The Discipline of Grace offers a clear and thorough explanation of the gospel and what it means to be a believer. Written by Navigator author Jerry Bridges, this book explores how the same grace that brings us to faith in Christ also disciplines us in Christ. In learning more about grace, you also will learn about God’s character, His forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit.
I first heard about this book from Grace Kim when our life group was going through Case for Grace (hee). She read this part to us–“Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.”
Jerry Bridges talks about how the pursuit of holiness is the highest priority we are to have as Christians. While this requires discipline, we must first be anchored in the grace of God. Otherwise, we are doomed to fail as we become performance- or works-driven. Bridges goes over the different disciplines we must learn, such as the discipline of commitment, the discipline of convictions, the discipline of choices, the discipline of watching and the discipline of adversity.
One thing I really enjoyed and that was meaningful throughout the book was how Bridges uses illustrations to make a point. For example, when he talks about putting off and putting on (Ephesians 4), he uses scissors to illustrate the point (scissors, point, get it? :D) that putting off and putting on must work simultaneously, just as blades of a pair of scissors must work simultaneously to work. I thought that this was pretty neat.