"The Transforming Power of the Gospel" | A Sunday Class Resource
"God has predestined all believers to be conformed to the image of His Son. The process toward that goal is called by various names such as sanctification, growth in grace, or transformation. This process of transformation into the image of Christ begins at our new birth and continues until we die and enter into the presence of the Lord. At that time, according to Hebrews 12:23, our spirits will be made perfect. The transformation process will be complete." Jerry Bridges
Spiritual growth is essential to our lives as Christians. As Peter said in his second letter, "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you all be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, 'You shall be holy, for I am holy." (1 Peter 1:14-16). Jerry Bridges has written an excellent book on the topic of sanctification called The Transforming Power of the Gospel. This book is an exploration of:
- What the biblical meaning of grace is and how it applies to our lives
- How Jesus' work in His life and death applies to the believer in justification and adoption
- Why basic spiritual disciplines are necessary for spiritual growth
- What role the Holy Spirit plays in both definitive and progressive sanctification
If you're looking to supplement the Sunday Class in your study of sanctification, I would highly recommend this resource. It will inspire you to strive for holiness in your life, motivated by grace, empowered by the Holy Spirit.