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True Spirituality by Francis A. Schaeffer
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Jan 31, 2011

it was amazing
Read from January 31 to August 02, 2011

HOW does the Gospel change everything?

We often hear that the Gospel changes everything, but how does that work? How do I make choices in that framework? How do I yield myself to God without erasing my volition or becoming a victim when sin comes?

This book explains how all of these questions work out practically.

Schaeffer argues that sanctification is 1.) the finished work of Jesus 2.) by the agency of the Holy Spirit 3.) bearing fruit through believers as they actively yield themselves to the Lord. The Christian life then, is a life meant to be lived in a mystical union with the Lord where we depend on Him as the branch does the vine. He is the Actor, we are sentient, personal, volitional tools in His hands. I believe I am right in saying that what Schaeffer puts forth is neither monergism nor synergism in sanctification; but rather, a bridge between the two.

I am very grateful for this book.

This review is being written during my third time through True Spirituality.

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Seph Awesome discussion on chapter 4:

Propensity for emphasis of the volition to swing from man-centered to non-existent and where we should be.

Propensity towards existential significance and where we see this in the world. How we also fail here. How God gives us true content for significance.

On true Christian mysticism by abiding in Christ.

On HOW to walk in the power of the Spirit.

On the necessity for shepherds to address the whole man in preaching (intellect, emotion and will) and why failure to do so is a failure to address the audience as humans and a commentary on our view of man.

Great talk... Thanks Andrew!!

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