Who better to write a book on the basics of Reformed theology than its poster boy, R. Sproul really takes these complex ideas and communicates them clearly and understandably. For anyone wanting to know more about Reformed theology, this candid book offers a coherent and complete introduction to an established belief. It does not annul the covenant of works. He signed the 1978 Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy and wrote a commentary on that document. The Duty of Pursuing Assurance R.
There was a point in my life when this would have annoyed me because I thought that Reformed tradition that I held to was the only one that could truly be called Reformed. Some references to it have been positive, some negative. It's in this way Scripture warns the elect not to fall away. Have you ever had your faith in God's Word challenged or dismissed? He was also founding pastor of Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Florida, first president of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. First, what I have heard about Sproul is true — he is a great writer. About What do the five points of Calvinism really mean? In this insightful book, R.
That Adam and Eve didn't physically die on the day of their first sin was due to God's mercy and grace. Of primary importance is its devotion to God. In the future every knee will bow before him, either willingly or unwillingly. Faith Alone Part 1 R. He relies too much on Thomas Aquinas for his philosophy. Excuse me, but I really don't care what the Westminster Confession says. The Fruit of the Holy Spirit R.
There is, however, a very helpful look at the different views on the Lord's Supper as a Christological issue. He begins a process of regeneration that enables us to see the blessing of choosing Him. So Sproul's brief treatment of Dispensationalist Calvinists as not real Calvinists confused me. His radio program, Renewing Your Mind, is still broadcast daily on hundreds of radio stations around the world and can also be heard online. Inspiration and The Canon of.
Analogical Language part 2 R. As an introduction, I felt that it lacked in explaining some of the concepts that someone new to Reformed might not have much of a background in. His actions do not have to make perfect sense to our little human brains, but He is always righteous and good, and He owes explanations to no one. Disclaimer: My theology going into this book was essentially if not totally reformed, so it is going to color my review of this book to some degree. Sproul before, so this looked like a good book. No one is treated with injustice. Overall, I very much appreciate Sproul's clear explanation.
Sproul explains how God, throughout history, has fulfilled His promised plan of redemption in and through His people. While I believe Scripture speaks of more covenants than three, Sproul's presentation of Reformed Calvinism is clear and, generally, persuasive. Some references to it have been positive, some negative. Creation Covenant Part 1 R. For me, this book was a great reminder that it is not through any virtue of mine but only through His power and grace that I am saved, and that is a strikingly beautiful thing. They will die the first death physical and will stand before God to be judged and then they will experience the second death spiritual. How do we get into this circle? He also served as the general editor of the , which has appeared in several editions and was also known as the New Geneva Study Bible.
Since I read it with my Sunday school class, I was able to discuss it along the way, I think we started it last spring and it has taken almost a year? For those who are wondering about why it matters, this is a great primer to help understand the basics. Besides, part of being a Christian and loving God is to want to be willing to walk alongside Him and participate in His plan for the redemption of His elect. As expected, there are pretty much no references to contemporary theologians; the vast majority of the non-Bible quotes are from Calvin and Luther. And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? This is the best summary of Reformed doctrine that I have read. The Creation of Man R. Glory to God Alone Part 1 R. The Bible and Apologetics part.
Sproul shows that man's will is not free but in bondage to sin. Sproul does an excellent job of showing how reformed theology is cohesive and firmly rooted in Scripture. He and his wife, Gerrene were married in 1991 and they have two children. This book was the first one I have read on what is Reformed, and that is what I got out of it at the time. In fact, this is a book I will read again in a year or two, after I have had time to read other sources and grow my understanding. He also served as general editor of the Reformation Study Bible.