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

By Bryan Chapell

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

By Bryan Chapell

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"Be Holy, because I am holy." –1 Peter 1:16

How can God expect us to be as holy as he is? Isn't it unrealistic, given that he is infinitely pure and we are clearly imperfect? Such a standard seems either to ignore our frailty or to impose certain failure–until we understand how God views us. Then we are reminded that, thanks to what Christ accomplished on our behalf, our perfection is not the requirement for entering his kingdom. Yet that very grace still calls us to live righteously–for the sake of our well-being, yes, but most of all, because it glorifies God.

In this challenging yet heartwarming work, Bryan Chapell illustrates the principles of grace, the practices of faith, and the motives of love in living a life of holiness. You will journey through reassuring Scripture passages that show good works and obedience to be, not a means of establishing or maintaining salvation, but a grateful response to God's mercy. And in Bryan Chapell's encouraging words–drawn straight from the heart of God–you will understand that your holiness is not so much a matter of what you achieve as it is the grace that God provides. A grace so rich as to make the pursuit of his holiness your soul's deepest delight.


Author:

Bryan Chapell

Bryan Chapell is the author of several books, including Christ-centered Preaching and Holiness by Grace. He is pastor emeritus of the historic Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois, and president emeritus of Covenant Theological Seminary, and currently serves as president of Unlimited Grace Media, which broadcasts daily in many nations. He currently leads the administrative committee of the Presbyterian Church in America. 

Product Details

Category: Christian Living
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 288
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 13.7 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-58134-465-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-58134-465-3
ISBN-UPC: 9781581344653
Case Quantity: 10
Published: January 31, 2002

Endorsements

“The historic Protestant doctrine is that we are not only justified by faith rather than our works, but we are also sanctified by faith rather than our works. Yet, though we give this teaching lip service, very few ministers and Christians know how grace-based sanctification really works. Bryan Chapell has produced a popular, practical, yet theologically sensitive book on this very issue—how God’s gracious acceptance is the dynamic and guide for growth into holy character. This is a great book—an extremely timely book.”
Timothy Keller, Founding Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City; Chairman and Cofounder, Redeemer City to City

“With the skill of a surgeon and the joy of a child, Bryan Chapell invites us to walk in a garden of grace. Thanks to publisher and author for this fine work.”
Max Lucado, author, You Are Special; Minister of Preaching, Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, Texas

“Grace. We have an entire vocabulary of adjectives to describe it when we sing about it. And yet—if the truth be told—we Christians either have a stubborn tendency to refuse really to believe it, or we stumble over its implications. In Holiness by Grace Bryan Chapell comes to help us.”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“In this study book, a wise man shows how the grace of God in Christ, and the holy joy of Christian living, go beyond what many think. Would you appreciate a fully biblical and Reformed demonstration of how the love-words and love-works of our triune God transform life? Then you should read and digest Holiness by Grace.”
J. I. Packer, Late Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College

“What a great book! What a necessary book! What a life-changing book! A lack of God’s clear desire for holiness in His people doesn’t come from making the gospel too good . . . it comes from not making it good enough. This is the book for which I have long prayed, and I enthusiastically commend it to you. If you miss it, you’ll be sorry.”
Steve Brown, Host, Key Life radio program; author, Three Free Sins: God Isn't Mad At You 

“It should not be thought of as extraordinary that a book on the subject of holiness puts its focus on the word 'delight.' The very crowning of God’s creation was the placing of his holy creatures, Adam and Eve, in the garden named Eden, which simply means 'delight.' Dr. Chapell makes it clear that the soul’s delight will be realized only by godliness in the Christian life—and that, of course, is what the gift of grace is all about. A scholarly and practical study of 'the beauty of holiness.”
The Late D. James Kennedy, Former Senior Minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

Holiness by Grace addresses the tension between human responsibility and divine provision in the process of our sanctification. Dr. Bryan Chapell guides us through these tensions by assuring us again and again of God’s mercy and grace that not only secures our ways to him, but also provides our daily motivation and enablement to serve him. The questions at the end are designed to delve more deeply into these truths leading us in our service to God with the acknowledgment that God must provide what we need to please him. We can never hear enough about God’s grace. This book is a fresh reminder.”
Rose Marie Miller, missionary; author, From Fear to Freedom

“This is a delightful book, full of sane, practical theology and application. It is not the sort of book that will satisfy armchair theologians pondering exactly how the Mosaic covenant relates to the new covenant; rather, it is the sort of book that teaches Christians how to live—aiming for holiness and delighting in it, responding to grace and being thankful for it, avoiding the countless pitfalls, and learning to please God.”
D. A. Carson, Theologian-at-Large, The Gospel Coalition

“The classic Puritan pastor Richard Sibbes was called 'the heavenly Doctor Sibbes' due in part to his God-given ability to make sovereign grace clear to the spiritually sick and weak and wounded. In that same way, Dr. Chapell is a 'heavenly physical therapist' for in these pages he carefully instructs a church wounded and weak by theological error of the restorative and healing truth of Reformed sanctification. This volume helps the weary walk more holy.”
Joseph V. NovensonPastor, Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

Holiness by Grace is a biblical and doctrinal introduction to grace-based godliness—a guide for recovering Pharisees. Bryan Chapell has a special ability to teach the Bible in a way that refreshes the heart. This book will help you see yourself the way God sees you, so that you can serve him the way he wants to be served.”
Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College

Holiness by Grace is a wonderfully clear, biblically nuanced presentation of what it means to truly grow in the grace of God. Chapell is Christ-centered without allowing modern grace movements to become reactions to older legalism. The church needs this book both to correct errors and to guide people more faithfully into the proven paths of the past.”
John H. Armstrong, Director of Act 3; author, The Compromised Church

“Dr. Bryan Chapell has done a masterful job of demonstrating that a rigorous proclamation of the gospel of God’s grace is not only consistent with a call to holy living, it is the only effective way to enable Christian believers to live out that call. I was personally enriched by his careful use of Scripture as the foundation for the teaching of each chapter. I pray that his influence will give us a generation of preachers who know how to preach grace.”
Stephen E. Smallman, Assistant Pastor, New Life Presbyterian Church, Glenside, Pennsylvania; Instructor, CityNet Ministries of Philadelphia; author, Spiritual Birthline, Forty Days on the Mountain, and The Walk

“The role of God’s grace in Christian sanctification is so little understood among believers today. Bryan Chapell deftly brings the light of Scripture to bear on this troublesome question through careful exposition and compelling illustrations. I highly recommend this book.”
Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness