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Pursue Godliness

A Servant’s First Priority

by Steve Hankins



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/19/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 534
ISBN : 9781664243996
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 534
ISBN : 9781664244016
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 534
ISBN : 9781664244009

About the Book

In his first letter to Timothy, the pastor of the church at Ephesus and his protégé in Christian life and ministy, the Apostle Paul exhorted him, “Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness” (1 Tim. 4-7). Just two chapters later, the Apostle returned to this idea, encouraging Timothy to flee all sin and to “pursue ... godliness” (1 Tim. 6:11).

Godliness is a recurring theme in Paul’s epistle, urged especially upon men training to become leaders of the church as pastors and evangelists. But the pursuit of godliness is also commanded of all others who hunger and thirst to follow Jesus as His disciple. Attaining godliness looms large in the New Testament as the primary outworking of the greatest command in the Word of God, spoken by Christ himself: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind”
(Matt 22:37).

In Pursue Godliness: A Servant’s First Priority, the author seeks to answer the question, “What does the Bible teach about how a Christian can make major strides forward in his growth in godliness?” Letting Scripture speak for itself through over 1,450 passages, the meaning, priorities, primary qualities, and practices for significant progress in godliness are unfolded in this comprehensive introduction to the subject. While a detailed, in-depth treatment of this Scriptural topic, it is written in clear, easy-to-understand language, not requiring a theologian’s training or vocabulary to understand. Read and grow. This is a book written for your transformation, for His glory!

About the Author

Stephen J. Hankins (PhD, Bob Jones University Seminary) is distinguished professor of New Testament and expository preaching at his alma mater.

While the son of a non-Christian father and a rebel against God’s ways, Steve came to Christ through the spiritual influence of his mother and youth pastor. Christ opened his eyes to the truth of the gospel during a spiritual revival at Camp Patmos, a Christian summer camp on Kelly’s Island, Lake Erie, USA. At Bob Jones University and Seminary since 1977, he has been preaching and teaching the Word of God and training young men and women for ministry. He has served Christ there as a professor, administrator, and dean of the Seminary. Steve has been a pastor in four churches in South Carolina and neighboring North Carolina while serving at the University. Sandy, his wife, is his lifelong partner in ministry. They have two sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren.