Discipline of Grace – pt.5

A blogger/book reader working through Jerry Bridges’ Discipline of Grace.  You can read my previous posts here: Part one, two, three and four.

Bridges’ title for chapter five is, “Disciplined by Grace”.  Thoughts from my reading:

The same grace that brings us to salvation also disciplines us as believers.  Titus 2:11-12

Definition of discipline, from a spiritual perspective: Discipline includes all instruction, all reproof and correction, and all providentially directed hardships in our lives that are aimed at cultivating spiritual growth and godly character. So, what we see is that the very grace that brings salvation also trains us to live lives that are pleasing to God.  While we tend to equate discipline with rules and performance standards, God equates it with firm but loving care for our souls.

One of the key points of this chapter is to realize that all of our responses to God’s dealings with us and all our practice of our spiritual disciplines must be based on the knowledge that God is dealing with us in grace.

  • Salvation and Discipline are inseparable
    • Salvation without discipline is not possible
    • If God’s grace is not disciplining me, I need to examine myself to see if I am truly a believer
  • Grace teaches us to say “no”
    • Grace teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions
      • ungodliness – basically comprises disregarding God, ignoring Him, or not taking Him into account in one’s life.  It is a lack of fear and reverence for Him.
      • worldly passions – the inordinate desire for and preoccupation with the things of this life, such as possessions, prestige, pleasure and power
    • Grace teaches us to break free from those attitudes and actions
  • Grace teaches us to say “yes”
    • We do not only “put off” sinful attitudes and practices, but also “put on” godliness and godly character
    • Grace teaches us to say “yes” to things such as the Fruit of the Spirit
    • We also see the put off and put on principle in Ephesians 4
    • The put off / put on principles are like the two blades of a pair of scissors.  One without the other is useless in the Christian life.
  • Practical Christian Living
    • Practical Christian living is comprised of being: self-controlled, upright and godly

We cannot “shelve” the Gospel of Jesus Christ after our initial salvation.  It also is important for us in the process of sanctification.

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