Renovation of the Heart
Putting on the Character of Christ
on the character of Christ through the transformation of
aren't born again to stay the way we are. But how many times
have we looked around us in dismay at the lack of spiritual
maturity in fellow believers?
It is evident in the rising rate of divorces among
Christian couples. We find it in the high percentages of
Christians, even pastors, who regularly view pornography.
And we face it each time a well-known leader in the Christian
community is found in sexual sin or handling finances dishonestly.
Perhaps you have struggled with your own character issues
for years, even decades, to little avail.
good news. You CAN experience significant growth in your
Christian walk, shed sinful habits, and take on the character
of Christ. In Renovation
of the Heart, Dallas Willard calls it "the transformation
of the spirit"a divine process that "brings
every element in our being, working from inside out, into
harmony with the will of God".
As we become apprentices of Jesus our spirits are
just what is this transformation?
Dr. Willard explains that its ideal end is when "all
of the essential parts of the human self are effectively
organized around God, as they are restored and sustained
by him. Spiritual transformation in Christ is the process
leading to that ideal end, and its result is love of God
with all of the heart, soul, mind, and strength, and of
the neighbor as oneself."
you may acknowledge this as the ideal, you may still wonder:
"How do I get there"?
of the Heart is a realistic guide to discipleship and
the real challenges of Christian formation that helps to
answer that inquiry. It lays a foundation for understanding
the ruin and restoration of humanity, by discussing human
nature and its components, how they operate, and how they
are renewed. It describes common misunderstandings about
our human nature, and the discipleship process. Most importantly,
it outlines the general pattern of personal transformationnot
as a formula, but as a systematic process that we have the
responsibility to undertake as intentional apprentices of
Jesus. Only then will our transformation be accomplished,
through interaction with the grace of God in Christ, the
presence of the Holy Spirit, and spiritual treasures stored
in the body of Christ.
272 pages, hardcover from NavPress.
of the Heart in Daily Practice:
Experiments in Spiritual Transformation
Johnson presents us with 61 devotional readings
which guide us in applying the teachings of
Renovation of the Heart in our daily
living. Think of this as a lab manual to help with
the most important renovation project we'll ever get
to work onour hearts. Jan's creative ideas and
daily experiments will help move us all further along
the path to becoming like Christ. See Jan's website
for more information and to order
a copy, or you can find it at your local Christian
bookstore or on ChristianBook.com.
Interactive Student Edition of Renovation of
the Heart, by pastor and author Randy
Frazee, is available in bookstores and at ChristianBook.com.
Ideally formatted for High School and College ages,
this interactive book provides opportunities for students
to discuss ways to put on the character of Christ
and live as He would live in their place. [Contents]
of the Heart DVD Curriculum of
the Student Edition is also available, with lesson
outlines and worksheets for six weeks of group discussion.
Chapter 1: Introducing
Chapter 1: The "Beyond Within"
and the Way of Jesus
Chapter 2: The Heart in the System of Human Life
Chapter 3: The Radical Evil in the Ruined Soul
Chapter 4: Radical
Goodness Restored to the Soul
Chapter 5: Spiritual Change: The Reliable Pattern
Chapter 6: Transforming
the Mind: The Thought Life
Chapter 7: Transforming the Mind: Sensation and Emotion
Chapter 8: Transforming Will and Character (the "Heart")
Chapter 9: Transforming the Body
Chapter 10: Transforming the Social Context
Chapter 11: Transforming the Soul
Chapter 12: The Children of Light and the Light of the
Chapter 13: Spiritual Formation in the Local Congregation
for a chapter by chapter summary.
Learn about the Renovation
of the Heart video curriculum, and see part of it
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