In 21 chapters Jerry Bridges writes about a number of sins which the Western church has, for some odd reason, decided that it’s OK with.
Particularly focused on 1 Peter 5:5, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble”, Bridges speaks of issues such as pride, selfishness, ungodliness, unthankfulness, anger, self-control (or lack thereof), impatience, envy, jealousy, sins of the tongue and many others.
Founded upon the doctrines of cross of Christ and God’s sovereignty, Bridges calls his readers to take a long, hard, look at themselves. He highlights the work of the Spirit in the hearts of each believer and seeks to convict his readers about those sins he comments on.
I found this a really good and thought-provoking book.
Bridges challenges each individual to be humble before the Almighty and recognise that there are sins, sins which we ‘take for granted’, that need to be confessed and repented of. At times you might debate whether or not everything he mentions are actually sins, he writes in a humble and good-natured way that urges godliness. I found it a book that slaps you around the head a bit, but in a good way.
It’s not a long book, finishing up at page 181. It would be a good book for small group discussion, or a preaching series. I’d encourage anyone wanting to flee from sin or grow in godliness to pick this book up…and read it.
Jerry Bridges, Respectable Sins: Confronting The Sins We Tolerate (181 pages, USA: Navpress), 2007.