John 15:1-17 Abiding In Christ, Part 2
Topic: Spirituality, Growth, Sanctification, Holiness Scripture: John 16:1–16:17
The Christian books stores are filled with ‘how-to’ books and works of methodology because we want results. The problem with that is that it tends to place God in our service and not we in His. Another serious problem with these kinds of books is that they seem to assume that our walk with Christ and our belief system is a secondary issue at best.
Christ does no such thing. He calls every believer to a abide in Him and to bear fruit in the spiritual walk. Jesus declares that not bearing fruit is, in fact, an evidence of a false faith.
Evangelical and Reformed spirituality have a rich heritage that gets little press even in the church. The church fathers, the reformers, and many who followed them have left to us a bountiful legacy of literature to guide us to a deep and fruitful walk with Christ. Books like,
- St. Augustine’s Confessions, Thomas A Kempis’ Imitation of Christ,
- John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress,
- Henry Scougal’s The Life of God in the Soul of Man, Bishop Ryle’s Holiness,
- A.W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God, William Law’s A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life,
- and more contemporary writers such as Jerry Bridges’ The Pursuit of Holiness,
- James Boice’s Christ’s Call to Discipleship, R.C. Sproul’s The Soul’s Quest for God,
- J.I. Packer’s Knowing God and recently, Michael Horton’s Ordinary is in my estimation already a classic work.
But, lest we get ahead of ourselves as well, we must look first to the Master Himself. Let’s consider more closely what Jesus teaches us here on abiding in Him and how to please God in this life.