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Disciplines of a Godly Man

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Samuell 5 records David's initial assumption of power and documents that David took on additional wives and concubines from Jerusalem. A helpful challenge for me to live up the biblical commands for Christian men across the whole of life. Disciplines of a Godly man reaches out and grabs you by the shirt collar, looks directly in your eyes and tells you the Godly truth all men need to hear.

This is a Christian classic that many in my church have read through and used extensively by previous pastors before me.This book brings the authority of a trusted name with a new flavour that will engage a younger audience. Godliness and sensuality are mutually exclusive, and those in the grasp of sensuality can never rise to godliness while in its [sic] grip. Hughes definitely has an expansive heart for men in the American church and rightly assesses that the disciplines are some of the primary means by which men can actually start to develop a real spiritual fervor in their lives. Leadership is another short chapter that bring a different perspective, but something that is important for men especially. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.

As the title implies, this is a book about disciplines for men who are trying to live a 'Godly' life. This book has several uses; as a text for personal reading; for personal in depth study through to group teaching and discussions. The book is then packed with another 50 pages or so of 'resources' including the hilariously dated 'Bible on Audiocassette', which, honestly, I'm surprised made it into the updated version (the word is so old that my spell-checker is telling me I have it spelled incorrectly). The applications of the principles seemed unnecessarily wooden, so the group was able to wrestle with how to apply each discipline with wisdom. This is a great systematic approach of combatting besetting sins as well as putting on the disciplines that conform men to the image of Christ through the Holy Spirit.Discipline is a subject about which the Scriptures say much—but contemporary authors have been peculiarly silent.

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