Here is a practical booklet for anyone who wants to become a more godly person. In it Jay Adams shows clearly that, while there is no such thing as instant godliness, genuine and lasting holiness is indeed possible. Beginning with Paul's instruction in 1 Timothy 4:7, "You must discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness," Adams explains how godly living can become second nature for the person who truly desires to be Christlike.
About the Author
Jay E. Adams is best known for his many books on counseling and frequent appearances at conferences on Christian living and counseling issues. He served for many years on the faculties of Westminster Theological Seminary and Westminster Seminary in California. He founded the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) in Glenside, Pennsylvania. He is also Dean of the Institute for Nouthetic Studies and is known for his many books on counseling and his frequent appearances at conferences on Christian living and counseling issues. He served for many years on the faculties of Westminster Theological Seminary and Westminster Seminary in California, and he founded the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.
This is an excellent little book. Good books don't have to be long. Christians often don't like this message but it's totally biblical. People like to call Jay Adams a "behaviorist" in order to be able to escape the biblical challenges he puts in front of us. Christ taught us not only salvation but resulting from this salvation love and virtue. Does this mean that Christ was a moralist? Certainly not! Jay Adams reminds us that once a person is saved sanctification is a necessary part of the Christian life. Does this make him a behaviorist? Not at all! II Timothy 3:16 talks about the "(constant and disciplined) training in righteousness". Christians often mix up justification with sanctification. Sanctification is hard work - work that we can only do by God's grace and because what Christ has done for us on the cross but still - it is hard work. We won't progress in sanctification by sitting back and praying. Yes, we need to pray and we need to STAND UP and live a disciplined Christian live that honors God - not in order to get saved but out of gratitude for what He has ALREADY DONE for us in Jesus Christ!