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Christ Formed in You: The Power of the Gospel for Personal Change

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The central claim in Christ Formed in You is that it is God s purpose to change us by progressively making us more like Jesus, and that this happens only as we understand and apply the gospel to our lives. In the pages that follow we will explore the transforming power of the gospel from several angles. Part One focuses on the foundations for personal change. We will look ...more
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Published October 1st 2010 by Shepherd Press
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Greg Wilson
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Brian Hedges in the lead pastor for Fulkerson Park Baptist Church in Niles, Michigan. This is his first book, but you would not know it. It is well researched, engagingly written and skillfully illustrated with both personal and historical examples. He certainly doesn’t lack for confidence. After listing other writers on the topic of spiritual transformation, from Augustine to Keller, he states his “purpose in this book is to bring these pieces together, presenting a single, unified, gospel-cent ...more
Adam T Calvert
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-living
Far from the two extremes of legalism and license, in 'Christ Formed in You' author Brian G. Hedges not only takes the most important central tenet of the Christian faith - the gospel - and shows the glory of its foundation to the Christian life, but astoundingly he also shows the remarkable true nature of the gospel as both the means and the end of the full Christian life.

That's the main premise of the book anyway. Hedges shows, in so many ways, that the Christian life is - and must be - satur
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John
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Hedges's bookshelves must look very similar to mine. I admit, that actually made the book's early going more difficult for me. Instead of appreciating the reminders of truth about salvation and sanctification, I found it difficult to get traction among the familiar quotes. But this is not Hedges fault. He starts with a simple foundation because he knows it's the only foundation we can build on. My only critique would be that Hedges could form a sharpen thesis and roadmap early on. But the book m ...more
Herb Hunter
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you have ever puzzled over the process of how the gospel transforms daily life, this is a good read for you. Hedges lays out the process and plan for sanctification through the gospel in an easy to read style. He is also very thorough. I slowed the pace of my reading considerably in the middle of the book, I just found it tough to get through the material but I immensely enjoyed the last two chapters on suffering and community. Read this book!
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Kurt Woodham
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book - I took an entire month to work through the book because of the vast number of bible references contained in the text. Very powerful treatment of framing the gospel through justification and continued santification - i.e., the "good news" is not only about being in a saved state, but also a transforming state that is progressive in holiness throughout life. Highly recommend.
Travis Stockton
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a comprehensive look at how the gospel, how Christ, effects all the different areas of life, this is a great book to begin with. It combines the writings from authoritative classical and contemporary authors, touching on Christ's involvement in every area of our lives. Great book!
Peter
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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If we are saved by grace, why obey God? Or, put another way, how do we reconcile verses that we are saved by grace with commands to obey and be holy? This book doors a great job of answering that question. It is filled with scripture, quotes, and illustrations describing the proper motivations and inner power to follow the living God.
Barry
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian-living
This book has a good premise but never seems to find its feet. Perhaps it is an issue of flow, perhaps it is a matter of an excessive use of quotations, or perhaps it is another reason altogether. The book isn't bad, but after finishing it it feels average, and it is hard to look back and pinpoint specific things I learned from it.
Michael Banh
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
A very comprehensive book on how the Gospel shapes and transforms our identity and being! It can get a bit dry at times, but there's a lot of good nuggets of wisdom in there! It was a bit on the longer side and hard to get through, but a decent book overall.
Eddie Williams
May 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Less a book on "How" and more a book on "what". It's nice to know what Substitutionary atonement is, but how can we live this out? I didn't get how to live the principles, but just what they were
Elizabeth Hixon
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great book that systematically goes through the basics of spiritual growth. Great for personal reading or as a group as we did. Definitely recommend!
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Brian G. Hedges is the author of Christ Formed in You: The Power of the Gospel for Personal Change (Shepherd Press, 2010), Licensed to Kill: A Field Manual for Mortifying Sin (Cruciform Press, 2011), and Active Spirituality: Grace and Effort in the Christian Life (Shepherd Press, 2014). Brian serves as the lead pastor for Fulkerson Park Baptist Church in Niles, Michigan and has been married to Hol ...more
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“Scripture teaches us that God is like this. Paul says that God “is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20). Commenting on this verse, F. F. Bruce said that God’s “capacity for giving far exceeds [our] capacity for asking.”23” 0 likes
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