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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596380292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596380295
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Assurance of God's gracious, saving, fatherly love to us in Christ is the hallmark of the Protestant Reformation's understanding of salvation. This assurance is vital to Christian life and witness. Unfortunately, too many saints lack assurance, and today there are even Reformed and evangelical preachers who are undermining it by erroneous teaching. Thankfully, a band of faithful brothers has given us this book to clear the fog, present the truth, protect us from wrong-headedness, and help us on our way. True, evangelical assurance enlarges our hearts with peace and joy, fills us with love and thankfulness to God, and strengthens and motivates us to glad, gospel obedience. Read this book prayerfully, with faith in God's Word, and be encouraged!" --Ligon Duncan, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi

"The key to fruitfulness . . . is to have a life that is founded solidly on the assurance of one's salvation in Christ. The unsure Christian is the Christian who lacks stability in his or her faith. The unsure Christian is tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. The unsure Christian is easy prey for the assault of Satan, who does everything in his malevolent power to undermine the Christian's confidence of salvation in Christ. A Christian who lacks such confidence can easily become trapped in insecurity and may lack the boldness to venture out into the domain of a fallen world, armed with the whole armor of God. . . . It is my prayer that those who read this volume will have those vacillating doubts that weaken their profession removed once and for all, so that they may be fully equipped to be fruit bearers in the vineyard of Christ." --R. C. Sproul, from the foreword

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David A. Vosseller on November 22, 2006
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Many believers, if they are honest, have often questioned their own salvation. They see their sins and struggles and wonder if they are really saved or not. Editor Burk Parsons and the other contributors to Assured by God, desire to help everyday Christians find their assurance and hope in God's promises. As Parsons writes in the preface, "...many people who sit in the pews of evangelical churches throughout the world do not possess full assurance of their salvation. When trials come into their lives, many Christians find themselves doubting their salvation, doubting the imputed righteousness of Christ, doubting God's sovereignty, and doubting the grace of God instead of fleeing to their loving Father's arms. In this fallen world of despair and doubt, with minds and hearts that have been corrupted by sin, every Christian needs to understand fully the promises that the Lord God Almighty has established for us and within us." (pp. 12). Do you ever wrestle with feelings like that? This book is for you!

The authors cover a range of areas, but they all weave their chapters together to form one wonderful picture of a God who has planned out every step of our salvation, and who has "granted to us his precious and very great promises" (2 Peter 1:4) for us to trust in and believe so that we might have hope! This is an encouraging book for any believer, so that they can understand how secure their salvation is, and yet also not be presumptive - as John MacArthur writes in his chapter: "Still, self-examination is a necessary and biblical aspect of gaining assurance. It is the process by which we evaluate the quality of our own faith, and the fruit of repentance is the evidence we must seek. This is especially crucial in the contemporary evangelical environment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jacques Schoeman on September 21, 2007
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Philip Graham Ryken surveys from eternity to eternity in a rich exposition of Ephesians 1. Salvation is God's "will", "purpose" (v 9) and "plan" (v 10) - we should not make that sovereign will, purpose and plan subject to, or dependent upon, man. Assurance stems from the threefold divine work: that what the Father has decreed in eternity past (predestination) and that what the Son has accomplished (redemption) and that the Holy Spirit effectually seals "every spiritual blessing in Christ" (Eph 1:3) to each and every believer, thereby applying redemption. 'But whatever words we use to describe it, the point is that our salvation from sin depends on a gracious co-operation within the Godhead.' p 38

'God's participation in history depends on His purpose in eternity. The Bible could hardly be stronger on this point: "being predestined according to the purpose [Gk: prothesis] of Him who works all things according to the counsel [Gk: boule] of His will [Gk: thelema]" (Eph 1:11). In this verse, three different Greek words are used to describe God's plan: thelema simply refers to God's will in general; prothesis means God's purpose, especially His foreordained purpose; and boule refers to God's deliberate counsel. Taken together, these words show that nothing lies outside the divine intention.' p 43

Burk Parsons deals with a passage of Scripture that exhorts believers most to perseverance: Hebrews 12:1-6. Says Parsons:
'In Hebrews, we are called to run the race set before us (12:1). If our perseverance in the faith is dependent on us, we will surely fail and will by no means finish the race set before us.' p 21 Assurance is God's gift, when we look to Him to provide it: 'For not only is He the creator and sustainer of the universe, He is the creator and sustainer of our faith.
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