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the good news is good.

Today is the day!!

I’m excited to share with you that as of today, you can purchase my latest book Be Holy: Learning the Path of Sanctification!

This has been an incredible journey, and a humbling one at that. The book has been something I’ve dreamt about for a long time, and it is hard to believe that we have come this far. I pray that you find it to be challenging, both biblically and practically, as well as refreshing. Sanctification can be a tricky thing, but the call to be holy as God is holy is a serious one we must consider.

Two quick acknowledgements: I am grateful for Mathew B. Sims for not only helping get this project finished, but also writing the foreword. I am also thankful for my brother and Red Bag Media for the incredible design work. (Go check out their stuff!)

From the back cover:

Whether we admit it or not, sanctification is often misunderstood, misapplied, or ignored altogether. There is a danger in attempting to follow Jesus apart from His commands, provisions, and promises. Without a coherent, biblically informed understanding of God—His holiness, His attributes, His character—any grace driven efforts of Christian growth will be truncated at best. Now that Christ has saved us, how does that work itself out in love? What are some of the things we should know as a follower of The Way? What if I just don’t feel like growing in the Lord?

Inside Be Holy: Learning the Path of Sanctification, Jason Garwood explores the terrain of sanctification in a comprehensive and easy to understand way. It’s saturated in Scripture and rooted in the church’s history of holiness—the ups and downs of growth and change in the Christian life. And at the center of Be Holy sits the reigning King Jesus and the work of the trinitarian God in the gospel. May God stir up your affections as you behold His glory and walk the path of sanctification.

What people are saying about the book:

In Be Holy: Learning the Path of Sanctification, my friend Jason Garwood gives us a crisp and clear treatment of biblical holiness that will rock the illusion of self-righteousness. With biblical precision, Garwood gives us simple, yet profound insights. Be Holy will serve as an indispensable teaching tool for many years to come. You may just have to rethink the way you view holiness altogether. Read it, teach it, preach it…often!

Pastor Doug Logan, Jr., Lead Pastor & Founder of Epiphany Fellowship of Camden, NJ.

We are living in a time (and culture) when great confusion exists in the Church regarding how we are to grow in Christ. While many people rightly teach the biblical balance between grace and effort in the Christian life—some overemphasize grace to the neglect of effort. Understanding the difference between grace and effort is critical. This is why I’m thrilled to recommend the book, Be Holy: Learning the Path of Sanctification by Jason Garwood. Garwood understands firsthand the struggles people face because he deals with them every day in his own life and pastoral ministry. He writes to help Christians and the Church to think through the issue at hand in order to more fully understand what sanctification means. As he does this, he roots the explanation of our new identity in Christ to our growth in Christ. Christians are to live from their new identity in Christ; we are to return to the basics of who we are in Christ, remembering what He has done to transform us. Our union with Him informs our communion with Him, which makes not only repentance possible, but provides the basis for our slaying the “dragon of sin” in our lives. This excellent book follows in the tradition of the Reformers and the Puritans, and contemporary authors like John Piper and Kevin DeYoung, who understand this biblical balance. I highly recommend this book, and pray the Lord will powerfully use it in the life of His people, and for the edification of the Church, for His glory.

Dave Jenkins, Executive Director, Servants of Grace Ministries, Executive Editor, Theology for Life

Pursuing holiness will often hurt but it also helps and heals. In his book Be Holy, Jason Garwood carefully curates a thesis that practically explains why being holy may not be popular but it must be pursued. Taking the fabric of the full gospel, the book connects the theological with the practical. After reading this book, the reader will be inspired to not just hope to live a holy life but rather will be able to experience it—not because of what they do, but because of what Jesus has already done.

In Be Holy, Jason Garwood tackles sanctification, a subject that is often talked about but rarely considered in its entirety, in a fresh and accessible way. A talented writer and able theologian, Garwood makes the doctrine of sanctification relevant without sacrificing robust, biblical depth. Read this and be encouraged in your faith!

Brandon D. Smith, Editor of Make, Mature, Multiply: Becoming Fully-Formed Disciples of Jesus and Associate Editor of the Criswell Theological Review

Holiness is a challenging concept that Jason Garwood has done a great job in breaking down to help us understand it. Let’s not let the challenge of sanctification keep us from engaging in a lifelong pursuit of holy living.

Phil Whipple, Bishop of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA.

Be Holy is a timely and modern primer on the doctrine of sanctification. The book takes a clear and direct approach to the issue at hand, expressing deep truths in a concise manner. Jason issues a straightforward and provoking “call to arms” for all followers of Jesus.

Marc Herron, Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church, Caro, MI.

Where you can purchase Be Holy:

Oh, and one more thing… I’m giving away 3 FREE copies of the book! This Saturday evening the contest will be over and I will select three winners, and each will receive a copy of the book. (So be sure to check your email! Winners will also be announced on my Facebook page.)

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Thanksgiving As A Way To Fight For Joy

I enjoy Thanksgiving Day. Though admittedly I’m not a huge fan of turkey (I like the sweet potato with the caramel/nutty thing on top), I appreciate the opportunity to relax, enjoy my family, and fellowship with others. At the risk of sounding clichéd and redundant, I think we all know that we should be thankful each and every day. But instead of making this a guilt trip, I’d like to point you back to the covenant of grace. Why? Because thanksgiving–the act of the soul in giving thanks and gratitude towards God–is a way to fight for joy in your life. And i Continue reading

Misunderstood Verses: Matthew 22:21

In light of the recent events in Alaska, North Carolina (see this, too), and Houston, I thought it would be appropriate to put together yet another quick look at an often misunderstood verse. This one is no stranger to misrepresentation, so I want to be careful with it. The passage:

Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away. ()

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15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. 16 And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away. (ESV)

Men who have no sense in their own hearts and consciences of the spiritual disorder of their souls, of the secret continual actings of sin, with deceit and violence obstructing all that is good, promoting all that is evil, defiling all that is done by them through the lusting of the flesh against the spirit, as contrary to it, though no outward perpetration of sin nor actual omission of duty do ensue theron; who are not engaged in a constant watchful conflict against the first motions of sin, to whom they are not the greatest burden and sorrow in this life, causing them to cry out for deliverance from them; who can despise those who make acknowledgements in their confession to God, or their sense of these things, with the guilt wherewith they are accompanied, will with an assured confidence reject and contemn what is offered about justification through the obedience and righteousness of Christ imputed to us.

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From The Doctrine of Justification by Faith, pg. 27.

Eschatology in August: Recommended Reading

We are getting near the final week of Eschatology in August, and it has been a wild ride. :)

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