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Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God's Grace [Hardcover]

By Burk Parsons (Editor) & R. C. Sproul (Foreward By)
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Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.7" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.86"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   P & R PUBLISHING #97
ISBN  1596380292  
EAN  9781596380295  


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Nothing stimulates Christian service more than humble assurance of God?s saving grace. Many of us are immobilized by lingering doubts about our salvation or, worse, by a false security.

Is assurance of salvation reserved for the super-spiritual? Is it a sure sign of presumption? What are the benefits of assurance, and the dangers of an unsure faith? Separating truth from error, and viewing assurance in relation to its larger family of biblical doctrines, the contributors to this volume demonstrate its significance for grateful, productive Christian living.

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Nothing stimulates Christian service more than humble assurance of God's saving grace. Many of us are immobilized by lingering doubts about our salvation or, worse, by a false security. Is assurance of salvation reserved for the super-spiritual? Is it a sure sign of presumption? What are the benefits of assurance, and the dangers of an unsure faith? Separating truth from error, and viewing assurance in relation to its larger family of biblical doctrines, the contributors to this volume demonstrate its significance for grateful, productive Christian living.

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Assured by God
Living in the Fullness of God's Grace
By Burk Parsons

Binding: Softcover

Nothing stimulates Christian service more than humble assurance of God's saving grace. Many of us are immobilized by lingering doubts about our salvation or, worse, by a false security.

Is assurance of salvation reserved for the super-spiritual? Is it a sure sign of presumption? What are the benefits of assurance, and the dangers of an unsure faith? Separating truth from error, and viewing assurance in relation to its larger family of biblical doctrines, the contributors to this volume demonstrate its significance for grateful, productive Christian living.

Contributors and topics include:

Burk Parsons
Our Sure Foundation

Philip Graham Ryken
Assured from Beginning to End

R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Guarded through Faith

Richard D. Phillips
Assured in Christ

Sinclair B. Ferguson
Assurance Justified

Joel R. Beeke
The Fullness of Grace

John MacArthur
The Glory of True Repentance

Keith A. Mathison
God's Means of Assurance

Jerry Bridges
The Blessing of Discipline

R. C. Sproul
The Anatomy of Doubt and Assurance

Assurance of God's gracious, saving, Fatherly love to us in Christ is the hallmark of the Protestant Reformation's understanding of the Bible's teaching on salvation. Even the great Roman Catholic counter-reformer Bellarmine knew this (though he decried the Protestant view). This assurance (as the Reformers rightly understood) is vital to Christian life and witness.

Unfortunately, too many saints are lacking in it, and today there are even Reformed and evangelical preachers who are undermining it by erroneous teaching. Thankfully a band of faithful brothers have given us this book, Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God's Grace to clear the fog, present the truth, protect us from wrongheadedness, and help us on our way. True, evangelical assurance enlarges our hearts with peace and joy, fills us with love and thankfulness to God, and strengthens and motivates us to glad Gospel obedience. Read this book prayerfully, with faith in God's word, and be encouraged!

Ligon Duncan, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Author list: Jay E. Adams, Eric J. Alexander, Thabiti Anyabwile, Thomas K Ascol, Joel R. Beeke, Jerry Bridges, Sinclair B. Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, D.G. Hart, Michael Horton, Phillip R. Johnson, Steven J. Lawson, John MacArthur, Keith A. Mathison, Burk Parsons, Richard D. Phillips, Harry L. Reeder, Philip Graham Ryken, Derek W.H. Thomas.Editor bio: Rev. Burk Parsons serves as minister of congregational life at Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Fla., and is the editor of Tabletalk, the monthly Bible-study magazine of Ligonier Ministries. He holds a degree in biblical studies from Trinity College and the M.Di. from Reformed Theological Seminary. Rev. Parsons is also editor of the book Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God's Grace."

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The Reformed High View Of Salvation  Sep 22, 2007
These authors bring the assurance of our salvation to us, clothed in gracious words. They re-affirm with warmth. The soteriological aspect of faith grounded in right thinking, is first and foremost their agenda. It was enriching and thought-provoking to be reminded so generously of the provision of salvation we have in Christ. These men are the leaders in my theological views and serve an inspiring theme to those with nagging doubt.

'Pernicious doubt concerning salvation may be an indication that the believer does not truly trust the character, power and purposes of God. Therefore, a believer's insecurity - sometimes disguised as artificial humility - can be evidence of a heart that does not adequately trust in the promises of God.'
pg 56

The Westminster Confession states:
'It is an infallible assurance of faith, founded upon the divine truth of the promises of salvation, the inward evidences of those graces unto which these promises are made, the testimony of the Spirit of adoption witnessing with our spirits that we are the children of God: which Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance, whereby we are sealed to the day of redemption.' 18:2

Assured In Christ, Richard D Phillips:

'Can we find a securely established assurance of salvation? In an outstanding study of this subject, John Murray shows that this is a quest limited to those convinced of Reformed theology. The Roman Catholic is no more secure than his or her most recent visit to the priest. The situation is little better among Arminians, who deny assurance on the grounds that salvation may be lost at any time. The Arminian insistence on a general salvation rather than a particular one, effectively rules out assurance in this life. Murray writes: 'Every brand of theology that is not grounded in the particularism which is exemplified in sovereign election and effective redemption, is not hospitable to this doctrine of the assurance of faith.' This is why assurance of salvation is a field of theology and Christian experience ploughed only by the Reformed. Murray observes: 'It is no wonder that the doctrine of assurance should have found its true expression in that theology which is conditioned by the thought of the divine atonement (or effective redemption), the irreversibility of effectual calling, and the immutability of the gifts of grace.'
According to Reformed theology, the Bible does provide the believer with secure foundations for assurance of salvation.' pg 71

'Hodge writes of Christ's blood: 'It had an inherent worth which rendered it a perfect satisfaction, so that divine justice had no further demands.' pg 74

The efficacy of the atonement is sufficient to cause justification on eternal grounds. My assurance stems from divine work: that what the Father has done (predestination) and that what the Son has done (redemption). What could be more reassuring than knowing that there is nothing contingent about this salvation, nothing accidental, nothing that needs modification? It is a perfect plan. To God be the glory!
 
Assurance is Possible!  Nov 22, 2006
Many believers, if they are honest, have often questioned their own salvation. They see their sins and struggles and wonder if they are really saved or not. Editor Burk Parsons and the other contributors to Assured by God, desire to help everyday Christians find their assurance and hope in God's promises. As Parsons writes in the preface, "...many people who sit in the pews of evangelical churches throughout the world do not possess full assurance of their salvation. When trials come into their lives, many Christians find themselves doubting their salvation, doubting the imputed righteousness of Christ, doubting God's sovereignty, and doubting the grace of God instead of fleeing to their loving Father's arms. In this fallen world of despair and doubt, with minds and hearts that have been corrupted by sin, every Christian needs to understand fully the promises that the Lord God Almighty has established for us and within us." (pp. 12). Do you ever wrestle with feelings like that? This book is for you!

The authors cover a range of areas, but they all weave their chapters together to form one wonderful picture of a God who has planned out every step of our salvation, and who has "granted to us his precious and very great promises" (2 Peter 1:4) for us to trust in and believe so that we might have hope! This is an encouraging book for any believer, so that they can understand how secure their salvation is, and yet also not be presumptive - as John MacArthur writes in his chapter: "Still, self-examination is a necessary and biblical aspect of gaining assurance. It is the process by which we evaluate the quality of our own faith, and the fruit of repentance is the evidence we must seek. This is especially crucial in the contemporary evangelical environment. Multitudes believe that they are saved merely because someone told them so after a cursory conversation, the simple reciting of a canned prayer, the raising of a hand in a public meeting, or sometimes even less." (pp. 135). It is a fine balance between presumption and assurance, but this book helps you navigate that channel with clear guidance!

As I recommend books, my desire is to find works that are readable, Scriptural, and helpful. I think that this book is all of those things, and will benefit all who read it. Assurance of God's saving grace is something to be sought and desired by all who follow the Lamb - and it is possible, as R. Albert Mohler writes: "Assurance of faith is possible and is in one sense a Christian responsibility. Pernicious doubt concerning salvation may be an indication that the believer does not truly trust the character, power and purposes of God. Therefore, a believer's insecurity--sometimes disguised as artificial humility--can be evidence of a heart that does not adequately trust in the promises of God. This point must be strongly emphasized. Christians who are constantly or recurrently anxious about their salvation demonstrate inadequate faith in God's promises or deficient understanding of the gospel." (pp. 56-57).

In addition to the contributors I have already mentioned, R.C. Sproul, Jerry Bridges, Sinclair Ferguson and Philip Graham Ryken also contribute excellent and helpful chapters to this work. The book is only 178 pages, and as I mentioned earlier, is very readable. Consider reading this book to bring "tidings of comfort and joy" more securely into your heart and experience in the Christian life! You won't be sorry!

 

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