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Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit

By Sam Storms, Series edited by Stephen J. Nichols, Justin Taylor

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J. I. Packer is widely recognized as a pillar of 20th-century evangelicalism and has had a profound impact on millions of Christians living today. Now in his late eighties, Packer still exerts an enormous influence on pastors and laypeople around the world through his many books, articles, and recorded lectures—works that overflow with spiritual wisdom related to the Christian life. In this soul-stirring book, well-known pastor Sam Storms explores Packer’s legacy and profound insights into prayer, Bible study, the sovereignty of God, the Christian’s fight against sin, and more, offering readers the chance to learn from a true evangelical titan.

Part of the Theologians on the Christian Life series. 

Read Chapter 1


Sam Storms

Sam Storms (PhD, University of Texas at Dallas) has spent more than four decades in ministry as a pastor, professor, and author. He is the pastor emeritus at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and was a visiting associate professor of theology at Wheaton College from 2000 to 2004. He is the founder of Enjoying God Ministries and blogs regularly at SamStorms.org.

Product Details

Category: Christian Living
History & Biography
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 224
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 11.3 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-3952-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-3952-7
ISBN-UPC: 9781433539527
Case Quantity: 48
Published: June 30, 2015

Table of Contents

  1. Packer the Person: A Puritan, Theological Exegete, and Latter-Day Catechist
  2. The Central Reference Point for Christian Living: Atonement
  3. Authority for Christian Living: The Role of the Bible
  4. The Shape of Christian Living: What Is Holiness?
  5. The Process of Christian Living: The Meaning and Means of Sanctification
  6. The Struggle of Christian Living: The Battle with Indwelling Sin (Romans 7)
  7. The Catalyst for Christian Living: The Person of the Holy Spirit
  8. Power for Christian Living: The Necessity of Prayer
  9. Guidance in Christian Living: Discerning the Will of God
  10. The Cauldron of Christian Living: The Inevitability of Suffering
  11. The Hub of Christian Living: Theocentricity
  12. The Conclusion of Christian Living: How to End Well

Appendix: Additional Exegetical and Theological Evidence for Seeing the Man of Romans 7 as a Christian


“The writings of J. I. Packer have been a great help to many believers in many ways. It is therefore most welcome that Sam Storms has synthesized insights from those writings in this helpful, accessible book. I’m sure Pastor Storms agrees that the very best thing about his book would be if it encouraged readers to dive into Packer’s works themselves.”
Mark Noll, Research Professor of History, Regent College; author, America’s Book: The Rise and Decline of a Bible Civilization, 1794–1911

“This is one of the best books on J. I. Packer I have read. It gets to the heart of this great theologian’s central concern, what Henry Scougal called ‘the life of God in the soul of man.’ For those of us who have sat at Packer’s feet for many years, this is a delightful reprise and refresher. For new Christians just getting to know Packer, fasten your seat belts!”
Timothy George, Distinguished Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

“The most noteworthy feature of this book is the author’s ability to assimilate vast quantities of data, condense it, and put it into a systematic format. This begins with a wonderful biographical chapter and then proceeds to Packer’s theology. A brief version of the systematic theology that Packer has long promised the world, this book is a triumph of scholarship.”
Leland Ryken, Emeritus Professor of English, Wheaton College