Their contributions, a combination of helpful insights from the Bible and personal experience, will revitalize anyone looking for life-transforming change. The book also serves as a resource guide for Dr. Bruce Wilkinson's Experiencing Spiritual Breakthroughs, based on the internationally renowned Three Chairs series. Newly revised and updated!
A Theology of Christian Counseling connects biblical doctrine with practical living. Salvation, that central concern of Protestant theology, is often too narrowly defined. It is thought of as “being saved from the consequences of sin.” But God is doing much more. He is making something new out of the old sinful nature. He is, in Christ, making new creatures.“No counseling system that is based on some other foundation can begin to offer what Christian counseling offers. . . . No matter what the problem is, no matter how greatly sin has abounded, the Christian counselor’s stance is struck by the far-more-abounding nature of the grace of Jesus Christ in redemption. What a difference this makes in counseling!”In this book the reader will gain an insight into the rich theological framework that supports and directs a biblical approach to counseling. And the connection between solid theology and practical application will become compelling. This book is one-of-a-kind.
A church's liturgy is its ritualized system of worship, the services and patterns in which believers regularly participate. While the term often refers to a specific formal ritual like the Roman Catholic Mass, events surrounding major life events - birth, coming of age, marriage, death - areoften celebrated through church liturgies. By documenting and analyzing Mormon liturgical history, Jonathan Stapley is able to explore the nuances of Mormon belief and practice. More important, he can demonstrate that the Mormon ordering of heaven and earth is not a mere philosophical or theologicalexercise. Liturgy informs and reinforces believers' behavior, he shows, and we find a complete religious world, incorporating women, men and children, all participating in the construction of the Mormon universe.This volume casts analytically difficult and historically incongruous concepts such as priesthood, authority, and gender in new and coherent ways. Stapley uses previously untapped documentary and archival sources to elucidate new narratives in each chapter, tracing concepts from the beginning of theLatter-day Saint movement to the present. The Power of Godliness is the first work to establish histories for these unique liturgies and to provide interpretive frameworks for them.
This book is all about what was in the heart of our Father, his plan and purpose from the very beginning of sending his Son even before the fall of man in search for all of his children, so as to bring us into a beloved perfection by his grace, transforming us into his image as he reveals himself unto us so he can fellowship with us in spirit and truth. It also explores the fact that with God we have an inheritance that cannot be earned but can be received and how our mind-set can prevent us from receiving what is already given. It shows scriptural accounts of these truths so as to establish in your hearts what Gods will is truly for you. If you dont think about angels at all, then it will awaken your consciousness to the role of angels in the believers life and who they are. The final focus of this book is to equip the believer on his prayer life and motivate him to seek out his God-given purpose on earth.
In the second volume of this great devotional work, Gerhard builds on the foundation established int he first volume: "In the first volume of this treatise I have related in an orderly way the main, important, and motivational reasons which should generally encourage and awaken every person toward godliness. Now, additionally, follows that we provide a sure form and good directions from the Word of God as to how and in what manner a person should and can practice godliness. It is necessary for us to know both, for God has prescribed both for us in His Word." Rev. Dr. Elmer Hohle's translation of the Schola Pietatis (1623) is his latest contribution to the Repristination Press collection of Gerhard's works.
This is the extended and annotated edition including * an extensive biographical annotation about the author and his life Calvin produced commentaries on most of the books of the Bible. His commentaries cover the larger part of the Old Testament, and all of the new excepting Second and Third John and the Apocalypse. His commentaries and lectures stand in the front rank of Biblical interpretation. The foundation of every code of rules for guiding the ministers of Christ must be sought, not in the judgments of uninspired men, however able and judicious, but in the Holy Scriptures, and chiefly in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus, the accurate interpretation of which is therefore unspeakably valuable. CALVIN has examined them with his usual skill, and will be heard with profound attention. His candor appears to more than ordinary advantage. Never does he press the words of the Holy Spirit beyond what appears to him to be their natural meaning, or depart from the rigid discharge of his task as an expositor for the sake of giving undue prominence to his peculiar views. On this point it may be sufficient to refer to his remarks on the authority which some ministers of the gospel appear to have exercised over others, as a specimen of his unshaken determination to adhere to the sacred records, and of his utter indifference to any use that might be made of such statements by those whose views of church-government differed from his own. Nowhere is his sterling honesty more conspicuous.
A comprehensive introduction to the Pietist theologians of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Puritan England, Pietist Europe and Colonial America. Provides a comprehensive introduction to the Pietist theologians of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Demonstrates the influence that Pietism had on the religious, cultural and social life of the time. Explores the lasting effects Pietism has had on modern theology and modern culture. Presents both Protestant and Catholic theologians in Puritan England, Pietist Europe and Colonial America. Focuses on women as well as men. Features up-to-date research and commentary by an international group of leading scholars.
Drawn from a rich heritage, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will guide you through a carefully selected array of disciplines. By illustrating why the disciplines are important, showing how each one will help you grow in godliness, and offering practical suggestions for cultivating them, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will provide you with a refreshing opportunity to become more like Christ and grow in character and maturity. Now updated and revised to equip a new generation of readers, this anniversary edition features in-depth discussions on each of the key disciplines.
Don’t Get Burned by Your Choice of Date (or Mate) Everyone who wants to date or get married is looking for someone who’s “hot.” In the language of the world, “hot” refers to someone who is sexy or attractive. But according to Jeramy Clark, author of the bestseller I Gave Dating a Chance, and his wife and coauthor Jerusha Clark, a new definition of the word can provide you with an easy-to-use standard for applying God’s wisdom in one of the most challenging areas of your life. LEARN TO DEVELOP DEEPER RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE OPPOSITE SEX IN A GODLY WAY. DISCOVER THE SECRET TO HEALTHY DATING AND MARRIAGE DEVELOP A BIBLICAL STRATEGY FOR CHOOSING THE “RIGHT” PERSON–AS A DATE, OR AS A HUSBAND OR WIFE. Find out why you should look for someone who is truly H.O.T. (holy, outrageous, trustworthy), and see how you can develop the qualities that will both please the Lord and attract the man or woman of your dreams in He’s H.O.T., She’s H.O.T.