Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what holiness is, and how to reflect the holiness of God through Christ in a sinful world.

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holiness1This month at Servants of Grace, we’ve been considering the topic of holiness. We live in a time where many teach that Christians are only to be passive in their Christian life. As Donald Whitney recently said, “Rest in grace; strive for holiness.” This reflects the twin truths of sanctification. On one hand, Christians are to depend on the finished work of Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and rest in those gospel truths. On the other hand, as a result of resting in Christ, Christians are fueled by the grace of God to press on — and press in — towards Christ. In other words, the indicative (what Christ has done in His death, burial, and resurrection) informs or fuels the Christian’s obedience. Through the gracious work of the Holy Spirit, Christians are united to Christ, convicted of sin, and empowered to live out gospel commands.

The following list of books reflects, in my view, the best teaching on holiness in the Christian life. Some are newer and some are older. This list is provided in no particular order. I trust that you will enjoy them much as I have.

  • The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul. Buy the book at Amazon.
  • The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. Buy the book at Amazon.
  • The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges. Buy the book at Amazon or WTS Books.
  • Spiritual Disciplines and the Christian Life by Donald Whitney. Buy the book at Amazon or WTS Books.
  • Tempted and Tried by Russell Moore. Buy the book at Amazon or at WTS Books.
  • The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung. Buy the book at Amazon or at WTS Books.
  • Holiness by J.C. Ryle. Buy the book at Amazon or at WTS Books.
  • Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen. Buy the book at Amazon or WTS Books.
  • Be Holy by Jason Garwood. Buy the book at Amazon.
  • Rediscovering Holiness: Know the Fullness of Life with God by J.I. Packer. Buy the book at Amazon or WTS Books.
  • Act the Miracle by Dr. Piper. Get the book at Amazon.
  • Gospel Mystery of Sanctification by Walter Marshall. Buy the book at Amazon or WTS Books.
  • Christ Formed In You: The Power of the Gospel For Personal Change by Brian Hedges. Buy the book at Amazon or from WTS Books.
  • Licensed To Kill: A Field Manual for Mortifying Sin by Brian Hedges. Buy the book at Amazon or from WTS Books.
  • Active Spirituality: Grace and Effort in the Christian Life by Brian Hedges. Buy the book at Amazon.
  • Holiness by Grace: Delighting in the Joy That Is Our Strength by Bryan Chapel. Buy the book at Amazon or from WTS Books.