The content of Growing in Holiness - Understanding God's Role and Yours was taken from lectures of theologian R. C. Sproul, who passed away in 2017. Growing in Holiness is the first book by this author that I’ve read and I found it to be an extraordinary guide for living a Christian life.
The predominant current-day Christian motto is, “God is love.” It’s a far cry from “fire and brimstone” that was predominant in the recent past. And the truth really lies somewhere between. As our perfect Father, God IS true love but He also has expectations of how we’re to live as His children.
Author Sproul skillfully navigates both the loving aspect of God and the accountability aspect. None of the accountability is sugarcoated. He states that being a Christian is work. That we need to imitate Christ rather than follow the ways of the world. And one particularly sobering reminder to me – the gate to heaven is narrow.
Growing in Holiness tackles age-old questions, such as “How do I know God’s will for my life?” and “How do I ensure my salvation?” It covers the specific things we need to do to grow in the Lord. These are actionable items that many Christians probably know but don’t always execute.
And then there are the challenges Sproul lobs out. Are we complacent Christians? Are we sitting back and resting on our perceived Christianity? He states that many of us get lulled into a ‘works-oriented’ Christianity, but God cares about what we ARE more than what we DO. Sproul also says faith is not to remain private. Our duty is not to possess faith but to profess it.
Dr. Sproul’s points are made in reference to scripture and his explanations are easy to follow. The book delivers exactly what the title promises including discussion of the fruits of the Spirit. It has the potential to be a true game-changer for both new and seasoned Christians. There are few books I consider “must read”. This is one.
This book is everything. I found this book to be one of the most insightful and impactful explanations about what it means to really grow in holiness and how I can make changes in my heart and lifestyle to honor God in the way Christians are called to do. This book challenged me in many ways and motivated me in even more ways.
Anyone looking to strengthen their relationship with God would benefit from Growing in Holiness.*(Affiliate link) Readers searching for what it means to really live as a Christian would gain immense insight from this book.
Dr. R.C. Sproul (1939–2017) was founder of Ligonier Ministries, founding pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., and first president of Reformation Bible College. He was author of more than one hundred books, including The Holiness of God.
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