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Number of Pages: 72
Vendor: Reformation Trust Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
Series: Crucial Questions
What Does It Mean to Be Born Again? - Crucial Questions Series, #6R.C. SproulReformation Trust Publishing / 2010 / Trade Paperback$2.494.5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
Can I Know God's Will? - Crucial Questions Series, #4R.C. SproulReformation Trust Publishing / 2009 / Trade Paperback$2.494 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
Can I Trust the Bible? - Crucial Questions Series, #2 (2009 Edition)R.C. SproulReformation Trust Publishing / 2009 / Trade Paperback$2.495 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
But assurance of salvation is possible in this life. Indeed, as Dr. R.C. Sproul argues in this Crucial Questions booklet, it is the duty of Christians to make their calling sure (2 Peter 1:10). To help believers reach this goal, Dr. Sproul defines assurance, shows how we can get it, reveals the blessings it confers, and warns of the dangers of false assurance. Here is assistance for those who struggle to know where they stand with Jesus Christ.
This book quickly explores this important theological topic but then expands on elements of the salvation experience by using scriptural references and comparative theology. Dr. Sproul does a good job of describing the different types of Christian commitments that exist, while keeping the overall work very understandable to any reader. This book is an excellent resource for Christians and seekers alike. The examples and illustrations are down to earth, readable, logical, and insightful. This is not a 72-page theology lecture or series of sermons, but rather a friendly talk about how to know that Christ has provided personal redemption for those who accept His plan of salvation. Aaron Johnson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
WickEvansville, IndianaAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Don't Be ConfusedJanuary 25, 2018WickEvansville, IndianaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I thought I was saved when I was a teenager, and for about a decade I told others I was a believer when it just wasn't true. I was baptized at a small Southern Baptist church when I was 22, but it wasn't until I was 26 years old when I became a bona fide believer in the Risen One. I was confused about my salvation for many years, but the Father does not want us to be confused. The god of this age does. The Father wants us to be clear about whether we belong to Him and if we're going to Heaven when we pass away (or when His Son returns).
2 Peter 1:10 states, Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. Confidently knowing where you stand with the Son of Man and what He'll say on Judgment Day can be known right now. If you struggle with doubts concerning whether you truly know the Prince of Peace, whether you have eternal life, whether you'll be going to Heaven, I recommend reading R.C. Sproul's Can I Be Sure I'm Saved?. In this 70-page booklet, R.C. Sproul once again provides solid teaching in a logical fashion. Below are the titles of the five chapters and simple summaries.
The Struggle for Assurance - What is assurance?
Four Kinds of People - Two are saved and two are not
False Assurance - What are the dangers?
Gaining True Assurance - How can we get assurance of salvation?
The Source of Full Assurance - Do you love Him?
Don't be confused about whether you're going to Heaven or Hell. If you are, spend an hour reading Sproul's Can I Be Sure I'm Saved? and hopefully, you can have that peace that surpasses all understanding.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, John 1:12
danniAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5GreatJune 27, 2014danniAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Since I am now reading this series in order, I found it interesting how Sproul ended his last book (What Does It Mean To Be Born Again?) and began this book (Can I Be Sure I'm Saved?). The conclusion to his last book revealed that once we are saved through Christ alone, we cannot lose that salvation. Through a humble irony, Sproul introduces us in book #7 to the Sermon on the Mount. Here, Jesus warns that many will come to him on judgment day with a false confidence of their eternal security. So if we have been "born again" as thoroughly discussed in his last book, how can we be assured of our eternal salvation when presented with a passage such as the Sermon on the Mount?
In order to enlighten his audience to the possible snares that follow regeneration, he dissects the Parable of the Sower. Here we learn of four possible reactions people may have after hearing the Gospel. Although this passage seems to be a well-preached lesson throughout Christian circles, Sproul speaks to it with detail and insight that allows for an elevated perspective. He describes the four categories as follows: 1 - those who are saved and know; 2 - those who are saved and don't know; 3 - those who are unsaved and know; 4 - those who are unsaved and don't know.
He also addresses three misconceptions of salvation that are dominant within Christianity: Universalism, Sacerdotalism, and Legalism. Universalism is described as someone who believes all will be saved. Sacerdotalsim refers to the methods of the priesthood and sacraments (example: Roman Catholic Church). Legalism indicates one's belief that salvation is based on their own righteousness.
In his conclusion, Sproul explains in a profoundly simple statement that assurance of salvation is found through the work of the Holy Spirit. Following regeneration, one must seek maturity verified by the fruit of the Holy Spirit. He refers to Phil. 2:12, encouraging us to "work out [our] salvation with fear and trembling." Our affection - love and passion - for Christ will flourish and change our entire demeanor if we have truly experienced regeneration.
Since salvation is a concept that is questioned and surrounded by doubt all too often, this book is an easy, concise resource for understanding where you stand in the eyes of God.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher as part of their review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."