Van Dixhoorn, Chad
You don’t have to pick between being boring and being bad. There is a better way: a biblical understanding of holiness. David Brooks’ The Road to Character, and Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life, both in their own way underline our renewed interest in character and responsibility today. In the church too we sense the need for a fresh call to holiness. With moral scandals in the news, it is time is to listen to what the Bible says about becoming more like Jesus. What is holiness? Why should we be holy? What place does grace and the gospel play in the drama of becoming more like Christ? And, most practically, how do we become holy?
Dr. Josh Moody leads us with clarity along a path to a simple biblical profundity: holiness is becoming who we are in Christ. Holiness isn’t about a drab or dreary lifestyle. It’s not about faking it, or being inauthentic. Holiness is becoming who you were made to be. There’s a sweetness, a joy, a freedom in pursuing Jesus. We were designed to live like this, so we find our fullest flourishing there.
Focusing on chapters 3 & 4 of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, Everyday Holiness starts by highlighting that true holiness begins with new life in Christ. He has not only saved us from death but set us apart for life. Those who are in Christ are not only called to be holy but are given the power to be so through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Like the Colossians, we need to realize that as, in Christ, we already are ‘holy,’ we are now to live in holy ways, setting our minds and hearts on following the pattern of Christlike living. Moody uncovers Paul’s practical steps to begin, by putting sin to death, including tackling particular sins that are common to us all.
We put on behaviour befitting our status as chosen, holy, beloved children of God. We wear spiritual clothes that reflect the reality of who we are – a rescued, forgiven people who have been shown grace upon grace, now overflowing to those around us. Everyday Holiness impacts our character, our families, our homes, and our work, as well as the church and wider community.
This book is a must–read for those who are looking to live a full, satisfying life that centres on God. Moody’s eminently practical book is a helpful guide no matter where we are in our spiritual journey.
Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is Senior Pastor of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, and president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries. His books include Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections, How the Bible Can Change Your Life, How Church Can Change Your Life, and Boasting. For more, visit GodCenteredLife.org.
"… thoroughly grounded in Scripture, full of godly wisdom and with many practical applications. … a book to be read and re–read many times. I warmly commend it, as a challenge to the will and a tonic for the soul."
David Jackman, Past President, The Proclamation Trust, London
"… a practical guide to holiness that is drenched in beautiful and rich theology. The best recommendation I can give this book is that I walked away from it wanting to be more like my Saviour."
Jenny Reeves Manley, Former Chief of Staff in the US Senate and author of ‘The Good Portion – Christ: The Doctrine of Christ for Every Woman’
"… soul nourishing help so that those who have received Christ will more faithfully walk in him."
Erik Thoennes, Professor and Chair of Theology, Talbot School of Theology and Pastor, Grace Evangelical Free Church of La Mirada, California
"Josh Moody brings pastoral wisdom to help us walk in who we are in Christ, growing our knowledge and helping us walk in holiness."
Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Chair, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
"Josh Moody … serves as a wise guide not only to help us understand the meaning of the biblical message but to understand its significance for Christian living personally, in Christian community, in the home, in the workplace, and in the culture."
David S. Dockery, President, International Alliance for Christian Education and Distinguished Professor of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas
"… leads us down a path of sanctification notable for both the grace of God and the grit of the daily battle that the Holy Spirit uses to lead us to strategies that produce victories."
Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan