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Doctrines Of Grace [Paperback]

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2009
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN  1433511282  
EAN  9781433511288  

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Two noted pastors denounce casual Christianity and proclaim a recovery of the fundamental doctrines of the faith: total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and the perseverance of the saints.

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Two respected pastors make a compelling case for the need to recover the five fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith.

We live in an age of weak theology and casual Christianity. And this situation will continue as long as God's people insist on substituting intuition for truth, feeling for belief, and immediate gratification for enduring hope.

Yet if evangelicalism will again denounce this self-centered faith and place Christ and his cross at the center of its vision, the church will see great days once more. According to authors James Montgomery Boice and Philip Graham Ryken, this will happen when believers specifically return to the gospel foundation with its doctrines of radical depravity, unconditional election, particular redemption, efficacious grace, and persevering grace.

As these two noted pastors provide a compelling exposition of these essential truths, they also consider the current challenges, leaving no doubt that the church suffers when the doctrines of grace are neglected. Only in a faith that is practical-minded, kindhearted, and Bible-based will Christians recover what they have lost in this postmodern age. Now in paperback.

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More About James Montgomery Boice & Philip Graham Ryken

James Montgomery Boice James Montgomery Boice, Th.D. (July 7, 1938 – June 15, 2000) was a Reformed theologian, Bible teacher, and pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia from 1968 until his death. He is heard on The Bible Study Hour radio broadcast and was a well-known author and speaker in evangelical and Reformed circles. He also served as Chairman of the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy for over ten years and was a founding member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.

Boice received a diploma from The Stony Brook School (1956), an A.B. from Harvard University (1960), a B.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary (1963), a Th.D from the University of Basel in Switzerland (1966), and a D.D., (honorary) from the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church (1982). He died on June 15, 2000.

James Montgomery Boice lived in Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania. James Montgomery Boice was born in 1938 and died in 2000.

James Montgomery Boice has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Expositional Commentary
  2. Expositor's Bible Commentary (Paperback)
  3. Master Reference Collection

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The Clearest Exposition of Calvinism I've Ever Read  Aug 22, 2009
I've read a fair number of books by Christian authors on a wide range of topics in the areas of theology, bibliology and Christian living. Most of the books I've read I would recommend to friends, family and seekers. But every now and then I come across a book that I feel is a 'timeless' classic. The book The Doctrines of Grace: Rediscovering the Evangelical Gospel (Crossway Books, 2002) is one of those books. This book was written by the late James Montgomery Boice and Philip Graham Ryken. Mr. Boice was senior minister of the historic Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia until his death in June of 2000 and Mr. Ryken is his successor. Both Boice and Ryken are outspoken proponents of the Reformed faith.

The book is moderate in length for a non-fiction book (226 pages) and consists of nine chapters broken down into three sections with end notes, a general index and a Scripture index. The foreword of the book was written by none other than R.C. Sproul, today's preeminent Reformed theologian. The book is written in a polemical style in which Boice and Ryken present the Reformed Doctrines of Grace and the key component in rediscovering the Evangelical gospel.

The Doctrines of Grace are the classic five points of Calvinism: Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace and Perseverance of the Saints (TULIP for short). The first section of the book discusses the Doctrines of Grace in general. Chapter one sets the stage for the rest of the book by presenting the argument for Calvinism and why today's Evangelical church needs to return to its historic Protestant roots. The authors talk about today's false gospel in which many churches have become worldly. By "worldly," the authors are saying that we live in an age that is weak on doctrine and light on morality. As Boice and Ryken put it, "Our knowledge is insufficient, our worship is irreverent, and our lives are immoral" (p. 20); the modern church is losing its grip on the gospel. Their argument is that the gospel is lost because we are losing our sense of the Doctrines of Grace (i.e., Calvinism). In its place is a growing trend toward Arminian thinking (in contradistinction to Calvinism, Arminianism is the belief that God is not sovereign in salvation and that man plays a crucial role in his salvation). The authors write, "This results in a theology that is not exclusively God-centered but is distorted in the direction of the self" (p. 28).

Chapter two ("What Calvinism Does in History") presents a historical survey of how Calvinism has been applied in real world settings and the benefits -- both to the church and to society -- that have come as a result of living out Calvinism. The survey begins with Calvin's Geneva. Calvin's preaching had a tremendous influence in the city of Geneva during his time there. Next the authors turn their attention to the early Puritans whose goal in life was to glorify and enjoy God. They wanted to glorify God in everything they did, and that filtered into their daily lives, not just on Sundays. The Puritans were famous for living out the so-called Protestant work ethic; they had a high view of vocation that incorporated the secular as well as the sacred. The next segment of history was the Puritan influence in America that led to the Great Awakening of the early 18th century. Theologians such as Jonathan Edwards were very influential during this period. Edwards was a strong proponent of Total Depravity, and his preaching led to a great revival and emphasis on personal piety. The final period of history discussed is Holland during the time of Abraham Kuyper. Kuyper introduced Calvinism as an entire worldview that encompassed a "public theology to rival secular culture." Kuyper founded two newspapers, a university, a political party and a denomination. He believed strongly that the Christian worldview (as seen through Calvinistic lenses) should inform all areas of life. The authors conclude chapter two with a section called "From Calvinism to Liberalism." This section highlights what happens when people begin to neglect the Doctrines of Grace. The inevitable slide from Calvinism to Arminianism to Liberalism and then to Atheism is born out in all four examples given. They write, "When divine sovereignty is pushed aside to make room for human ability, a theological dislocation occurs that inevitably leads to the abandonment of orthodoxy" (p. 58).

Chapters three through seven comprise section two of the book, which looks at each of the five points of Calvinism in great detail. Boice and Ryken, instead of using the classical names for each of the five points (Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace and Perseverance of the Saints) they alter the language somewhat to clarify what each of these points mean. Total Depravity become Radical Depravity, Unconditional Election remains unchanged, Limited Atonement becomes Particular Redemption, Irresistible Grace becomes Efficacious Grace and Perseverance of the Saints becomes Persevering Grace. The authors explain these changes in each respective chapter. As a personal note, one of the doctrines that has always tripped me up was Limited Atonement (Particular Redemption). For the longest time, I could not reconcile this doctrine with the Bible in a way that satisfied me. As such, I would classify myself as a 4-Point Calvinist (as many others do). However, Boice and Ryken explain this doctrine in such a way that I am now comfortable in claiming to be a full 5-Point Calvinist.

The book closes out with section three, Rediscovering God's Grace. This section, comprised of two chapters, looks a Calvinism's practical outworking in both the individual and in society. Far from being an intellectual exercise, this book bring Calvinism home and puts 'shoe leather' to the doctrine.

I know this phrase has become cliche and tired, but this book is a must read. If you're wondering what Calvinism is all about, this book is for you. If you're not convinced of Calvinism as a Biblical theology, this book is for you. If you're wondering what the depths of God's grace are, this book it for you. If you're a Christian who is concerned with the gospel, this book is for you! Bottom line: READ THIS BOOK! I cannot recommend this book too highly.
A must for those concerned for their faith  Jul 17, 2009
There are many who have lost the way despite calling themselves Christians. "The Doctrines of Grace: Rediscovering the Evangelical Gospel" is a criticism of modern Christianity and how it has apparently lost its path in life, untrue to the original faith. Saying that Evangelicalism needs to abandon this casual faith and encourage Christians to return to their faith's roots, two pastors speak on modern Christianity, where it's heading, and what can be done. A must for those concerned for their faith, "The Doctrines of Grace" is recommended.
Solid Teaching about God's Grace  Sep 15, 2008
This is a great book to start with for Christians who are in need of some clarification and clear teaching regarding the teaching of God's grace, as described throughout all of Scripture. Also, Boice and Ryken provide a clear and consistent polemic of the Reformed faith. Easy to read and not too difficult for the average layman. I particularly enjoyed the section at the end regarding what it means to implement these teachings to your life. This is not just dry doctrine! Highly recommended and a great addition to every Christian's library!!

Reformed Attempt To Retie The Knot With Evangelicalism  Oct 4, 2007
'Reformed theology is the system of doctrine that seeks to give God all the glory for His grace in the gospel.' p 199

James Montgomery Boice and Philip Graham Ryken defend and define Calvinism. It would be remiss not to mention how the glory of God is stated as the ultimate goal for the creation and man; God made man to glorify Him. God then calls man and redeems him to enable him to this eternal vocation, from his temporal state of depravity.

'If men heed no more than the outward call, they become members of the visible church. If the inward call is heard in our hearts, we become members of the invisible church. The first call unites us merely to a group of professing members; but the inward call unites us to Christ Himself.' Donald Grey Barnhouse, God's Grace, God's Freedom, God's Heirs: Expositions of Bible Doctrines 7:171

Men have moved beyond the bounds of comprehending the full implications of sin which continues to bear children borne of this godless age, unless by the divine interposition of God we turn to the light. The authors also refine what Calvinism is not, by revising liberalism, pluralism, relativism, post-modernism, revivalism etc. The effects of these man-made movements in the philosophical arena have drawn clear battle lines.

'In short, there was a shift from revival to revivalism.' p 59
'With Arminianism has come Pietism.' p 62
'Open theism is an open attack on the Reformed understanding of the sovereignty of God.' p 65
The unintended result:
'Even Calvinists who are sympathetic to evangelicalism increasingly find themselves distanced from the movement (Calvinism) as a whole.' p 61

Boice and Ryken fully refute post-conservative theology, including the myths and fallacies surrounding Calvinism that have been propagated by its jurassic foes, the Arminians. The best way of going about this is by again advocating TULIP, the acronym for Calvinism. 'Our central argument is that evangelicalism cannot survive without Calvinism because the gospel of grace requires the doctrines of grace.' p 66

In a tour of Calvinism's history and theocentric worldview, they remind us of the visibly God-exalting and Bible-bearing greats of yesteryear; such churchmen as John Calvin, the Puritans, Jonathan Edwards, Abraham Kuyper, George Whitefield and the old Princetonians, whom all shaped cultures in their desire to see God embellished in all facets of cultural development.

This book explains the system whereby Calvinists identify with those greats, and how to regain the vital identity of Christianity and evangelicalism, following the Enlightenment. As a direct consequence, 'isms' that have been imported wholesale from the modern and postmodern cultures into the church, are all vain attempts at making man the center of his universe, in seeking to depose God from His rightful throne. These recent movements all have their roots in semi-Pelagianism, or the 17th century variant, the Remonstrants or Armininiasts. Arminianism contends that man is self-determinative in his decision as to where he may spend eternity, which is proved by this work to be unbiblical and lacking in theological soundness:

'God's call, since it is effectual, carries with it the operative grace whereby the person called is enabled to answer the call and to embrace Jesus Christ as He is freely offered in the gospel.' John Murray, Redemption Accomplished & Applied p 96

'Effectual calling is the point at which the eternal foreknowledge and predestination of God pass over into time and start the process by which the individual is drawn from sin to faith in Jesus Christ, is justified through that faith, and is then kept in Christ until his or her final glorification.' p 140

After their survey of the doctrines of grace, they then explore what it means to be a true Calvinist: a God-centered mind, a penitent spirit, a grateful heart and a submissive will lead to a holy life.

B B Warfield, 'The Calvinist is the man who is determined to preserve the attitude he takes in prayer in all his thinking, in all his feeling, in all his doing...Other men are Calvinists on their knees; the Calvinist is the man who is determined that his intellect, and heart, and will shall remain on their knees continually, and only from this attitude think, and feel and act.' Quoted on p 191

'Those who are saved by grace, also live by grace, and their growth in grace is due to the gracious work of God's Spirit. This is what preserves Calvinism from legalism.' p 193

The closing chapter restates the idea of a vital engagement with culture if the church is to be effective in its proclamation of the gospel. This is a gracious and inspiring book on Calvinism, which does not serve lofty ideals, but has a firm grasp on the practical and pastoral aspects that affect society positively and enduringly and has ever since its inception in the 1530s.

'The heart of Reformed theology is a passion for God's glory, not simply in redemption but in all of creation.' p 201
Strict Calvinist View: Free WIll vs Free Grace  Mar 13, 2007
This book definitely does not teach Free Will in any sense; and that Free Will and Free Grace cannot coincide. I myself hold to a "Calvinist" view of Scripture, because that is what scripture teaches; yet, scripture also teaches a Free Will.

Scripture teaches both Free Will and Free Grace. A Paradox if you will, but it is not such - this book seems to do gymnastics around the scripture that speaks of Free Will to fit a Strong Calvinistic (TULIP) view. But any person who studies the bible will know Scripture teaches both Free Will and Free Grace, and that they do coincide - and we are left with the mindset of "How can I understand that? That doesn't make sense" - and I explain that maybe, just maybe; that isn't for us to "understand" in our finite minds - and maybe we are just supposed to have Faith.

I liked this book very much - but definitely one sided and that bothers me when someone tries to do gymnastics around scripture.

Overall: Definitely holds onto the sovereignty of God; but doesn't do so good of "explaining" the "problem passages". I say it is a good read. But VERY biased.

Grace and Peace

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