16th Aug 2012

Our Review for The Pursuit of Holiness, by Jerry Bridges

We have offered The Pursuit of Holiness, by Jerry Bridges, for some time, but we have just now added our own review for this title. You can read it below or click here for the full resource page.

The Pursuit of Holiness, by Jerry Bridges  

Jerry Bridges has taken the title of this book from Heb. 12:14, which says that Christians should “pursue holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” The command appears strange to many Christians, who are accustomed to rejoicing in the finished work of Christ and the great truth of justification by faith alone. Any discussion of human responsibility is often met with suspicion. But if a biblical command seems foreign to us, it is only because we ourselves have strayed from biblical truth.

The Pursuit of Holiness is written to correct this lack of emphasis on the Christian’s duty in sanctification. Its contents can be summarized by noting the major themes of the book: (1) Both God and men have a role to play in the pursuit of holiness. (2) Christians will not become more holy unless they discipline themselves for it and refuse to settle for failure. (3) Personal sanctification is not about victory and defeat, but obedience and disobedience. (4) The Christian can do specific things, in dependence on God, to grow in holiness successfully.

If someone is a Christian, then they need the kind of teaching of this book. None are exempt, unless of course they do not wish to “see the Lord.”