Designed To Be Like Him by J. Dwight Pentecost, Moody Press, 1972
by William B. Brewer
(Wenatchee, Washington USA )
Pentecost says in his introduction, "The truths in this book, prepared for the average reader, are gleaned from the study of the Word of God and are designed to be truths unto godliness (Titus 1:1). They are prepared for my students at the Dallas Theological Seminary and for the congregation at Grace Bible Church in Dallas...May the Lord Jesus Christ, who lives in believers be pleased to speak through these pages to bring many to a knowledge of His indwelling presence and power, so that they might ; 'war a good warfare' (1 Timothy 1:18) and 'put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness'" (Ephesians 4:24).
I have used this book often to disciple men about the basic fundamentals of the faith. I have spent the greater part of my life discipling men. Apart from Scripture alone, I have found no other book that draws men to a deeper dependence and obedience than this book. Each chapter is an exegetical study of an important passage of Scripture. It follows this outline which emphasizes the goal of sanctification- which is to make believers like Jesus.
Part I. Designed for Fellowship: The ten chapters that follow develop the understanding of the Old/New Mind; the Old/New Heart; and the Old/New Will. Four other chapters develop the biblical concepts of "God's Purpose for His Child," "What is Fellowship," What is Man," and "The Judgment of the Cross."
Part II. Designed for Conduct: The ten chapters that follow describe the true position of a believer in Christ, "Crucified with Christ, Dead with Christ, Resurrected with Christ, Filled with the Spirit, Yielding to the Spirit, Liberty in the Christian Life, Giving No Offense, A Good Conscience Before God, Do All Things to the Glory of God, How Far Can A Christian Go?, and The Goal of the Christian."
Part III. Designed For Conflict: These nine chapters deal with "The Christian and the World, The Christian and the Flesh and end with seven powerful chapters that explain the Whole Armor of God.
Part IV. Designed For Maturity: This last section has two chapters, "Coming to Maturity, and "Steps to Maturity." Pentecost synthesizes the whole plan of God which is that we represent Him being vitalized by His presence, strength and power. The emphasis is "Christ in me, the hope of glory!" (Colossians 1:27)
Pentecost, professor at Dallas and pastor of Grace Bible Church was convinced that his students and his congregation were biblically illiterate about the basics of the Christian Life and developed these lessons and sermons to provide an in-depth study of what it means to live in and walk with Jesus Christ.
Amazingly, though I have used/read this book often, I have always gleaned new insights and have left with a deeper love for and desire for God. Since the focus is on Scripture with amazing insights from a man of God, one feels as if had "breakfast daily with Jesus."