We see all around us that the world is on a quest for pleasure, power, profit, and position. Many Christians struggle to live faithfully in such a world and stay true to Christ's command to be in the world, but not of it. Taking direction from the Puritans, John Calvin, and others, Joel Beeke guides readers to the biblical alternatives to worldliness: genuine piety and holiness.
Written for such times as these, Overcoming the World will be a source of encouragement and growth for readers that are serious about following Christ. Pastors and other leaders will find here a uniquely practical work that will help them in leading Christians through the narrow gate.
Table of Contents:
Part One: Overcoming the World by Faith
1. What Is Overcoming Worldliness
2. Practicing the Overcoming Life
3. Making the Overcoming Last
Part Two: Overcoming the World through Piety: Calvin’s Answer to Worldliness
4. What Is Piety?
5. Communion With Christ
6. Piety and the Church
7. Piety and the Believer
Part Three: Overcoming the World Through Holiness
8. The Call to Cultivate Holiness
9. How to Cultivate Holiness
10. Encouragements for Cultivating Holiness
11. Obstacles to Cultivating Holiness
12. The Joy of Cultivating Holiness
Part Four: Overcoming the World in the Ministry
13. Your Private Life
14. Your Prayer Life
15. Your Relationship With God
16. Your Family
17. Your Fight against Pride
18. Your Coping with Criticism
19. Your Preaching
20. Your Shepherding
21. Your Persuasions to Overcome
Joel R. Beeke (Ph.D. Westminster Theological Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of The Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, and author of numerous books.
“A Book on worldliness seems strangely out of fashion today. Talk of holiness and separation from the world seems to belong to another age. Joel Beeke provides a does of purity and sense, like a glass of clean fresh water, in the murky pools of today’s talk about holiness. The book is not only timely; it is also essential reading for every Christian who is serious about following Christ.” – Derek W.H. Thomas
“Why is worldliness such a serious matter for the individual Christian and the church? Beeke does us a great service by answering this and other crucial questions about worldliness in a biblical, practical, and insightful way. I am glad that his book is available for my own spiritual growth and ministry, and for the benefit of other who will be blessed.” – Wayne A. Mack
“Every Christian is called to a pure life. These chapters define a worldly spirit, and the exhort us to pursue victory over this impure world with a single mindedness.” – Geoff Thomas
“Overcoming the World is not only a brilliant exposition of the meaning of worldliness, but a very practical guide. John Calvin is shown to be a man who was a great reformer with intense concern about basic spirituality as it affected the believers’ relationship to the world. We need Joel Beeke’s book – we need to read it, imbibe it, practice it, and commend it wherever we can.” – Martin Holdt