Homegoing of Navigator Author Jerry Bridges

Jerry Bridges, beloved evangelical statesman and Navigator author, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, from heart failure. He was 86. Jerry was perhaps best known as the author of the bestselling NavPress book The Pursuit of Holiness. But to those who knew him best, he was a kind, gentle soul who desired nothing more than to walk humbly with his God.

"Jerry truly ministered from the overflow of a profound walk with God," said Mutua Mahiaini, International President of The Navigators. "He made the great truths of the Bible come alive with a simplicity that is unusual and winsome. To the very last days of his life here on earth, Jerry has generously poured out his life with a passion to help people know, love and become like Jesus Christ. His authenticity caused people on the other continents where he ministered to respond warmly to his teaching ministry, and he graciously made the message understandable in many different cultures. His writing ministry is one of the best gifts that the Lord has given to the Navigators and to the wider Body of Christ."

In his autobiography, God Took Me by the Hand, Jerry said, “When I was seventeen years old, it seemed as if God took me by the hand and said, ‘Come with Me.’ And for more than sixty-five years, God has, as it were, continued to hold my hand and lead me in the path He has marked out for me.”

He went on to say, “My personal story is not important except to illustrate the providence of God. My life’s story is meant to be only a backdrop and series of illustrations of specific acts of the invisible hand of God.”

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