Title: Growing your faith
Author: Jerry Bridges
“How do we grow spiritually?” that is the question this book seeks to address. With the aim of providing basic instructions on spiritual growth, this book is divided into 3 sections:
- “The necessity of spiritual growth”, where the author talked about why Christians need to grow spiritually and the foundation needed for spiritual growth;
- “The means of spiritual growth”, where the author explained the means needed (eg grace, Holy Spirit, bible, discipline and so on ) and how these aid in spiritual growth;
- “The marks of spiritual growth”, where the author showed 5 fundamental characteristics of a growing Christian.
Throughout the book, Jerry Bridges quoted and explained many verses from the bible related to spiritual growth. I find the chapter on “spiritual fellowship” insightful because Jerry Bridges showed how important and vital fellowship is, and gave an overview of the fellowship mentioned in the bible – the kind of fellowship we should pursue. While he did not go into details on small groups, he cautioned about the small group going in the wrong direction.
Jerry Bridges had touched on the subject of spiritual growth in many of his earlier works. This book is sort of a consolidation of those materials, together with new material, making it more accessible to Christians who want to learn more about the subject. Though the title seems to suggest this book is meant for those new in the faith, it is also relevant for mature Christians to review their growth.
PS: I borrowed this book from the church library. I have not received any form of compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the publisher or author mentioned in the post.