The Practice of Godliness, Book & Study Guide
I first have to say, I have not read his other book The Practice of Holiness, but after reading this one, I will be looking forward to getting that one. I am pleasantly surprised by this book and would recommend it to others.One of the first things that impressed me, something I haven't seen often in the church, is his humbleness and willingness to admit that he doesn't know it all. He writes with a little fear and trembling because he takes the Scripture James 3:1 seriously. Teachers will be held accountable to God for what they teach. I know, not something you see often in the church these days.This book boils down to leading a disciplined life and practicing true godliness. He states that we do not fear God enough and there is a balance between fearing God and having child-like faith. We have a very flippant attitude towards God and we need to recover a sense of awe of who He is.Some of the topics he covers are: Devotion to God, Training Yourself To Be Godly, Humility, Contentment, Thankfulness, Joy, Holiness, Self-Control. The book is well written and easy to understand, and made possible to absorb the points in each chapter.There is a study guide that goes with the book and he suggests doing the Bible study and then read the book, in that order. I have been challenged by the study and can't wait to go deeper into it for my own personal relationship with God and not just to review a book. It is a book that is worth studying, not just reading.I think you will find it challenging and refreshing.
April 22, 2010
The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges is the sequel to The Pursuit of Holiness. While The Pursuit of Holiness focused on dealing with sin in our lives, The Practice of Godliness focuses on growing in Christian character.The author states that the practice of godliness is an exercise or discipline that focuses upon God.We cannot please God without taking time to walk with Him and develop a relationship with him. This new book teaches readers that devotion to God always results in Christian character. Its impossible to get closer to God, without taking on more of His character and attributes. I would venture to say that EVERY Christian should read this book, at least once a year. Whether youve walked with God your entire life or are a brand new Christian there is something that everyone can learn from this study.Some of the topics covered are: Devotion to God, Training Yourself To Be Godly, Humility, Contentment, Thankfulness, Joy, Holiness, Self-Controlall very good character traits that no one has perfected. The study is well written, easy to understand and broken down into digestable pieces so that you have time to really absorb the point of each chapter.A companion discussion guide is available for this book which makes a fantastic study resource either for an individual or a group. The study guide helps the reader to go deeper into the topic, and offers opportunity for personal reflection and examination.
April 15, 2010