The Hole in Our Holiness
Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness
It isn’t that we don’t care about holiness. But maybe, at the very least, we don’t understand it. We don’t know how it works. Maybe the pursuit of holiness seems legalistic. Or maybe it feels like one more thing to worry about in your already overwhelming life. Maybe the emphasis on effort in the Christian life appears unspiritual. Or maybe you’ve been trying really hard to be holy and it’s just not working! Whatever the case, the problem is clear: too few Christians look like Christ and too many don’t seem all that concerned about it.
This is a book for those of us who are ready to take holiness seriously, ready to be more like Jesus, ready to live in light of the grace that produces godliness. This is a book about God’s power to help us grow in personal holiness and to enjoy the process of transformation.
“This book is vintage DeYoung—ruthlessly biblical.”
– – John Piper, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis
“My heart resonated deeply when I first heard Kevin speak on this subject. His message is a wake-up call to God’s people—timely, prophetic, and desperately needed in our day. As a gifted theologian and thinker, Kevin tackles many of the biblical intricacies and nuances of true holiness. As a pastor, he evidences sincere compassion and concern for the condition of the flock. Kevin is a fellow pilgrim who gets to the heart of ways of thinking and living that keep us from reflecting our holy God in this dark world. As a servant and lover of Christ, he holds out a vision of the beauty and power of personal holiness.” — Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author, Biblical Womanhood in the Home and radio host of the Revive Our Hearts program.
- Mind the Gap
- The Reason for Redemption
- Piety’s Pattern
- The Impetus for the Imperatives
- The Pleasure of God and the Possibility of Godliness
- Spirit-powered, Gospel-driven, Faith-fueled Effort
- Be Who You Are
- Saints and Sexual Immorality
- Abide and Obey
- That All May See Your Progress
- Study Questions
About the Author
Kevin DeYoung (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He serves as a council member at the Gospel Coalition and blogs at DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed. He is assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte) and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. Kevin is author of several books, including Just Do Something; Crazy Busy; and The Biggest Story. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children.