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Called to be saints : an invitation to Christian maturity

Author: Gordon T Smith
Publisher: Downers Grove, IL : IVP Academic, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Evangelicals are known for their emphasis on conversion. But what about life after conversion and beyond justification? Desperately needed is a comprehensive theology of the Christian life from beginning to end, along with the means of formation and transformation. In Called to Be Saints, Gordon Smith draws on a distinguished lifetime of reflecting on these themes to offer us a theologically rich account of our  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon T Smith
ISBN: 9780830840304 0830840303
OCLC Number: 861497076
Awards: Commended for Christianity Today Book Award (Spirituality) 2015
Description: 256 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Called to be saints : the need for a compelling theology of holiness --
Union with Christ : the essence of the Christian life --
Holy people are wise people : an invitation to sapiential holiness --
Called to do good work : an invitation to vocational holiness --
Learning to love : an invitation to social holiness --
Joy and the ordering of the affections : an invitation to emotional holiness --
Appendix A: congregations and transformation : the church and the call to spiritual maturity --
Appendix B: Christian higher education : a passion for wisdom and spiritual transformation.
Responsibility: Gordon T. Smith.

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Evangelicals are known for their emphasis on conversion. But what about life after conversion and beyond justification? Desperately needed is a comprehensive theology of the Christian life from beginning to end, along with the means of formation and transformation. In Called to Be Saints, Gordon Smith draws on a distinguished lifetime of reflecting on these themes to offer us a theologically rich account of our participation in the life of Christ. Both profound and practical, this book is a trinitarian theology of holiness that encompasses both justification and sanctification, both union with Christ and communion with God. Smith unfolds how and why Christians are called to become wise people, do good work, love others and enjoy rightly ordered affections. If holiness is the ongoing journey of becoming mature in Christ, then there is no better guide than Smith. Christians in every walk of life will find this a rich resource for learning what it means to "grow up in every way ... into Christ" (Ephesians 4:15). - Publisher.

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