Tim Chester’s “You Can Change” is a book I will now go out and buy on the basis of this review. This is what I was driving at earlier, I need to hear and know the gospel for myself so I can live and change, and then I need to hear and know it so I can teach it.
He shows that, just as our Christian lives started with faith and repentance, through coming to Christ crucified, so it is as they carry on. Becoming more holy is not a work we achieve, but a result of grace.
I’ve begun studying Colossians recently, and it struck me that right at the heart of the letter is the same message:
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7, NIV.)