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Historians and theologians alike have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were the five solas: sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratia, sola fide, and soli Deo gloria. These five solas do not merely summarize what the Reformation was all about but have served to distinguish Protestantism ever since. They set Protestants apart in a unique way as those who place ultimate and final authority in the Scriptures, acknowledge the work of Christ alone as sufficient for redemption, recognize that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and seek to not only give God all of the glory but to do all things vocationally for his glory.
Though the context and circumstances of life, the specific struggles or events throughout the church's history may have shifted over the past five hundred years, the five declarations that distinguished the Protestant Reformation from other expressions of the Christian faith continue to speak to us today, addressing a wide range of contemporary issues and serving as our great inheritance from those believers who have gone before us.
In Grace Alone, a volume from the Five Solas series, pastor and scholar Carl Trueman examines the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine of salvation by grace alone, a free gift unmerited by human efforts or works. Trueman explores the development of this theme across church history—from the early church through the Reformation to the Protestant confessions that still shape the church today. He also looks at the biblical means of receiving God's grace, highlighting the urgency in which we need to recover this doctrine in the face of today's challenges.
Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Five Solas
God's Glory Alone--The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life: What the Reformers Taught...and Why It Still MattersDavid VanDrunenZondervan / 2015 / Trade Paperback$9.79 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Faith Alone, The Doctrine of Justification: What the Reformers Taught...and Why It Still MattersThomas R. SchreinerZondervan / 2015 / Trade Paperback$13.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Carl Trueman is professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books, including The Creedal imperative: Histories and Fallacies; Goods Rush in Where Monkeys Fear to Tread; Republocat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative; Reformation Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow; John Owen: Reformed, Catholic, Renaissance Man, Minority Report; and The Wages of Spin. Trueman is also a contributor to Reformation21 where he writes from a Reformed vantage point.
Matthew Barrett is Tutor of Systematic Theology and Church History at Oak Hill Theological College in London. He is the executive editor of Credo Magazine, as well as the author and editor of several books, including Salvation by Grace, Four Views on the Historical Adam, and Owen on the Christian Life.
The Geeky Calvinist5 Stars Out Of 5Exemplary Work in GraceJune 17, 2017The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It should be no surprise, at this point in 2017, that this year is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The year that Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Chapel, the act that sparked the Reformation. During the Reformation there was a resurgence in theological understanding summarized in the teachings of the Five Solas. These Five Solas are by scripture Alone, by faith alone, by grace alone, by Christ alone, to the Glory of God Alone.
These pillars of the Reformation are still alive today comma yet they need to be re-established as the centrality of what Christians believe. To that end Zondervan has produced new series of books called, The Five Solas Series. Each book in the series examines one of the Five Solas. The one under review today is that of, Grace Alone: Salvation as a Gift of God: What the Reformers Taught... And Why it Still Matters, by Carl R Truman.
Truman is a noted scholar at Westminster Theological Seminary and is very well-versed in this topic. Grace Alone, is divided into two parts. The first part studies by grace alone in the context of scripture and history while the second part Studies by grace alone in the context of the church. Each of these chapters is jam-packed full of exemplary exegesis and application to the modern reader. This book is unique in the sense that it bridges the gap between scholastic and popular level study.
Furthermore this book may be the best treatments on the topic of how salvation is by grace alone ever to be produced in short form. Therefore I highly recommend it to every Christian who desires to grow in their faith, be it Pastor, Bible student, Sunday school, or Congregant who was looking to grow in their faith as they study the importance of how God's love demonstrated by his grace in the work of Jesus Christ is the only way for salvation from our sin.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Zondervan in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Grace Alone: Salvation as a Gift of God: What the Reformers Taught... And Why it Still Matters,
2072 Carl R. Truman
Page Count: 272 Pages