Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Book Review: Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges

God's grace is a wonderful thing. We are saved by grace and did not do anything to earn it. Many think that grace is basically a means to be saved, but grace is more than that. Grace also is a means of sanctifying us as well.

Jerry Bridges wrote a book years ago which has been released that addresses God's grace changing us called, Transforming Grace. Bridges begins the book by reminding his readers that we should not let our performance guide us in the Christian life. We are never good and our good works are filthy rags if we think we are getting saved by works. We are saved by grace through faith and not by our performance which is exactly what Ephesians 2:8-9 teach us.

Bridges continues on by giving us what grace truly is. If we read the Bible, we will see that grace is at the heart of the gospel message. There is saving grace, which does bring about salvation, and there is living by grace as we walk with Jesus in this life. We are free in grace so that do not have to perform, but our living by grace is the result of the saving grace we have been given by God.

The rest of the book deals with a more practical approach to the grace of God and how it changes us. We show love to God and one another as we live by grace. Our actions reflect that we are saved. We are also to walk in holiness, which Bridges seems to always go back to in other books. Holiness is that we are set apart by God to be His particular people saved by grace.

I am so thankful this book has been published once again for readers to dive in some of Jerry Bridges' earlier books. This book has a discussion guide in the back which will be great for personal study or even small group. I am delighted to recommend this book to everyone.

Thanks Tyndale for letting me review this book.

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