Can I Know God's Will?   -     By: R.C. Sproul
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Can I Know God's Will?

Reformation Trust Publishing / 2009 / Paperback

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In Can I Know God's Will?, Dr. R.C. Sproul outlines timeless principles for discovering and applying the will of God in day-to-day decisions. He then illustrated how these principle should inform two of the most significant decisions we face in life--the choice of a career and the choice of a spouse.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 120
Vendor: Reformation Trust Publishing
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 1567691795
ISBN-13: 9781567691795
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Series: Crucial Questions

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As human beings, we long to know that our lives will unfold in ways that we will find pleasant and rewarding. As Christians, we have a different focus we want our lives to be pleasing to God. Thus, we ponder His will and worry that we are not doing what He wants us to do.

In this Crucial Questions booklet, Dr. R. C. Sproul outlines timeless principles for discovering and applying the will of God in day-to-day decisions. He then illustrates how these principles should inform two of the most significant decisions we face in life the choice of a career and the choice of a spouse. Here is valuable guidance for those who are passionate to follow God.

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The Crucial Questions Series, published by Reformation Trust, is a compact, five-volume series that introduces some of R.C. Sproul's writing in a new format. The first volume, Who is Jesus?, is solidly grounded in Scripture from the start in its presentation of Christ, yet it weaves other historical data throughout. It gives helpful insight into familiar titles for Jesus, such as Son of Man and Logos. The book tackles the Virgin Birth, the law of causality, and the whole realm of the miraculous. The concluding section on the significance of Christ's ascension was excellent, the implications of which are not often taught at any depth.

Volume 2 of the series, Can I Trust the Bible?, is Dr. Sproul's commentary on the Chicago Statement of Biblical Inerrancy. In the volume on prayer, Does Prayer Change Things?, there is a helpful discussion of human freedom vs. human autonomy and divine sovereignty. There is also a brief exegesis of the Lord's Prayer, some encouragements to prayer, as well as some reasons for frustration in prayer, and a reminder of the conditions for answered prayer.

The question of whether a Christian can know God's will is addressed in the fourth volume titled, Can I Know God's Will? Dr. Spoul begins by explaining what is meant by the decretive will of God, the preceptive will of God, and God's will of disposition. He then illustrates how these three work themselves out in biblical interpretation, and gives an analogy from the judicial system. Under the heading “Knowing the Will of God for Our Lives,” I found it interesting that Sproul states, “. . . I find the practical question of the will of God pressing on my mind quite frequently. I doubt a fortnight passes that I am not seriously engaged by the question of whether I am doing what God wants me to do at this point in my life.” This is followed by a detailed look at man's will: is it free? If so, in what sense? How is it related to God's sovereignty?

In the last book of the series, How Should I Live in This World?, the following premise is put forth: ethical decisions affect every area of life. It then goes on to answer the question of how these decisions are made. Chapter One opens with an explanation of the historical distinction between ethics and morals, and contrasts the humanistic model of ethics with the Christian ethic: “God calls us out of the indicative by His imperative. Ours is a call to nonconformity – to a transforming ethic that shatters the status quo” (p. 5). Dr. Sproul illustrates the inconsistency of relativism, using the example of the moral and Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. He explains what is meant by an “ethical continuum,” or degrees of sin and righteousness, giving examples from church history and scripture. Other topics include the authority behind ethics and the sovereignty of God; the difference between freedom and autonomy, and between legalism and antinomianism; and the pros and cons of situation ethics. The specific ethical questions of war, abortion, capital punishment and materialism are also covered. The book concludes with a chapter on ethics and conscience.

R.C. Sproul has a unique gift for making intimidating topics accessible to a wide audience, and this series is an excellent example. – Pam Glass, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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    A book for people searching for direction
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    Sproul begins with the idea that God has one will with three different elements to that will. The book presents decretive, preceptive, and dispositional elements to his will. He goes through each will and what it means along with an example for each. The author explains that decretive will can not be disobeyed and goes along with his sovereign power. Preceptive element of will can be disobeyed, but it is what he wants us to do with our lives. He uses the example of the Laws and commandments. The final element is dispositional portion of his will. This element God's position on a matter and what he wants. He wants all people to know Him, but he must punish sin. The will of God is weaved in and out of many doctrines of the church. He goes one by one explaining how God works in each one of those doctrines. He even faces the free will/predestination question head on with Scripture. The practical question that he answers through his book is whether or not we are in God's will when it comes to our jobs. I do not want to ruin the book by summarizing it, but it personally gave me a great comfort that I am where God has placed me. I would recommend this to all Christians with an emphasis on people in their midlife crisis and teens figuring what they are going to do with there life. I would not recommend this to a person who is new in the Lord due to the fact that the first two chapters in this book may be difficult to understand.
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