Growing in Holiness draws from the lectures of theologian R.C. Sproul (1939-2017) and explores the doctrine of sanctification.
“Sanctification is a whole-life process by which we are being changed to be made holy.”
Before sanctification can happen, we must first believe in Jesus Christ for our salvation. Once we trust in Christ for our justification, our sins are atoned for and we can stand in the righteous of Christ.
Our salvation is based on the righteousness of Christ, not upon our own. The purpose of the Christian life is to reflect the character of God to the world around us. God gives Christians the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us grow in holiness.
This book helps readers understand God’s role and ours in the sanctification process.
“We can’t just sit back, rest, and let nature take its course. If nature took its course in a Christian’s life, that Christian’s spiritual power would atrophy in five minutes or less. Growth in Christ is not easy and we have to know we are in for a struggle for the rest of our lives.”
I loved Sproul’s explanation between the Holy Spirit’s conviction of sin and Satan’s accusation.
“When the Spirit convicts us of sin, He always comes with the grace of the Father to heal us and to forgive us—not to lead us into despair. He doesn’t come to paralyze us; He comes to liberate us. We had better be able to discern the difference between the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the accusation of Satan.”
The last three chapters share how we can grow in holiness through loving others, showing the fruits of the spirit, and maturing in Christ.
“As the fruit of the Spirit grows in us, our capacity grows for long-suffering, for patience, for putting up with insult and injury.”
This book gives solid teaching on the foundations of the Christian faith and is a great resource for all Christians.
I received a free copy from BakerBooks in exchange for my honest review.