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Holiness by Grace: Delighting in the Joy That Is Our Strength

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God calls us to be holy as He is holy. But how is that possible when we are clearly imperfect? Chapell illustrates the principles of grace, the practices of faith and the motives of love to help us understand holy living.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 10th 2003 by Crossway Books (first published July 1st 2001)
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Philip
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In this brilliant, but unrecognized little work, Bryan Chapell answers one of the most challenging questions of a Christian: can I really be holy like God (1 Peter 1:16)? Such a call is intimidating and can lead the believer to a great degree of frustration. Chapell writes to alleviate the frustration and intimidation by leading the reader to the grace that enables victory in the realm of practical holiness. This book is not a book of deep theology meant for the elite, but the reader should plan ...more
Adam Ross
Feb 04, 2010 rated it liked it
A decent introduction to the idea of sanctification by grace alone, through the Holy Spirit alone. Everybody needs a good reminding that we are sanctified not by our efforts, not by spanking our children, home or Christian schooling them, through any sort of attainment to theological knowledge, not by daily family worship, but purely by the grace of God through the Spirit. It wasn't exactly new ground for me, but lots of good here, despite my disagreement with his usage of a lot of passages (he ...more
James
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Chappell is obviously passionate about helping people pursue Christ and holiness. However, this book is dry. And a little tedious.
So if you want splendid content, and you're not concern about style, it's for you.
David
May 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual-growth
God loves to lift your head from an earthly perspective of weaknesses and stumbling to the vista of heaven where His love for you does not waver and His love quickens your steps, enlarges your heart, and lifts your hands to do His work.

The one word for this change in perspective from our load to His love is grace. And it is responsible for everything done well in the name of Christ. It is a many faceted word. In fact, Dr. Chapell will show you how God’s grace enables you to stop doing things in
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David
May 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
I'm really surprised this book isn't more widely read. This is an excellent book on the nature of sanctification by faith and not by the combination of faith and works that is so commonly taught today, probably the best and most complete book I've read so far (though I haven't read that many?).

Bryan Chapell is no theological lightweight, as he is both the president and a professor at Covenant Theological Seminary, so as one might expect, many of his chapters are based off an exposition of a bibl
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Meredith
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book on the recommendation of my pastor. I have always been taught a Christianity based on works righteousness with little to no grace. Tim Keller's book Prodigal God started me on the journey, this book has finished it. Finally I grasp that NOTHING I do merits any favor with God. I obey him out of love and gratitude, not out of hope that I will gain His blessings or earn His favor or fear of punishment. I desperately need Jesus, no matter how moral I live and especially because I li ...more
Robert Murphy
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, kindle
A. T. Ross rated it ***/5 (and wrote)

A decent introduction to the idea of sanctification by grace alone, through the Holy Spirit alone. Everybody needs a good reminding that we are sanctified not by our efforts, not by spanking our children, home or Christian schooling them, through any sort of attainment to theological knowledge, not by daily family worship, but purely by the grace of God through the Spirit. It wasn't exactly new ground for me, but lots of good here, despite my disagreement wit
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Darby Hughes
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Good coverage of the doctrine of sanctification, especially dealing with the prevalent abuses on the opposing sides of legalism and license. Deals well with explaining that growth in holiness requires God's grace and our effort. It seems that Chapell is partly dealing with a current controversy/imbalance that would emphasize grace to the point of making human effort unnecessary or marginal as it contributes to our sanctification.

I found his theology sound and his explanation thorough, but it de
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Jason Kanz
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bryan Chapell has written a book that I think all Christians should read. I think Protestant believers embrace the doctrine of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, yet we also recognize that God's word calls us to holy living. Chapell shows how grace is the ground of our justification, but is also the ground for our sanctification. He appropriately draws distinctions between license and legalism. His work, in many ways, reminds me of the writing of Jerry Bridges, whom I ...more
Hank Pharis
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This is as good of a presentation of the nature/theology of the Christian life as any I have read.

"Our works in themselves earn us no merit with God, then the only reason to do those works is love for him. Thus we learn to serve God not for personal gain but for his glory - not for love of self but for love of the Savior.
... there is no more powerful force to motivate the human heart than love. Fear is not more powerful. Guilt is not more powerful. There is nothing more powerful than love. ..
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Bryan Chapell is the president of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, the denominational seminary of the Presbyterian Church in America. He began teaching at Covenant in 1984 after ten years in pastoral ministry. Chapell has a BSJ from Northwestern University, an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a PhD in speech communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondal ...more
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