On each of our Western Europe backpacking trips I choose a book for all of us to read and discuss while in Europe. This past trip, we all read “The Practice of Godliness” by Jerry Bridges. It’s a great book and has a helpful study guide with thought provoking questions.
The key verse is I Timothy 4:8, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
We, as Christians are to “pursue godliness” – “… pursue indicates unrelenting, persevering effort.” P.12
Godliness is defined by Bridges as: “conveying the idea of a personal attitude toward God that results in actions that are pleasing to God. This personal attitude toward God is what we call devotion to God. But it is always devotion in action.” P. 13
“Devotion is not an activity, it is an attitude toward God.” According to Bridges, this attitude is made up of 3 essential elements: 1. the fear of God 2. the love of God 3. the desire for God.
Our backpacking trip is designed intentionally to “force” us to develop and cultivate those essential elements.
Thank You for your investment in changing lives. We are working to do this in many ways.
A few thoughts from Sandy as he is out of WiFi range up in the Alps of Switzerland on his 75th trip. On each of our backpacking trips I select a book for everyone to Read more…