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Growing in Christ

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  147 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews

Growing in Christ explains just that—how to grow
in Christ. As this book shows, we mature spiritually by carefully
learning and thoughtfully living the essentials of the Christian
faith that are too often taken for granted or overlooked in our
daily lives.

These essentials—so beautifully summarized in the
Apostle's Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten
Commandments—provide the h

ebook, 196 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Crossway Books (first published March 1st 1994)
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Joe Haack
Sep 01, 2011 Joe Haack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why is this not a classic? Seriously. Let me try and answer that question: The title. This book is probably cast aside because of the vague title. This is less a book on Christian Sanctification, and more an overview of "What Christians Believe." In fact, it used to be titled: "I Want to Be a Christian."

As an more in-depth introduction to Orthodox Christianity, I can't imagine a better book. I speak no hyperbole. This is so good.

This book is really a concise and devotional commentary on each p
Shawn Birss
Sep 14, 2015 Shawn Birss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book, fit to be recommended with other classics such as Lewis' Mere Christianity or Stott's Basic Christianity as introductions to basic Christian faith. In four sections, Packer illuminates Christian theology and practice using The Apostle's Creed, Baptism and Christian conversion and initiation, The Lord's Prayer, and The Ten Commandments as his guide. Packer does an excellent job of describing a thoroughly orthodox, yet inclusive faith, a *Mere* Christianity, as C. S. Lew ...more
Andrew Strenn
Nov 11, 2016 Andrew Strenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I good book covering the basics of the Christian faith. Using the Apostle's Creed, Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments Packer explains the faith. This book is broken down into very small sections (2-4 pages each).

Packer's writing style is enjoyable. It was fun and edifying to think through the basic tenets of the Christian faith via this book.
Chris Brown
Excellent exposition of the Apostle's Creed!
Apr 16, 2011 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology, nonfiction
A pretty good introductory book about the basics of the Christian faith, covering the Apostles' Creed, the topic of baptism, the Lord's prayer, and the Ten Commandments. I would recommend it except for the section on baptism. I believe I really did try to give Packer's explanation of his views on infant baptism a chance, but he has to jump through so many hoops compared to what I consider the simple Biblical teaching that baptism is a public profession of one's individual faith in Christ. I woul ...more
Jul 27, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it
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I started reading this book because I wanted to know more about the guiding principles behind the Lord's Prayer. The book is divided into 4 sections: The Apostle's Creed, Baptism and Conversion, The Lord's Prayer, and The Ten Commandments. The book helped me to understand the importance of each of these things in the Christian faith/lifestyle. While I did not agree with EVERY assumption that the author made regarding the implementation of the 10 commandments in today's society (i.e. placing homo ...more
Mark Myers
Nov 22, 2010 Mark Myers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed this book. A men's group has been reading and studying this book on Saturday mornings for a couple of years. The chapters are all three pages long, and represent short thoughts on main areas of Christian faith. Most men's groups would find the chapters too short to do only one chapter a week - two or even three would be an easy task.
Leslie Christopher
I loved this book. I used it as a devotional, reading a chapter a day for as many days as it has chapters......another accessible book that encourages the reader in their sanctification.

Packer's style is very pastoral, winsome. He has a heart for sinners like me. This is another book that I will probably read a hundred times if I live long enough!
Michael Vincent
May 18, 2015 Michael Vincent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
An excellent doctrinal/devotional on the basics of the faith using familiar creeds and Scripture. Every Christian would gain from reading this beginning consideration of important historical teachings.
Dec 21, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book and my Fall 2016 course for University of Mobile. What Packer does so well is write with joy. You can see his thankful heart in every word in this book. A lot of the concepts I was already familiar with but Packer's joy brings a new level of appreciation in this reader.
Mar 12, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an interesting book on how to live in today's world withou being of today's world.
Charles Erlandson
Simple but Profound Lessons on the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the 10 Commandments.
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What do J. I. Packer, Billy Graham and Richard John Neuhaus have in common? Each was recently named by TIME magazine as among the 25 most influential evangelicals in America.

Dr. Packer, the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College, was hailed by TIME as “a doctrinal Solomon” among Protestants. “Mediating debates on everything from a particular Bible translation to the acceptabi
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“When God gave Israel the Commandments on Sinai (Exodus 20:1-17), he introduced them by introducing himself. “God spoke all these words, saying, ‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of . . . bondage. You shall . . .’” (verse 1ff.). What God is and has done determines what his people must be and do. So study of the Decalogue should start by seeing what it tells us about God.” 1 likes
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