Holiness. The Christian's joint venture with God.
"Be holy, for I am holy," commands God to His people. But holiness is something that is often missing in the Christian's daily life. According to Jerry Bridges, that's because we're not exactly sure what our part in holiness is. In The Pursuit of Holiness, he helps us to see clearly just what we should rely on God to do-and what we should accept responsibility for ourselves.
This book will help you understand:
Whether you're continuing your pursuit of holiness or just beginning, the principles and guidelines in The Pursuit of Holiness will challenge you to obey God's command of holiness.
“God wants us to walk in obedience—not victory. Obedience is oriented toward God; victory is oriented toward self.” (Page 17)
“Our first problem is that our attitude toward sin is more self-centered than God-centered. We are more concerned about our own ‘victory’ over sin than we are about the fact that our sins grieve the heart of God. We cannot tolerate failure in our struggle with sin chiefly because we are success-oriented, not because we know it is offensive to God.” (Pages 16–17)
“To live a holy life, then, is to live a life in conformity to the moral precepts of the Bible and in contrast to the sinful ways of the world. It is to live a life characterized by the ‘[putting] off of your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires...and [putting] on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness’ (Ephesians 4:22, 24).” (Page 16)
“Will you begin to look at sin as an offense against a holy God, instead of as a personal defeat only? Will you begin to take personal responsibility for your sin, realizing that as you do, you must depend on the grace of God? And will you decide to obey God in all areas of life, however insignificant the issue may be?” (Page 20)
“It is not the importance of the thing, but the majesty of the Lawgiver, that is to be the standard of obedience” (Page 19)
Jerry Bridges (1929–2016) was an evangelical Christian author and speaker. He serves in the Collegiate Mission, and has been on the staff of The Navigators for more than fifty years. Bridges earned an engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma and went on to serve as an officer in the United States Navy during the Korean War before joining the staff of the Navigators.
He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Pursuit of Holiness, which has sold more than one million copies. His devotional Holiness Day By Day garnered the 2009 ECPA Christian Book Award for the inspiration and gift category, and The Discipline Of Grace received a similar award in 1995 for the Christian living category.