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You'll never be able to ask for too much, need too much, hope for too much. This Bible study shows how God's grace will transform you.
The freedom in falling short of God’s standard relies on His gift of grace. Unfortunately, too many of us forget the free offer. We spend our lives basing our relationship with God on our performance rather than on Him. We see our identity as never being worthy of His love.
Isn’t it time to stop trying to measure up and begin accepting the transforming power of God’s grace?
The product of more than 10 years of Bible study, Navigator author Jerry Bridges' Transforming Grace is a fountainhead of inspiration and renewal that will show you just how inexhaustible and generous God’s grace really is.
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I still dont get it...
Why all the hoopla over this book? Never mind James' passage: "Faith without works is dead." This writing feels uncomfortably pantheistic; it sublimely dictates that we play no role in our salvation. If so, yes; we can expect to see Adolf, Pol Pot and Mao all inside the pearly gates, too. Any writer who is as focused on lottery-style grace is a smorgasbord-style christian who also ignores the gospel of the lost sheep. Why would the heavens rejoice over a repentent sinner if there is no outpouring of God's grace due to their repentence? Notably- scant mention of heaven or afterlife in this book, either. Sure our works are imperfect, that does not prove we should not "strive to be perfect as your father is perfect." (And perhaps- God is imperfect, too. Afterall- if cosmology dictates He is "all knowing, all loving, and all powerful," how can so little justice, mercy or godly wrath exist in this world?)
11/17/2012 3:34:57 PM
A must read!
I've had the opportunity now to read several Jerry Bridges books and I must say that he's quickly become one of my favorite authors. I recently finished Transforming Grace and found it very refreshing and thought-provoking. It tackles a complex concept in a clear,understandable fashion.
Dr. Bridges begins by using the analogy of bankruptcy to illustrate our spiritual condition. There are two types of bankruptcy: chapter 11, which is what we would call "temporary" bankruptcy...the type that is chosen by a company who can eventually get back on their feet...and chapter 7, which is for a company that has reached the end of it's financial rope and has no future. He asserts that most of us have only "filed" chapter 11 when it comes to our spiritual condition. While we recognize that we're spiritually bankrupt when it comes to salvation, we then subtly and unconsciously revert back to a works relationship with God in our everyday walk, rather than recognizing that even our daily relationship with God is based on the infinite merit of Christ, not on our own performance. The entire Christian life from start to finish is lived on the basis of God's grace to us through Christ. He goes on to develop this idea throughout the book, successfully navigating the tension between "working out our own salvation with fear and trembling" and depending utterly and completely on God's grace in everything.
Bridges writes graciously, with transparency and humility about his own struggles with falling back into a "works based" mentality. He delves into the reasons why we fail to experience grace in our lives as we should.
After spending the majority of the book fully developing exactly what grace is and how it applies to us, Bridges addresses how we appropriate this grace. There are four principal means: prayer, His Word, submission to His providential workings in our lives, and the ministry of others. Each of these is explored in depth.
Finally, he discusses the character traits that should be evidenced in our lives, flowing out of experiencing God's grace. There are five in particular that he focuses on : gratitude, contentment, humility, forbearance, and forgiveness.
The book concludes by reiterating that in order to experience the joy of living by God's transforming grace, it's essential to begin and end by recognizing our own spiritual bankruptcy.
Transforming Grace is perfect for personal reading or a group study. The companion study guide provides great questions to use in a group setting.
This is a truly gracious, insightful, and clearly stated study on what exactly God's grace is and how it applies to us. For anyone who finds themselves tempted to fall back into the "performance treadmill" (which we all do at times), Transforming Grace is essential reading.
Thanks so much to Navpress for providing review copies of the book and study guide to me.
8/23/2010 4:39:22 PM
Outstanding Bible Study on Grace
I almost hate to write reviews for Jerry Bridges books, as I feel there is nothing more beneficial I could do than just provide quote after quote. His writing has been so life changing for me, I am determined to read everything Jerry Bridges has written.
As someone who struggles with “the performance treadmill” I was so blessed by Bridges’ gracious words, and most of all, his humility. Recently, I have been writing a series on the fruit of the Spirit in Christian fiction. I wrote that I had difficulty finding characters that demonstrated the fruit of gentleness and meekness. What is refreshing to me about Jerry’s work is that he willingly admits his sins and struggles. He has a humility and meekness in his writing that make his words even more beautiful. Bridges is in the trenches with us, working out his salvation with fear and trembling, yet always ultimately looking to God’s grace.
Bridges defines the Christian experience into three distinct phases: justification, sanctification, and glorification. He goes on to show the reader how essential grace is in all elements of the Christian walk. He starts off by giving an illustration of our complete bankruptcy showing how foolish it is to depend on works. Bridges took passages I was very familiar with: such as the generous landowner and the widow of Zarephath and enabled me to gain new insights from these passages.
Here are a few quotes that blessed me:
“So he (God) supplies perfectly measured grace to meet the needs of the godly. For daily needs there is daily grace; for sudden needs, sudden grace; for overwhelming need, overwhelming grace. God’s grace is given wonderfully, but not wastefully; freely but not foolishly; bountifully, but not blindly.” (John Blanchard, 176)
“The Word, stored in your heart, provides a mental depository for the Holy Spirit to use to mediate His grace to us, whatever our need for grace might be.” (220)
“The Spirit of God is sovereign in His working, and we cannot squeeze Him into the mold of our spiritual formulas.” (221)
Thought some of the writers here might appreciate Charles Swindoll’s thoughts on the writing process. He describes it as, “blood, sweat, tears, sleepless nights, lengthy stares at blank sheets of paper, unproductive days when everything gets dumped into the trash, and periodic moments when inspiration and insight flow.” (187)
In short, if you are looking for a theologically sound book that will impact the way you live your life…if you want to be encouraged in your growth…I most definitely recommend Transforming Grace.
Disclosure: I was provided this book by NavPress in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
8/13/2010 2:02:37 PM
Jerry Bridges wrote an amazing book on the topic of grace. So often we as Christians subconsciously try to work for salvation or favor with God. We often believe that God's grace can be earned by our own merit. But the truth is that God's grace is simply a free gift. It can never be earned and it is not deserved. God is amazingly gracious and freely bestows this grace upon us.
This book is Scripturally sound and filled with info that takes a close look at the Scriptures. Walking through God's word we see up close and personal this grace at work. The subtitle of this book is, "Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love." This explains well another aspect of this book. We do take a look at how God loves us and how we need to grasp that to live in grace.
We also need to accept God's grace and then in turn freely extend it to others. We need to realize we are spiritually bankrupt before God. We need to completely depend on Him in all things. The Holy Spirit that lives in us then does the work in us that God desires. It is all an act of amazing grace.
This is a must read for Christians.We must understand God's grace. I highly recommend this book. It is now on my favorites list.
7/31/2010 9:34:37 PM
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'Transforming Grace' will change your life
“Transforming Grace” by Jerry Bridges is yet another bestseller for NavPress and truly the best yet for the best-selling author and well-known speaker. Bridges definitely has a gift of choosing difficult themes and transcribing them into understandable books that every pastor, teacher and layperson should read.
“Transforming Grace” will show you the correct way to view grace and how to better understand what the Bible is talking about when teaching about it. Even though we know better, we still manage to make our relationship with God a works-based relationship. We may say we believe otherwise, but our actions prove us wrong. In this book, Bridges shows where we go wrong, how to act properly and why it is so important to accept the grace God offers.
It is important to understand that God’s grace is His gift to us no matter what. We cannot earn it and we certainly don’t deserve it. It is ours because we are His. We don’t have to beg for it. We can’t steal it from someone else. And it is not for sale. Only God can give it to you and you can’t give it away.
There is a Discussion Guide available making this book perfect for small groups and Sunday School classes. We can live confidently in God’s unfailing love and Bridges has outlined the method in his book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
7/20/2010 7:58:04 AM