Men’s Leadership

Men’s Leadership

Devoted to God: Chapter 3

In this chapter, Sinclair Ferguson introduces us to the theme of union and communion with Christ, which he calls “the heart of sanctification, the soul of devotion, and the strength of holiness” (p. 55). He does this by turning our attention to a single verse of Scripture, but one that is a mountaintop of the New Testament: I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I…

Devoted to God: Chapter 2

“The gospel turns the duty of doing and experiencing God’s will into a delight.” These are the final words of this chapter of Sinclair Ferguson’s excellent book on sanctification, Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification. What do you think about that statement? Does it surprise you to find the phrase “duty of doing” in the same sentence as the words “gospel” and “delight”? The purpose of this book is to set before us the pattern of the Scriptures as the mold by…

Devoted to God: Chapter 1

The first chapter of Devoted to God is called “The Ground-Plan.” It is here that Sinclair Ferguson sets out the blueprint of the book. He begins by challenging our assumptions about holiness. Perhaps we think we know what holiness is. We might think of holiness as either a set of actions we perform, or things we choose to refrain or abstain from. If this is our view of holiness, we are actually defining holiness in reference to ourselves and what we do…

Devoted to God: Introduction

One of the required reading assignments for our Men’s Leadership Class is Sinclair Ferguson’s book on sanctification called, Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification, published by Banner of Truth. I chose this book because of its stated goal: “to provide a manual of biblical teaching on holiness developed on the basis of extended expositions of foundational passages in the  New Testament.” The key to growing in sanctification is growing in the knowledge of God, by means of His Word and Spirit.…