“Why would you want to believe that?” is what people often say when they hear about my Reformed perspective on the Bible and theology. Generally it is a perception built around misconceptions of what Calvinism is all about, that often with that ravenous demand that is buried deep within each of us to be our own masters and the shapers of our own destinies.
My response to that question is usually something about that it is what the Bible teaches, so I choose to believe it. There are definitely times where biblical theology is hard to swallow. Times when I have spoken so often about our faith to a dear soul who continues to refuse to believe and repent. Times when I want to change things and want God to do things my way. Times when God’s sovereign plan and his discipline of me is just so painful to endure.
Yet there is amazing beauty in the doctrines of grace, which is what the tenants of Reformed theology are called. Firmly based in the full testimony of the Bible, they offer incredible comfort, the “peace that passes understanding” that Paul talks about, and the steadfast hope of a future in the arms of God.
What’s So Great About the Doctrines of Grace? is a little book that does a very big job of talking about just that. The hope and security we have in Christ is not something of our own devising, and so it is something that can outstand our undoing. The rich fullness of a belief in a God who is all together sovereign in human affairs, in the laws of the universe, and in every turn of a leaf is so breathtaking, anything less would not be God.
In the manner I have come to expect from Reformation Trust publications, Richard Phillips does a very good job at sharing just what is so great about the doctrines of grace in very accessible language. Get this book to either enrich your own understanding of these precious teachings, or let this be a short introduction to the doctrines if you have either despised them or have questions about them.
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