Review: Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love
Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love by Jerry Bridges
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Bridges wants believers to keep living by grace after they trust in the grace of Christ the first time. We are not only justified by God's mercy. We are also sanctified by His grace.
We too often fall into the trap of Galatians 3:3, trying to complete our salvation, to become holy, by our own performance. We want to make it up to God, or we want to obligate Him to favor us by our good behavior.
We can also forget what grace is for: to change us into holy, free and obedient people of God. Bridges keeps us from abusing God's grace with license and anti-nomianism, as much as he warns against legalism.
Bridges ends with how to appropriate, or take possession of, God's grace, focusing on the private means of grace: Scripture reading and memorization, prayer, and the ministry of other believers.
Throughout the book, Bridges quotes Scripture often and to the point. A strength of the book is illustrations that clarify and apply his points.
The main weakness is that there is little about the public means of grace or the church. Even the section on the ministry of other believers omits this.
A highly recommended book for any growing Christian.
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