Are you truly amazed by God's grace? Or have you grown accustomed to it? Yes, we sing of God's "Amazing Grace," but do you truly understand what you as a Christian have experienced in receiving the grace of God? Or do you take divine grace for granted?
In By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me, Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson laments that "we have lost the joy and energy that is experienced when grace seems truly ‘amazing.'" In an effort to restore the wonder of divine grace, he reflects on it from seven angles, each built around a stanza from a rich but little-known hymn, "O How the Grace of God Amazes Me," written by Emmanuel T. Sibomana, a pastor in the African nation of Burundi. (Download the sheet music and MP3 file for free from ligonier.org.)
This book poses probing questions for today's believer: "If I am not amazed by God's grace, can I really be living in it? Can I really be tasting, and savoring, and delighting in it?" But those willing to delve into God's Word with Dr. Ferguson will come away with a deeper astonishment at the depths of God's grace.
About the Author
Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson is senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, and a distinguished visiting professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He has been an editor and a trustee with the Banner of Truth Trust publishing house and has been a prolific author. His published titles include The Holy Spirit, Grow in Grace, Let's Study Philippians, John Owen on the Christian Life, and, for children, The Big Book of Questions and Answers and The Big Book of Questions & Answers About Jesus. Dr. Ferguson and his wife, Dorothy, have been married for thirty-six years. They have four children.
123 Pages Publisher: Ligonier Ministries Publication Date: February 2010 ISBN 10: 1567692028 ISBN 13: 9781567692020
”This is a beautiful book - a providential confluence of two pastors’ hearts (separated by time and culture) on the theme of grace. First, there is the pulsing heart of an obscure African pastor, Emmanuel T. Sibomana, who, many years ago, penned the magnificent seven-stanza hymn ‘O How the Grace of God Amazes Me.’ Then there is the grateful and responsive heart of well known pastor-theologian Sinclair Ferguson, who has taken the seven dazzling facets of the African hymn and held them up to the manifold light of God’s word so that they further grace and enlighten our souls. By Grace Alone is a book that will fire your heart.” - R. Kent Hughes, Senior pastor emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois
”Most of us have books lying on a table or bookshelf somewhere, waiting for us to get around to reading them. Please don’t let this book be in that category. Sinclair Ferguson is one of the clearest, brightest lights in evangelical Christianity today. This book will point you to the freedom and exuberance of living in the grace of God through Jesus Christ. Read this book for your own encouragement, and pass it along to a new disciple or an (as yet) unbelieving neighbor.” - Russell D. Moore, Dean, School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
”Rich in biblical exposition and in theological depth, By Grace Alone is a series of great messages by one of today’s greatest preachers on some of the greatest Scripture texts - all on one of the greatest themes of the Bible: amazing grace! This book will excite your mind, stir your affection, convict your soul, win your heart, and move you to action. It will evangelize, disciple, and mature all kinds of readers. Dr. Ferguson has given us another feast, and there is food here for all - saved and unsaved, ministers and laypeople, young and old.” - Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
”Sinclair Ferguson’s biblically insightful and pastorally profound meditations on the manifold grace of God are strung like pearls on the stanzas of the African hymn ‘O How the Grace of God Amazes Me.’ Christ is at the very enter, as He must be: inHim, our enslaved hearts find freedom, our guilty hearts find forgiveness, our troubled hearts find a Defender int he darkness, and our embattled hearts find strength to resist the enemy's enticements. Thirsty hearts, come to Jesus and drink deeply from His fountain of amazing, life-giving, joy-imparting, hope-sustaining grace.” - Dennis E. Johnson, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California, Econdido, California