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Surviving the TrenchesKilling Sin Before Sin Kills You

Surviving the Trenches

Killing Sin Before Sin Kills You

Joe Barnard
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Christian men today are unprepared for the reality and scope of spiritual warfare they face. Some go about their lives naively ignoring the power that spiritual forces like sin and Satan have in their lives. Joe Barnard has written a book to help men not only wake up to the existence of sin in their lives, but, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to tackle it head on.


This may seem like a daunting task. Although few would admit it publicly, privately many share the deep anxiety that the resources of the gospel are inadequate to deal with – not the guilt of sin – but the power of sin. Sin may look like an insurmountable problem when measured by the stature of a fallen man, but to God, sin is no more than a weed planted in sand.


This book is for men who are willing to fight and it will arm them for the task at hand.

Chapter headings

  • Orientation
  • The Rules of War
  • The Fight Against Deception
  • How to Kill Entrenched Passions
  • Four Sins That Are Killing Modern Men

Joe Barnard

About Joe Barnard

Joe Barnard is the pastor of Holyrood Evangelical Church in Edinburgh and the executive director of Cross Training Ministries, a discipleship ministry focused on training men in spiritual fitness. He is also the author of ‘The Way Forward: a Road Map of Spiritual Growth for Men in the 21st Century’. Joe is married to Anna. They have four children.


  • Author: Joe Barnard
  • Release Date: March 2022
  • Pages: 136
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781527108578
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Christian Life > Spiritual Growth


… appeals to the consciences of Christian men, offering them a sound biblical theology of sin as well as practical strategies for fighting it. The author targets four specific sins: pride, lust, vanity, and sloth. He exposes their deadliness, but also proclaims the hope every Christian man has in his all sufficient Saviour.

Charles M. Wingard, Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Dean of Students, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi

… practical, clear, and deliberate. Mortifying sin is not a popular topic today, however, it is as important as ever. Without understanding and applying the principles contained in Matthew 5:27–30, the Christian will not make much progress in their pursuit of spiritual growth.

Abel Schafer , Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock, Arkansas
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