Item description for Set Apart: Calling a Worldly Church to a Godly Life by R. Kent Hughes...
Overview Hughes builds a case for urging godliness in the church--a case that echoes the biblical call to holiness.
"The church must be distinct from the world to reach the world." - From Chapter 1
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's] own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9, ESV).
Holy and dedicated to declaring the excellencies of God-this is the church, or is it? Can we really call the church holy? A minority of those who claim to be born again say they believe in moral absolutes (Source: Barna Research). One third of evangelicals between the ages of 18 and 35 have no problem with unmarried men and women living together (Source: Evangelical Alliance).
Evangelical Christianity is becoming increasingly worldly. Materialism, hedonism, violence, sexual misconduct, pluralism, and divorce are becoming as common within the church as without. As a result the church is losing its distinct identity as a people set apart to reach the world.
In this book, R. Kent Hughes builds a case for godliness in the church-a case that echoes the biblical call to holiness. The church can reach the world only if it keeps itself from being ensnared by the world. Hughes is not simply urging Christians to say no to worldliness-he is calling the church to say yes to Christ and to his call to reach our lost world.
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date Apr 16, 2003
Publisher GOOD NEWS PUBLISHING #65
ISBN 1581344910 ISBN13 9781581344912
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More About R. Kent Hughes
Dr. Hughes's fourty-one years of ministry divides evenly into ten years as a youth pastor, five years as a church planter, and twenty years as senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL.
He earned his BA from Whittier College (history), an MDiv from Talbot Seminary and a DMin from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
He is the author of more than twenty-five books, among which are Disciplines of a Godly Man and Liberating Ministry From the Success Syndrome. He is in the midst of a life-long project of completing the Preaching the Word commentary series of the entire New Testament, and is the editor of the Old Testament for the same series.
The Hughes are the parents of four children and twenty-one grandchildren.
R. Kent Hughes currently resides in the state of Illinois. R. Kent Hughes was born in 1942.
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Must read for every Christian Nov 11, 2008
Hughes nails it. Modern Christianity has allowed the world to influence them rather than Christians influencing the world. Great insight into the subtle (and not so subtle) ways the enemy is causing the Christian to become ineffective for His cause.
Holy Discomfort Oct 24, 2008
R. Kent Hughes has done evangelicals a service by writing a book that needed to be written. Crossway has done us a service by having the guts to publish it. Set Apart: Calling a Worldly Church to a Godly Life is a no-holds-barred call for evangelicals to reclaim the biblical understanding of radical life transformation.
Hughes tackles eleven hot-button issues in American society, problems that plague the evangelical community as much (and sometimes more) than society at large. It would have been easy for Hughes to concentrate only on the negative - how materialistic, hedonistic, immodest, and violent we are. He could have chosen only to berate Christians for living just like the world, but he most assuredly does not do this. Instead, Hughes tearfully pleads for Christians to embrace a godly life and offers many good suggestions that can help us begin.
Every Christian who reads this book will feel their toes stepped on. Hughes' list of sins/problems is so varied (from keeping the Lord's Day holy to delighting in TV violence) that the reader can't escape his diagnosis. The book is deeply convicting, due mostly to Hughes' tone. Instead of adopting the tone of a fundamentalist preacher who seems to preach against certain activities for the fun of it, Hughes writes in a way that conveys his profound concern for the Christian witness in today's world. And rather than stopping with the diagnosis, Hughes hopes to drive us to repentance and then to the embrace of a different life, one that is truly countercultural and set apart from the world.
Set Apart will make you uncomfortable. But it is the kind of discomfort that comes from the Holy Spirit's conviction.
A Wake-Up Call Dec 12, 2007
This book has been a rich blessing by means of conviction and more conviction. The church I pastor is using this book in the adult Bible study Sunday School class and I've had more discussion about the topic of this book than at any other time I can remember. People who thought they had all of their t's crossed and i's dotted in their daily lives personally and with their families are waking up to realize that a great deal of the world has affected their thinking and practical living. Dr. Hughes does a great job in presenting the material. It's full of Scripture. The chapters were originally preached to the congregation where he is pastor. He is by no means a legalist in his presentation, but he is no teacher of "live how you want to because God understands" either. Holiness is needed in our church families today. This book will go a long way, by God's grace, to vaccinate against worldliness in the church. This is a must read for all Christians.