We have many yardsticks for measuring Christian greatness, but the fruit of the Spirit is not high on the list. We seem to prefer other forms of greatness. Yet the Scriptures place the highest value on the fruit. The studies in this book are an outgrowth of a series of sermons Sanderson preached. Addressed to people, and not just to ministers, Sanderson has made an effort to apply the biblical insights presented to the problems of present day.
A biblical study of genuine character growth in the life of the Christian, as set forth in Galatians 5.
Dr. John Sanderson is well known as a remarkably gifted teacher of biblical truth. In addition to ministering in two pastorates, he has served on the faculties of Covenant College, Faith Theological Seminary, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Covenant Theological Seminary.
We need less talk about some once-for-all experience with the Spirit and more, much more, about practical ways to exhibit day-after-day love, joy,peace,patience, kindness, and the rest of the fruit of the Spirit. This excellent book is especially suitable for group discussion.
I know of no better guide in print. Here is careful exegesis... coupled with penetrating application of Pauls teaching to the lives of Christians. Each chapter closes with a list of questions.
The author stresses that Christian character is the inevitable outcome of the Spirits impartation of the new life . . . He boldly declares, The permanently carnal Christian is a fragment of the imagination. The growth of the fruit if the Spirit involves the divine initiative as well as human responsibility. For proper growth the hindering weeds must be removed and the fruit cultivated through abiding in Christ through the instrumentality of the Word . . . a valuable contribution to this important theme.
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