J. I. Packer, one of today’s most important evangelicals, has greatly influenced the modern church and the field of evangelism. The J. I. Packer Collection, a compendium of that influence, presents six volumes of Packer’s God-centric thoughts on holiness, God’s will, and discipleship. You’ll get daily wisdom from a biblical, Evangelical perspective in the form of devotionals and books on the life of faith, which, in Logos, can be configured into daily reading plans, making any book a daily or weekly devotional.
Perfect for scholars, students, pastors, and laypeople alike, the Logos edition of the J. I. Packer Collection is fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and to the original language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library.
We face decisions every day—some big, some small. As Christians, we want to submit the choices we face to God’s will. Unfortunately, for many people the process of discerning God’s will has become fraught with fear and confusion, leading to such questions as:
In this biblical and practical exploration of divine guidance, you’ll find solid foundations for understanding how and why God guides his people. Discover the role of Scripture, discernment, wisdom, the counsel of others, and the Holy Spirit in helping you discover God’s will.
A helpful study guide for individual or group use is included.
Carolyn Nystrom, a freelance writer, is based in St. Charles, Illinois.
Historically, the church’s ministry of grounding new believers in the essentials of the faith has been known as catechesis—systematic instruction in faith foundations, including what we believe, how we pray and worship, and how we conduct our lives. For most evangelicals today, however, this very idea is alien. Packer and Parrett, concerned for the state of the church, seek to inspire a much-needed evangelical course correction. This new book makes the case for a recovery of significant catechesis as a nonnegotiable practice, urging evangelical churches to undertake this biblical ministry for the sake of their spiritual health and vitality.
On his 80th birthday, Packer said that the greatest challenge for the twenty-first-century church was to re-catechize and disciple believers. These contributions from two of our best Christian thinkers help us to do precisely what Packer said is needed. It will help you to see how to make not just converts but, as Jesus tells us, disciples.
—Chuck Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship
Nothing could be more practical than the urgently needed wisdom that Packer and Parrett provide in this book. More than a call to recover a neglected practice, Grounded in the Gospel provides concrete advice to us all for dedicating ourselves anew to rooting the next generation in the great truths of the faith.
—Michael S. Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology, Westminster Seminary, California
Having been initially formed by Lutheran catechetical practices, I heartily endorse Packer’s and Parrett’s efforts to encourage evangelicals to adopt similar procedures for training both young and old in the foundational elements of faith. I want to prod parishes of all denominations to listen to Packer’s and Parrett’s cries and constructive proposals to better equip new believers. This is an urgently needed book!
—Marva J. Dawn, teaching fellow in spiritual theology, Regent College
At last, a book that tells local churches how to fulfill all of the Great Commission! It’s important that we ‘go’ and that we ‘make disciples,’ but it’s also important that we ‘teach’ new believers and help them grow in the faith. I highly recommend this book to pastors and church leaders who want to encourage Christian intelligence and maturity in their people.
—Warren W. Wiersbe, author, The “BE” Series
This book considers one of the ‘ancient ways’ as vital for the present and future health of the church but emphasizes two critical factors: learning is important; and catechesis is about the holistic development of the whole people of God. Christian learning needs to make a comeback in the church. This book will help.
—Linda Cannell, academic dean, North Park Theological Seminary
J. I. Packer and Gary Parrett offer a diagnosis and prescription to remedy our shallow faith and practice. While the prescription might not be popular in our individualistic, do-it-yourself contemporary church culture, it’s precisely the remedy needed to reverse the pandemic of narcissistic spirituality and lethargy plaguing the church.
—Walt Mueller, founder and president, Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
Many thoughtful Christian analysts have pinpointed the lack of maturity and of a biblical mindset among the vast majority of Christians as one of the most serious problems today in the church worldwide. Few have presented a concrete remedy for this problem as effectively as J. I. Packer and Gary Parrett have in this book.
—Ajith Fernando, national director, Youth for Christ Sri Lanka
Packer and Parrett argue that recovering the practice of catechesis can go a long way toward curing anemic Christianity. The book’s biblical grounding and theological structure should go a long way toward encouraging evangelicals to resurrect this ancient church practice.
—Mark Galli, senior managing editor, Christianity Today
Packer and Parrett move from history to explanation to application in their vision to see catechesis restored to the body of Christ. Anyone would benefit from reading Grounded in the Gospel, for this is no dry exercise in educational theory within the church. Rather it is a thoroughly informed and passionate plea to fully comprehend the essence and faithfully apply the implications of the Gospel. Pastors, elders, and parents will benefit especially from the vision and strategy of this timely and important book.
—TGC Reviews (The Gospel Coalition)
Gary A. Parrett is the professor of educational ministries and worship at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the coauthor of The Many Colored Kingdom.
The Holy Spirit empowers us, guides us, and enables us to grow and endure in our relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ. Often the most misunderstood member of the Trinity, the Spirit is someone of great focus and attention today amid church revivals and renewals.
In this new edition of his classic Keep in Step with the Spirit, J. I. Packer seeks to help Christians reaffirm both the biblical call to holiness and the Spirit’s role in keeping our covenant with God. Packer discusses the merits and shortcomings of the current charismatic movement—and how Christ must always be at the center of true Spirit-led ministry.
Packer encourages believers to implement the Spirit’s directives and discusses how to map the Spirit’s path in your life. If you want to understand and experience more of life in the Spirit, you will cherish this latest offering from one of Christianity’s most respected scholars.
Keep in Step with the Spirit presents a strong and positive call to deeper Christian experience through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
—The Alliance Witness
An encouragement to the reader to acquire a Spirit-filled character.
J. I. Packer is one of the most significant evangelical theologians of the last one hundred years. He has had a deep and encompassing influence on many renewal movements within North American Christianity and has become a highly regarded leader in the global Christian movement through his many books and worldwide lecturing.
Here a stellar team of scholars examines some of the major aspects of Packer’s life and thought. The contributors analyze and assess Packer’s impact on evangelicalism over the past half century, ask what more we can learn from him about ministry and the evangelical future, and suggest a way forward for evangelical theology. J. I. Packer himself offers a response and reflection. The book also includes a full bibliography of Packer’s writings—the most comprehensive such listing available.
[This book] celebrates the life and thought of J. I. Packer, evangelicalism’s premier theologian. . . . Many of the essays address his theology directly. In the process, the reader learns about key concerns in Professor Packer’s thought. . . . Other essays take a certain aspect of Packer’s theology and draw on it in order to discuss issues of concern to contemporary evangelical thought. . . . The book concludes with a helpful bibliography of Packer’s works. . . . Each of the essays makes for delightful reading. . . . This book—suitably devoted to the memory of Fr. Richard John Neuhaus—constitutes a wonderful contribution both to Professor Packer’s theology in particular and to evangelical thought and spirituality more broadly.
History lovers have to appreciate a book that charts the evangelical future by looking back on the life and legacy of a great theologian. Of course, such a strategy of turning back to find your way forward perfectly suits J. I. Packer. As an accomplished historian and theologian, Packer finds cures for what ails contemporary evangelicalism by exploring the contributions of spiritual giants such as the Puritans. So we expect nothing less than prescriptive retrospective from J. I. Packer and the Evangelical Future.
—Christian History blog
Students of J. I. Packer’s beloved Puritans may hear echoes of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress throughout this volume. Turning the pages feels like walking through the Interpreter’s House, with each essay introducing a series of poignant lessons from the Anglican theologian. . . . When historians examine the life of Packer, this volume will serve as a useful starting point.
Perhaps no other figure towers above modern evangelicalism like J. I. Packer. . . . In honor of Packer’s life and ministry, Timothy F. George has assembled some of the world’s best pastors and theologians to write about those aspects of doctrine, theology, and church history which have personally impacted Packer’s life and through him the modern church.
—The Baptist Messenger
Timothy George, the founding dean of Beeson Divinity School, is the author or editor of more than 20 books, including Theology of the Reformers and God the Holy Trinity. He serves as executive editor for Christianity Today, and he’s on the editorial advisory board of Books & Culture and the Harvard Theological Review.
“There was a time,” writes renowned theologian J.I. Packer in this classic book on biblical holiness, “when all Christians laid great emphasis on God’s call to holiness. But how different it is today! To listen to our sermons and to read the books we write, and then to watch the zany, worldly, quarrelsome way we behave, you would never imagine that once the highway of holiness was clearly marked out for Bible-believers.” In this revised and updated edition of Rediscovering Holiness, the highway is once more clearly marked out for a new generation of readers, pointing to true freedom and joy, both now and in eternity.
If the desire to know God’s guidance is a sign of spiritual health, then this meaty devotional is a sure prescription for a vigorous spiritual appetite. In daily bite-sized chunks, J.I. Packer offers a soul-satisfying menu of profound meditations designed to bring delight to the heart and strength to the spirit. Expertly mixing Scripture, choice excerpts from J.I. Packer’s many books, and providing appropriate application, Knowing God’s Purpose for Your Life features the best of J.I. Packer’s theological musings in a powerful and practical format. Each month covers a new topic and points you back to the fountain of all true joy and lasting delight: God Himself. Grow closer to God as you discover His magnificent purpose for your life.
J.I. Packer is the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College and an executive editor for Christianity Today. Best known for his bestselling classic Knowing God, Packer is the author or editor of more than 30 books.
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