Written by Theologian Sinclair Ferguson, the Second Book in the Growing Gospel Integrity Series Explores the Christian’s Call to Christlikeness
While Jesus offers forgiveness for believers who sin, Scripture makes it clear that Christians are to pursue obedience and holiness. So what does it mean to walk in a manner that’s “worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Phil. 1:27), and how should that look in the life of a Christ follower?
In this short, accessible guide, theologian Sinclair Ferguson explains the importance of living worthy of the gospel, why the principle is often forgotten, and how it’s cultivated. Clarifying the difference between biblical obedience and legalism, Ferguson exhorts believers to pursue Christlikeness, offering practical examples from Scripture. The second book of the Growing Gospel Integrity series, Worthy helps Christians, students, pastors, and those preparing for ministry to live as citizens of heaven rather than citizens of the world.
- Written by Theologian Sinclair Ferguson: Explains how humility, God’s providence, and even suffering cultivate righteousness
- Practical Study: Encourages Christians to intentionally pursue holiness and find satisfaction in the presence and love of Christ
- Great for Pastors, Students, and Laypeople: Defines the grammar and language of the Bible and explores the difference between obedience and legalism
- Part of the Growing Gospel Integrity Series
Chapter 1: Be Worthy: A Forgotten Calling?
Chapter 2: To Be Worthy: Some Basic Grammar
Chapter 3: Being Made Worthy: God’s Instruments to Change Us
Chapter 4: A Worthy Mindset: What It Looks Like
Chapter 5: A Life Worthy: How It Came About—and Comes About
“God delights to turn things upside down. Most think a ‘worthy’ person must be someone great. Sinclair Ferguson shows that the people ‘worthy of the gospel’ are those humbled by their sins, transformed by Christ’s cross, and obsessed with knowing the Lord. Nothing less is fitting for the gospel. Highly recommended!”
Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“Like conjoined twins, legalism and antinomianism share the same heart. Curved in on itself, it recoils at being justified by an alien righteousness and being sanctified by conformity to someone else’s identity. Sinclair Ferguson’s long ministry of proclaiming God’s word has always struck at both forms of heart disease. Laced with pastoral warmth, striking illustrations, and dry Scottish humor, Worthy sets the table richly for a feast that will nourish the hearts of believers and invite strangers to pull up a chair.”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
“For years, Sinclair Ferguson has helped me toward having an experiential grasp of my union with Christ. His sermons and books have been friends along the way, leading toward spiritual maturity and a life with God. Because Worthy is a short book, I assumed it would be a summary of ideas I’ve read or heard from Ferguson elsewhere. Instead, each chapter felt full of fresh insights and pastoral wisdom. As I was finishing this book, I kept telling others how excited I am for my congregants and even my teenage children to read it.”
John Starke, Lead Pastor, Apostles Church, New York City; author, The Possibility of Prayer
“This little book wonderfully draws much-needed attention to one of the more overlooked and ignored characteristics of the Christian life, one that we desperately need to recover in the church today.”
Burk Parsons, Senior Pastor, Saint Andrew’s Chapel, Sanford, Florida; Editor, Tabletalk
About the Author
Sinclair B. Ferguson (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and the former senior minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the author of several books, including By Grace Alone and Lessons from the Upper Room. Sinclair and his wife, Dorothy, have four grown children.