Category: The Doctrines of Grace: Understanding the Heartbeat of the Gospel

The Doctrines of Grace: Understanding the Heartbeat of the Gospel

The Doctrines of Grace: Understanding the Heartbeat of the Gospel Charles Spurgeon once noted, “That doctrine which is called “Calvinism” did not spring from Calvin; we believe that it sprang from the great founder of all truth.”[i] With these words, Spurgeon set forth the critical truth that the Doctrines of Grace, also known as the Five Points of Calvinism or TULIP (Totally Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints) originates from. In this issue, you will learn the biblical and Reformed perspective on the doctrine of salvation. The men that wrote the articles in...

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Killing Calvinism by Greg Dutcher

The past ten years has seen the rise of the Doctrines of Grace, also known as Calvinism. In his helpful book, Killing Calvinism: How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Theology, Pastor Greg Dutcher writes, not as an outsider critiquing what he doesn’t understand, but as an insider looking at the strengths and weaknesses of the movement. Killing Calvinism will affect each person differently. Some will see the title of this book and determine it’s not for them. Others will see the title and think this is a helpful book for them to read and consider. Some will read this...

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Antinomianism: Reformed Theology’s Unwelcome Guest by Mark Jones

The debate over the relationship between law and gospel has been waged since the time of the Christ, with some affirming justification by the grace of God which provides the believer freedom from the law, and with others declaring a more legalistic approach suggesting that salvation includes a heavy dose of law keeping. Somewhere in the middle of those two extremes lies the biblical approach to justification and sanctification. In his book, Antinomianism: Reformed Theology’s Unwelcome Guest, Mark Jones makes the effort to explore this topic using the 17th century debate that waged on this very topic as the...

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Knowing Christ by Mark Jones

Few issues are as important as understanding the Christ-centered nature of the Scriptures. When we consider who Christ is—what He came to do and accomplished in His death and resurrection, and what He continues to do as our Mediator, Advocate, Intercessor, and High Priest—truthfully our jaws should drop, and we should stand in awe of the grandness and awesomeness of Him. Often, as Christians, we can pledge allegiance to Christ and say all the right words. But truthfully, when was the last time our hearts were moved to tears at the thought of what Christ did for us on...

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Recommended Books on the Doctrines of Grace

This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been considering the topic of the Doctrines of Grace. We are living in a time when many people are either learning or rediscovering what the gospel is and the importance of a biblical understanding of the gospel. With this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, it was our hope that readers would grow, not only in their understanding of these biblical truths and their impact for our Christian lives and ministries. If you’ve found this subject interesting and want to study the issue further, please check out the recommended reading list below....

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