D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said, “The world today is looking for, and desperately needs, true Christians. I am never tired of saying that what the Church needs to do is not to organize evangelistic campaigns and attract outside people, but to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?’”
Many people who are new to the church need instruction in the most basic aspects of godly living. Even where churches are engaged heavily in discipleship, visitors and members often have gaps in their understanding and practice. One of the greatest needs of our time is for the Spirit of God to cultivate biblical godliness in us in order to put the glory of Christ on display through us, all to the glory of God the Father.
For these reasons, Joel Beeke and Ryan McGraw are coediting a series of booklets titled Cultivating Biblical Godliness. These booklets treat matters that are vital to Christian experience, and each contribution aims to address a wide variety of people and circumstances at a fundamental and introductory level. This includes teaching people what to believe in order to practice personal holiness as well as specific directions on how to cultivate biblical godliness in relation to issues that are common to God’s people.
Joesph A. Pipa Jr.
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Is Lord’s Day observance simply a quaint tradition that was nice for previous generations but really isn’t relevant for Christians today? Isn’t the Sabbath just part of the Old Testament law that New Testament believers don’t need to be concerned about? In this pamphlet, author Joseph Pipa carefully guides you through the Scriptures, answering frequently asked questions about the Lord’s Day along the way, and helps you to see that the Lord’s Day is for you—not as a burden, but as a blessing that will lead you to delight in God as you are freed from work and worldly pleasures to worship Him.
Author Joseph A. Pipa Jr. is president of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Endorsement “The keeping of a day of rest as part of our weekly routine has been God’s plan for us since the beginning. In this study, Joey Pipa gives us clear teaching on why God enshrined this plan in the fourth commandment, why it is still relevant, and how it ought to be applied. A very helpful pamphlet for twenty-first-century Christians.” — Iain D. Campbell, minister in the Free Church of Scotland, Isle of Lewis, and author of On the First Day of the Week: God, the Christian, and the Sabbath
Ryan M. McGraw
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The apostle Paul says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom” (Col. 3:16); this is only one of many Bible verses emphasizing how essential it is that Christians know God’s Word. But how do we let the word of Christ dwell in us richly? In this pamphlet filled with practical, helpful guidance, Ryan McGraw presents more than ten methods for hiding God’s word in our hearts, including reading the Scriptures, engaging in individual and family worship, praying, and memorizing the Scriptures. Be encouraged to remember and practice the Bible!
Author Ryan M. McGraw is associate professor of systematic theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Endorsement “While reading Ryan McGraw’s booklet on the Christian’s reading, remembering, and using the Bible, I was reminded of the apostle Paul’s words to his spiritual son Timothy: ‘But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned … that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus’ (2 Tim. 3:14–15). Consistent with the purpose of the series of which this booklet is a part, McGraw offers wise and practical counsel in the ways believers can profit from their reading and meditating upon the Word of God, especially in private worship.” — Cornelis P. Venema, president and professor of doctrinal studies, Mid-America Reformed Seminary, Dyer, Indiana