Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God's Grace (2nd Edition)

Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God's Grace (2nd Edition)
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Parsons, Burk

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Publisher's Description

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

Includes a Foreword by R. C. Sproul

About the Editor

Burk Parsons serves as minister of congregational life at Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Florida, 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 MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Amber, live in Longwood, Florida, with their children.

Book Details

224 Pages
Publisher: P&R Publishing Company
Publication Date: August 2008
ISBN 13: 9781596381018

"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, President, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, and Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS

"Here is the voice of historic Christianity speaking about Christian assurance with clarity, wisdom, and grace and doing so at a time of enormous cultural uncertainty, drift, and self-doubt. The importance of the issue and the excellence of its treatment here alike commend this book."
- David F. Wells

"If you are ever tempted to doubt that the assurance of God's love is one of the benefits of justification, here is an excellent antidote. This book will set you on the path to security, stability, and joyful discipleship."
- Alistair Begg

"Thank you, Burk, for such a clear, thorough, and easy-to-understand book on what the Bible has to say about the assurance of salvation. For those who have questions, this will give them the answers!"
- Joni Eareckson Tada

"The leadership of Burk Parsons has effectively brought together pastors, theologians, and authors who are not only adept at ministry but competent to address the issue of divine assurance in a personal relationship with Christ. Now we have an effective tool that will assist pastors and Christian workers in their disciple-making ministry."
- Harry L. Reeder III

"The key to fruitfulness...is to have a life that is founed solily on the assurance of one's salvation in Christ. The unsure Christian is the Christian who lacks stability in his or her faith. The unsure Christian is tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. The unsure Christian is easy prey for the assault of Satan, who des everything in his power to undermine the Christian's confidence of salvation in Christ. A Christian who lacks such confidence can easily become trapped in insecurity and may lack the boldness to venture out into the domain of a fallen world, armed with the whole armor of God...It is my prayer that those who read this volume will have those vacillating doubts that weaken their profession removed once and for all, so that they may be fully equipped to be fruit bearers in the vineyard of Christ."
- R. C. Sproul, from the foreword