Can Grace Really Cut It in Sanctification?

Justin Dillehay | January 30, 2017

Of the writing of “gospel-centered living” books there is no end. Or at least it seems that way. That’s not necessarily a complaint, though. As Augustine observed, “It’s useful to have several books by several authors, even on the same subjects, differing in style though not in faith, so that the matter itself may reach as many as possible.”

Besides, few questions require more continual revisiting than this: If salvation is entirely by grace, what incentive is there to stop sinning? How can something as seemingly non-threatening as grace inspire us to make war on our most beloved sins? Is grace sufficient for our sanctification? If so, how does it work?

Bryan Chapell—pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois, TGC Council member, and author of Christ-Centered Preaching—deals with those questions and more in his new book, Unlimited Grace: The Heart Chemistry that Frees from Sin and Fuels the Christian Life (Crossway). I caught up with him and asked how we’re to make sense of the law/grace debate, why Christians still sin so much, and more. 

You open with a memorable statement: “There is a chemistry of the devoted heart that is stronger than the math of the divided mind.” Could you elaborate? 

The mind is…

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