References: 1 Corinthians 9In Volume Three of Firm Foundations, Alistair Begg examines chapters seven, eight and nine of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. Paul's desire for these people is that they might be presented mature in Christ Jesus and to that end he addresses a number of very practical elements of faith: Christian contentment; what it means to have freedom in Christ; what part love plays in that freedom; God's plan for marriage; the rights and responsibilities of a Christian; how we can strive to "become all things to all men," and finally how, as Christians living at the beginning of the 21st century, we should run the race of life.
The Hole in our Holiness is that we don't seem to care much about holiness. Or, at the very least, we don't understand it. And we all have our reasons too: Maybe the pursuit of holiness seems legalistic. 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