Transforming Grace, by Jerry Bridges

Jerry Bridges has written a number of practical Christian books. This book in particular focuses on how our understanding and experience of grace should transform our lives. He does a fantastic job showing the impact that grace may have when it is applied to real life, and how it can release us from the bondage of legalism.

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Why did God answer my prayer? Was it because I had a quiet time that morning or fulfilled other spiritual disciplines? Was it because I hadn’t entertained any sinful thoughts that day? No, God answered my prayer for only one reason: Jesus Christ had already purchased that answer to prayer two thousand years ago on a Roman cross. God answered on the basis of His grace alone, not because of my merits or demerits.

One of the best kept secrets among Christians today is this: Jesus paid it all. I mean all. He not only purchased your forgiveness of sins and your ticket to heaven, He purchased every blessing and every answer to prayer you will ever receive. Every one of them—no exceptions.

Jerry Bridges, Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2008), 17-18.

 

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From Forgiven to Forgiving, by Jay Adams

Jay Adam’s book on forgiveness has been a wonderful practical resource in my library. It begins by describing the forgiveness we as sinners have received from God, and then describes the forgiveness we might expect (and practice) among believers.

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A forgiving community is made up of forgiven people who have not forgotten that fact. In pharisaical and legalistic communities, people have forgotten that it is only by the grace of God they are what they are. Or they find it possible to pretend they are better than they really are by conforming outwardly to biblical standards. Unless they are jogged from time to time by powerful and precise preaching, such communities gradually acquire the notion that they did not need forgiving all that much when they were saved—just minimally! But congregations at their best are composed of grateful people who do remember the pit from which they were rescued (Isa. 51:1). They act neither shocked by sin in others nor superior to those in whom sin is found.

Jay Edward Adams, From Forgiven to Forgiving (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1989), 112.

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