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A Lost Book from J. Oswald Sanders Now Re-Released with a Beautiful New Cover "Many true lovers of the Lord are beset with a sense of inadequacy and failure in living the Christian life as it ought to be lived. … they yearn to know Christ better and serve Him more worthily. It is to such that this little volume is addressed." -J. Oswald Sanders, from the introduction J. Oswald Sanders (best known for his book Spiritual Leadership, which has sold over a million copies) touched hundreds of thousands of lives in his lifetime and continues to inspire Christians today. His books Spiritual Leadership, Spiritual Maturity, and The Incomparable Christ are beloved and well-read to this day. But there are two of his books that readers haven’t had access to in over 30 years. Cultivation of Christian Character is one of them. It’s a profound and challenging book for anyone who earnestly wants to know God more. Sanders teaches you about spiritual struggle, the healing power of Scripture, and how to fight spiritual warfare victoriously. But most of all he shows you how to give up your self-focus and take up a Christ-focus. Any Christian who wants to grow will surely be benefited by this book.
What's a Branch Supposed to Do? Becoming a Christian is not the end of the story. It is the beginning of a journey that starts at the foot of the cross and ends at the foot of the throne of God. We are involved in an ongoing experience as we grow in our relationship with Christ. As believers, our goal is to become more and more like him. Jesus taught that he is the vine and we are the branches. We receive our spiritual lifeblood from him, as the Holy Spirit works in our lives. However, our relationship is not designed to be a passive one. Branches are expected to bear fruit. This is a legitimate expectation. God is the gardener, and his job is to prune the branches in order that we become more fruitful. This process may be somewhat uncomfortable and even spiritually painful at times, but the finished product is worth the investment. Cultivating Christian Character is all about this journey. The focus is on what grows on our branches - the various facets of the fruit of the Spirit, coupled with integrity and obedience. It is about modeling our lives after the examples set before us in the word of God. And it is about allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, making the necessary changes to help us reach the goal of becoming more like Christ. I invite you to come along for the journey - it will be worth the trip.
Christlikeness in believers assists the proclamation of the gospel in demonstrating the reality of God's grace.
The Psychology of Christian Character Formation offers clergy and those preparing for ministry some of the potential riches provided by rapidly developing branches of contemporary scientific psychology of which they might otherwise be unaware. Joanna Collicutt, an experienced psychologist and theological educator, focuses on the psychology of character, virtue and spirituality. Furthermore, the psychology is not used to support training in pastoral ministry to others, but rather to support the reader’s own self-awareness and spiritual growth. Joanna Collicutt understands Christian formation as Christian communities and their members growing up into conformity with the character of Christ through the action of the Holy Spirit. This is explored in the three parts of the book: first, an exploration of the process of Christian formation that includes a detailed analysis of the character of Jesus of Nazareth; secondly some focused psychology aimed at supporting an informed self-awareness in the reader; finally – and the most lengthy section – a series of chapters devoted to using psychological insights to help cultivate the Christ-like characteristics identified in the first section.
Historians have traditionally interpreted the American land-grant higher-education movement as the result of political and economic forces. Little attention has been given, however, to any explicit or implicit theological motivations for the movement. This book tells the story of how the Christian belief of many founders of the University of Illinois motivated their educational theory and practice. Constructing a social gospel of labor's millennium (their shorthand for God's kingdom being enhanced through agricultural and mechanical education), they initially proposed that the university would impart a millenarian blessing for the larger society by providing abundant food, economic prosperity, vocational dignity, and a charitable spirit of sacred unity and public service. Rich in primary-source research, Smith's account builds a compelling case for at least one such institution's adaptation of an inherited evangelical educational tradition, transitioning into a new era of higher learning that has left its mark on university life today.
Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. All of us desire to exhibit these spiritual qualities in our lives. What does it mean to "live by the spirit"? In this study-guide you'll learn better how to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in your life and grow in Christlike character.