I'm a fan of Jerry Bridges. I've been benefiting from his books for years, and have repeatedly recommended (and returned to!) such books as his The Pursuit of Holiness, The Practice of Godliness, Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love, The Discipline of Grace: God's Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness, The Joy of Fearing God, Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate, The Bookends of the Christian Life, and more.
Just this morning over a breakfast with some other guys, we were talking about how we should never grow casual towards God's grace. Jerry Bridges' writings came to mind again then, as he helped me appreciate the "bigness" of God's grace in Jesus Christ, and how that grace should fuel my own pursuit of holiness and practice of the spiritual disciplines. And that is likely how I'll continue to remember Bridges - as one of my "author-mentors" who helps me never grow casual towards God's grace.
Recently Jerry Bridges passed away at the age of 86, after serving for decades with the Navigators ministry. The grace that was the focus of so much of Bridges' writings has now become for Jerry the reality of God's glorifying grace, as Jerry lives on in the presence of our Lord. Jerry Bridges' life and his writings are another example of the truth that theology should never remain abstract. What we believe shapes who we are.
To learn a bit more about Jerry Bridges click here. To view his Memorial Service held on March 11, 2016, click here. Or, read an excerpt from Jerry Bridges' own writings, in this article "4 Essentials for Finishing Well."
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