Called to Be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity

Called to Be Saints An Invitation to Christian Maturity 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 beginnin

  • Title: Called to Be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity
  • Author: Gordon T. Smith
  • ISBN: 9780830840304
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 offerEvangelicals 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.

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    1. This book might change your thinking about "sainthood". Sometimes, we conceive saints as these unworldly, serious, ascetic, and somewhat odd creatures. Gordon Smith would propose instead that being a saint is something to which all of us are called and what this means is growth into Christian maturity--a kind of perfection of holiness that isn't perfectionism but rather a kind of completeness or wholeness of life. This is especially important for many evangelicals, who may excel at seeing people [...]

    2. IVP Acadamic has been a faithful publisher, continuing to promote materials that teach the full breadth of our Gospel hope and promote a reformation of evangelicalism for the past century. Gordon Smith's recent volume on Christian maturity certainly does not disappoint in continuing that tradition. Smith wrote Call To Be Saints to address a concern he found in evangelicalism; a deficient view of sanctification. It does not require a convincing argument for anyone familiar with evangelicalism to [...]

    3. Called to Be Saints" is a simply wonderful book that explores what it is that makes for Christian maturity. The author identifies four specific aspects of a mature Christian life; to be a wise person, to do good works, to love others and to know the joy of friendship with God. This book is refreshing, clear and generous in spirit. It was a delight to read. The book is capped off with two appendices that address what the author believes are the two institutions that most share the potential for l [...]

    4. Gordon Smith's Called to be Saints is a theological inquiry into what it means to be a mature Christian. It is not a theology of the means of holiness and sanctification but an examination of what they might look like in the believer and in the Christian community. Smith defines maturity "in Christ" and then examines four facets of that maturity: wisdom, good work (vocational holiness), love, and joy. The second chapter, on Union with Christ, is the central argument of the book. "I will stress t [...]

    5. I have long been interested in spiritual theology. Gordon Smith has provided a overview of a theology of the Christian life that I find compelling. The book is written in accessible language and is a valuable contribution, especially for pastors. Highly recommend to those interested in developing a vision for spiritual formation in their congregation.

    6. A logical follow-up to Smith's other excellent work "Transforming Conversion" this book answers the question: what are the contours of Christian Maturity and how should we think as a result about the process of ongoing discipleship. Excellent.

    7. Called to Be Saints is one of the most encouraging books I've read in years. Smith is clear and pastoral. His understanding of both Scripture and the human soul make for a compelling call to holiness. Great read.

    8. Really, really enjoyed this. I read this book as "research" but personally enjoyed it on a number of levels. Union with Christ vs moral perfection as the aim of maturity is a fantastic insight. The chapter on joy was a delight!

    9. Smith's look at what a mature Christian will look like is deeply theological, incredibly applicable and filled with wisdom.

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