How do you respond to the good news of your redemption in Christ?
The Christian life is a process of growing in holiness. This kind of growth is gradual, and obstacles are plentiful. Thankfully, we don't have to go it alone. God has given us his Spirit so we can overcome temptation and become more and more conformed to the image of Christ. But how does the Spirit work? What's the nature of our own personal involvement in the process? And how do we know if we're making progress?
Drawn from the lectures of beloved theologian R. C. Sproul, Growing in Holiness explores the doctrine of sanctification, offering insightful commentary on themes such as developing perseverance, overcoming barriers to growth, dealing with feelings of inadequacy, cultivating love for God and others, exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit, and much more. Whether you're a new believer who wants to understand what the Christian life is all about or you've been a Christian for some time but are frustrated by a lack of progress, this book is your guide to pursuing a holy life.
R. C. Sproul (1939-2017) was founder of Ligonier Ministries; founding pastor of Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Florida; first president of Reformation Bible College; and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. His radio program, Renewing Your Mind, is still broadcast daily on hundreds of radio stations around the world and can also be heard online.
"Nothing is more critical than the priority of sanctification in the life of the church. In these days, it is popular to make much of justification--what our sovereign God does for unworthy sinners. But there is pervasive indifference to the doctrine of sanctification--what the believer pursues to the honor of our all-worthy God. No one has been better equipped to address this than R. C. Sproul. It is wonderful to think of him now experiencing glorification and still speaking to us about sanctification."
Pastor John MacArthur
"All Christians desire to be like Christ, but it means more than becoming patient, compassionate, and caring for the poor. Our Savior commanded us to 'be holy as I am holy,' so if we want to be like Christ, we must sin less. This is why I love R. C. Sproul's book Growing in Holiness. As my friend R. C. writes of God's holy character, he encourages us to cultivate that same character, taking the reader down the hard, blood-stained path to Calvary. If you want to grow in Christ, this remarkable book is a must-read!"
Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center"
No one in recent years has been more mightily used to bring about a resurgence in the knowledge of the holiness of God than R. C. Sproul. In his book Growing in Holiness, this luminous theologian provides us with much-needed instruction about our personal pursuit of holiness. Written with typical Sproul genius, this book is one you simply must read."
Steven J. Lawson, president, OnePassion Ministries; teaching fellow, Ligonier Ministries; professor, The Master's Seminary
"Reading R. C. Sproul is always like standing in a room when the lights are switched on: everything suddenly becomes clear. This book is a beautiful example of that. With keen wisdom and a light freshness of style, it clears away confusion, opening up long vistas of insight into the sweet truths of the gospel and their implications for our lives. Young Christians should read this and get clear bearings for a lifetime of fruitfulness; mature Christians should read this and be refreshed. I cannot recommend this highly enough; it is a must-read for us all."
Michael Reeves, president and professor of theology, Union School of Theology