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Ch. 17: The Joy of Holiness

The Pursuit of Holiness

by, Jerry Bridges

Ch. 17: The Joy of Holiness

  • Only those who are obedient – who are pursuing holiness as a way of life – will know the joy that comes from God p.154
  • In what ways does holiness produce joy?
    1. Fellowship with God p.154
      • It is not that His love is conditional on our obedience… but our experience of His love is dependent upon our obedience p.154
    2. Knowing that I am obeying God p.155
      • I am no longer resisting Him in some particular area of my life p.155
    3. Anticipated reward p.155
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Ch. 16: Holiness in an Unholy World

The Pursuit of Holiness

by, Jerry Bridges

Ch. 16: Holiness in an Unholy World

  • Instead of withdrawing from contact with the world, we must strive to resist its influence p.146-7
  • One helpful reinforcement to living according to our convictions is to identify ourselves with Christ openly, wherever we find ourselves in the world p.147
  • The Bible is our best defense against this pollution (Psalm 119:9) p.148
  • We must be concerned not only for our own purity of mind and heart, but also for the eternal destiny of those who would pollute us p.149

Ch. 15: Holiness and Faith

The Pursuit of Holiness

by, Jerry Bridges

Ch. 15: Holiness and Faith

  • Faith enables us to claim the promises of God … it also enables us to obey the commands of God p.139
  • We must have conviction that it is God’s will that we seek holiness – regardless of how arduous and painful the seeking may be p.142
  • We must be confident that the pursuit of holiness results in God’s approval and blessing, even when circumstances make it appear otherwise p.142

Ch. 14: Habits of Holiness

The Pursuit of Holiness

by, Jerry Bridges

Ch. 14: Habits of Holiness

  • Every sin we commit reinforces the habit of sinning and makes it easier to sin p.132
  • Principles to train ourselves in godliness:
    1. Frequent repetition p.132
      • The more we say no to sin, the more we are inclined to say no p.133
    2. Never let an exception occur p.134
    3. Diligence in all areas is required to ensure success in one area p.134
      • Continually giving in to that habit weakens our wills against the onslaughts of temptation from other directions p.134
    4. Don’t be discouraged by failure

Ch. 13: Holiness and Our Wills

The Pursuit of Holiness

by, Jerry Bridges

Ch. 13: Holiness and Our Wills

  • When god originally created man, the reason, the emotions, and the will all worked in perfect harmony… reason led the way in understanding the will of God, the will consented to God’s will, and the emotions delighted in doing it p.125
  • While the will is the ultimate determiner of all choices, it is influenced in its choices by the strongest forces brought to bear upon it p.125
  • Therefore we must guard what enters our minds and what influences our emotions p.125
  • God most often appeals to our wills through our reason, sin and Satan usually appeal to us through our desires p.127

Ch. 12: Holiness in Spirit

The Pursuit of Holiness

by, Jerry Bridges

Ch. 12: Holiness in Spirit

  • Holiness begins in our minds and works out to our actions. This being true, what we allow to enter our minds is critically important p.117
  • Philippians 4:8
  • We need to pray daily for humility and honesty to see these sinful attitudes for what they really are, and then for grace and discipline to root them out of our minds and replace them with thoughts pleasing to God p.122

Ch. 11: Holiness in Body

The Pursuit of Holiness

by, Jerry Bridges

Ch. 11: Holiness in Body

  • there must be an attitude of diligent obedience in every area if we are to succeed in mortifying any one expression of sin p.110
  • we have to learn to say no to the body instead of continually giving in to its momentary desires. We tend to act according to our feelings. The trouble is, we seldom “feel” like doing what we should do p.111
  • that is why we have to take control of our bodies and make them our servants instead of our masters p.111

Ch. 10: The Place of Personal Discipline

The Pursuit of Holiness

by, Jerry Bridges

Ch. 10: The Place of Personal Discipline

  • Discipline toward holiness begins with the Word of God p.97
  • As we learn them [the Scriptures], He will faithfully bring them to our minds as we need them to face temptations p.98
  • We Need:
    1. A planned time p.98
      • each day for reading or studying the Bible p.98
      • Satan will always battle us at this point. He will try to persuade us that we are too sleepy in the morning, too busy during the day, and too tired at night p.98
    2. A planned method p.99
      • Hearing the Word taught by our pastors and teachers (Jeremiah 3:15)
      • Reading the Bible ourselves (Deuteronomy 17:19)
      • Studying the Scriptures intently (Proverbs 2:1-5)
      • Memorizing key passages (Psalm 119:11)
    3. Meditation p.99
      • Joshua 1:8
      • Think about them [scriptures], turning them over in our minds, and applying them to our life’s situations p.99
      • The objective of our meditation is application – obedience to the Scriptures p.100
      • A plan for applying the Word to your life p.101
        1. What does this passage teach concerning God’s will for a holy life?
        2. How does my life measure up to that Scripture; specifically where and how do I fall short?
        3. What definite steps of action do I need to take to obey?
      • We must avoid general commitments to obedience and instead aim for specific obedience in specific instances p.101
  • Any training – physical, mental, or spiritual – is characterized at first by failure p.101
  • We keep wanting instant success, but holiness doesn’t come that way p.102
  • So a necessary ingredient of discipline is perseverance p.102

Ch. 9: Putting Sin to Death

The Pursuit of Holiness

by, Jerry Bridges

Ch. 9: Putting Sin to Death

  • To put to death the misdeeds of the body, then, is to destroy the strength and vitality of sin as it tries to reign in our bodies p.84
  • Mortification, though it is something we do, cannot be carried out in our own strength… must be done by the strength and under the direction of the Holy Spirit p.84
  • How do we destroy the strength and vitality of sin? p.85
    1. Have Conviction
      • conviction for living a holy life in general
      • conviction in specific areas of obedience
      • these convictions are developed through exposure to the Word of God
      • God’s Word must be so strongly fixed in our minds that it becomes the dominant influence in our thoughts, our attitudes, and our actions p.86
      • How do we determine God’s will and develop conviction in [areas] that are not specifically mentioned in the Scriptures? p.88
        1. Is it helpful – physically, spiritually, and mentally? (1 Corinthians 6:12)
        2. Does it bring me under its power? (1 Corinthians 6:12)
        3. Does it hurt others? (1 Corinthians 8:13)
        4. Does it glorify God? (1 Corinthians 10:31)
      • It may not be the activity itself that determines whether something is sinful for us, but rather our response to that activity p.89
      • What about those areas in which Christians differ in their convictions as to God’s will? p.90
        1. We should not judge those whose convictions are different from ours (Romans 14:1-4)
        2. Whatever our convictions are, they must be “to the Lord” (Romans 14:5-8)
        3. Whatever convictions we have developed as “to the Lord,” we must be true to them (Romans 14:23)
    2. Have Commitment p.91
      • There is no point in praying for victory over temptations if we are not willing to make a commitment to say no to it p.93

Ch. 8: Obedience – Not Victory

The Pursuit of Holiness

by, Jerry Bridges

Ch. 8: Obedience – Not Victory

  • It is clear from this passage [Romans 8:13] that God puts responsibility for living aholy life squarely on us… we are not to “stop trying and start trusting”; we are to put to death the misdeeds of the body p.78
  • If we sin, it is because we choose to sin, not because we lack the ability to say no to temptation p.80
  • It is time for us Christians to face up to our responsibilities for holiness. Too often we say we are “defeated” by this or that sin. No, we are not defeated; we are simply disobedient! It might be well if we stopped using the terms “victory” and “defeat” to describe our progress in holiness. Rather we should use the terms “obedience” and “disobedience” p.80-81