I've encouraged my pastor, Sunday school teachers, and friends to read this and other books by Jerry Bridges. He is definitely an author with a creative writing style that is easy to read and well versed in scripture. Obviously, the Holy Spirit has played a part in convicting Jerry to write this great piece of literature. I recommend keeping the Bible close at hand to validate references disclosed by Jerry. This is definitely a stepping stone in growing as a Christian.
It has taken me awhile to get through The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges. Not because it isn't any good. But because I had to stop and ponder. And stop and ponder some more.
The description of the book includes the sentence: "The Discipline of Grace offers a clear and and thorough explanation of the gospel and what it means to be a believer." That really does sum it up.
Early in the book, Bridges talks about how we (as believers) tend to create a little timeline -- separated by salvation -- where the gospel is the most important thing Before Salvation, and the message of discipleship is the most important thing After Salvation.
Bridges argues that the gospel message is the most important one all along, and that believers need to preach the gospel to themselves every single day. Every. Single. Day. As a result, one thing that I started working on as a result of reading this book is to memorize Romans 3:19-26 .
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Before I read this book, I had heard of several other books by Jerry Bridges, but I had never read one myself. It is a little bit difficult for me to give a straight review of this book, since it is so deep theologically, so I will just give a basic overview.
This book builds on the author's earlier work, "The Pursuit of Holiness" by pointing out the role of God's grace in the pursuit of the holiness of the believer. The main message of the first few chapters is how we need to realize that God's grace doesn't just save us through faith in Christ, but that it continues to work in our lives after salvation. The last few chapters go more into how this is lived out in our daily lives.
The message that I took away from this book was the idea that Christians should continue to "preach the gospel" to themselves every day. I thought this was a great thought and something that I need to work on in my life. We should never forget the sacrifice of Christ that gives us salvation and eternal life with Him. Our relationship with God isn't based on whether we are having a good day or a bad day or how we feel - it is based on what Christ did for us through His grace.
That was what I took away most from this book, and that was really just in the first few chapters! I have to say that after that, I got a little bogged down in the rest of the book. I think this book would be a great study to do with a group. Since I read it by myself, it was hard to grasp all of the points that were made. I think I would have to go back and study it again to really get more out of it. I also was not crazy about the fact that in the last part of the book, the author quoted (a LOT) from Puritan theologians rather than just quoting Scripture. I am sure the Puritans have a lot of knowledge to give, but I prefer to back those ideas up with Scripture as well.
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Because I've been reading The Practice of Godliness with my Bible Study group, which has been pleasant and informative, I couldn't resist the opportunity to read this and write a review for it. It took me a time to read this book by Dr. Jerry Bridges, not because of the book's length, but because there is so much essential information to reflect upon and because I couldn't process it all at once. There were times when I either took a break or reread the early chapters in order to reflect on this further. As you may have guessed by now, I greatly enjoyed reading this!
The Discipline of Grace fits the NavPress product description of being a book set on Spiritual Growth and Spiritual Formation. I loved how Dr. Jerry Bridges' book repeated each chapter the importance of preaching the gospel to ourselves everyday and to stop being deceived by the "good day, bad day" idea we have for our relationship with Christ. I felt The Discipline of Grace helped me grow spiritually as it focuses on the importance of grace and holiness without being boring and I know others will grow after reading this too. I honestly had no complains about this book and I also feel Dr. Bridges is an underappreciated author who ought to be considered more often at a bookstore. I don't say this often, but I recommend you buy this book today!
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