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In this booklet, Michael Barrett walks us through Colossians 3:1–17, a “text that is a classic example of how deep theology translates into the practices of life.” He explains that the more we understand the gospel and our completeness in Christ, the more we can enjoy and experience the gospel in our lives, demonstrating that our faith starts on the inside and shows itself on the outside.
How Can We Live Our Faith from the Inside Out? is an insightful, pastorally written guide to living out our faith so that there is no disconnect between what we know and believe in our heads and hearts and how we evidence this truth in our daily lives.
The Principle: The Hidden Life
The Fact of the Hidden Life
The Imperatives of the Hidden Life
The Prospect of the Hidden Life
The Procedure: The Seen Life
Death to Sin
Alive to Righteousness
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said that what the church needs to do most all is “to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?’” As Christians, one of our greatest needs is for the Spirit of God to cultivate biblical godliness in us in order to put the beauty of Christ on display through us, all to the glory of the triune God. With this goal in mind, this series of booklets treats matters vital to Christian experience at a basic level. Each booklet addresses a specific question in order to inform the mind, warm the affections, and transform the whole person by the Spirit’s grace, so that the church may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Michael P. V. Barrett is vice president for academic affairs/academic dean and professor of Old Testament at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“In this close exposition of Colossians 3:1–17, Michael Barrett provides an excellent guide to living out our faith from the heart. Detailed attention to the text of God’s Word produces admirable clarity and wisdom in teasing out the implications of the believer’s union with Christ. It is a model of the way doctrine, exegesis, and pastoral practicality ought always to work together. This is, in short compass, a sure guide to practical holiness that every Christian should read prayerfully and then live gladly.” — David Strain, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi