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Becoming a Christian is only the beginning of a process of spiritual growth that involves increasing in knowledge of God, obedience to his Word and understanding of his will. Yet some Christians’ lives seem to grind slowly to a halt, while others are disappointed because their spiritual progress has not been as straightforward or as rapid as they had hoped. The growth of others is stunted by a lack of proper spiritual nourishment. Yet others feel they do not understand how to become mature Christians.
Growing in Grace explains how God helps us to develop as members of his family. Taking Jesus himself as the model for our growth, it explains some of the biblical principles of spiritual development, and gives a number of ‘case histories’ to illustrate how God works in our lives to mature us as Christians. The biblical teaching in Growing in Grace will appeal to Christians at all stages, while its straightforward explanation of the patterns of God’s work in his people makes it deal for those who are just beginning.
This is a helpful little book on the topic of spiritual growth through grace. At roughly 140 pages, it is a very accessible read and would make a great book for a Bible study or a book club.
I really enjoyed thinking about the various topics Ferguson covered in this book. The book starts with two chapters concerning the spiritual growth of Jesus. Particularly helpful is where Ferguson points out the Jesus did not have any special means of spiritual growth that aren't available to us as believers, and thus Jesus is our prime example of spiritual growth.
Later, Ferguson explores the topic of spiritual growth in the context of community, and also why it is that sometimes our growth can feel stunted. Lastly, Ferguson does three case studies for spiritual growth: Daniel, Peter, and Timothy. Each of these biblical figures have completely different temperaments and thus different paths to spiritual growth. These chapters were helpful in pointing out some of the character flaws these men had to overcome while growing in grace.
I think that Ferguson's The Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction is a better book, and if you were only going to read one of Ferguson's books I would recommend that one. "The Christian Life" is certainly more well known, for whatever that's worth. However, "Grow in Grace" is a solid book, too. As in "The Christian Life," in this book Ferguson surrounds his words with those of other well respected reformed writers, and it is comforting to see how this book fits into the reformed tradition. Enjoy!