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Believing God: Twelve Biblical Promises Christians Struggle to Accept Hardcover – February 26, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing (February 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567691129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567691122
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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This book is rich provision for all of us who have cried out, Lord, I believe. Help me in my unbelief. R.C. Jr. Has marshaled the hope of faith for a host of our recurring doubts-that we might be tossed to and fro no longer. --Dr. George Grant: Pastor, East Parish Presbyterian Church Franklin, Tennessee; Founder, King's Meadow Study Center

Believing God addresses one of the most significant problems in the church today: We do not take the Bible seriously. Specifically, in regard to God's amazing promises, we tend to believe only those that seem logical to us. R.C. Sproul Jr. helps us see that in Christ Jesus all of God's promises are YES and are meant to be believed and relied upon. This book will stimulate your faith. --Jerry Bridges: Bible Teacher, Conference Speaker, Author, The Persuit of Holiness and other titles

Many years ago, I first heard the cute catchphrase Some people are just sitting on the premises instead of standing on the promises. As a fired-up young Christian, I was quite sure it didn't apply to me. More than fifty years later, believing God has challenged me to have a reality check. R.C. Sproul Jr.'s excellent approach to twelve key biblical promises achieves the combination of being both forensic and pastoral, clinical and tender, surgical and sympathetic. Read it carefully, apply it diligently-then be sure to pass it on to somebody else. I predict it will do a power of good. --John Blanchard: Preacher, Teacher, and Apologist; Author, Does God Believe in Athiests?

About the Author

R.C. Sproul Jr. planted Saint Peter Presbyterian Church in Southwest Virginia and is the founder, chairman, and teacher of the Highlands Study Center. He graduated from Grove City College in 1986 and Reformed Theological Seminary in 1991. He received his doctor of ministry degree in 2001. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, the most recent of which are Bound for Glory, After Darkness, Light: Essays in Honor of R.C. Sproul, Eternity in our Hearts, and When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling. He is a regular columnist for Tabletalk and Homeschooling Today magazines. Dr. Sproul has ministered in Russia, Myanmar, New Zealand, and Israel. He is a husband to Denise and homeschooling father to Darby, Campbell, Shannon, Delaney, Erin Claire, Maili and Reilly.

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R. C. Jr. says he wrote this book because, "I want to see the people of God grow in grace and wisdom."
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joan N. on July 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
R. C. Sproul Jr. says failing to believe God's promises is serious. "When we fail to believe His promises, we fail to believe that He is faithful." R. C. Jr. wrote Believing God to encourage Christians to take God at His word.
R. C. Jr. has chosen to write about twelve of God's promises. He does a great job of placing each of these promises in context and criticizing those who use these promises in a manner God never intended.
The first promise R. C. Jr. looks at is that God will equip us (2 Tim. 3:16). "The trouble is that we don't believe it." He encourages readers to return to the oldest Christian habit of reading, understanding and believing the Word of God.
He next looks at the promise of God's love (1 John 3:1). Our calling, for the rest of our lives, is to get our hearts and minds around the staggering reality that if we are in Christ, God truly, truly loves us.
We are reminded that God has promised forgiveness of our sins (1 John 1:9) and wisdom for the asking (James 1:5). Psalm 127 promises that children are a blessing. (R. C. Jr. does not address the issue of Paul's New Testament suggestion that Christians not marry in 1 Cor. 7:25ff. He also seems to be rather thoughtless with regard to those who have no children.)
The chapter on Psalm 37:4 is worth the price of the book. God promises that we will receive the desires of our heart if we delight in the Lord. R. C. Jr. has some fun with how difficult it is for Reformed people to "delight" in God. He reminds the stiff Calvinists that the Westminster Catechism reminds Christians we were made to enjoy God. When we delight ourselves in the Lord we do receive the desires of our heart for we desire Him. God is not only the promise keeper but is Himself the promise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on March 24, 2010
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On any given day you may encounter a variety of obstacles that can make trusting God's providence seem difficult. In "Believing God," R. C. Sproul Jr. reveals how often Christians fall short in trusting God's promises. This means that we often do not affirm that God is faithful and trustworthy, moreover this is not only unhelpful, but it is a sin. Sproul offers this very readable volume to promote and stir up the faith in believing Christians as one grows in trusting God's holy word.

The author offers clear exposition on promises including:
- God's everlasting and unconditional love for His people
- Our election in Christ
- Expiation for our sins and Justification by grace alone
- Fulfilled promises as the covenant believer delights in God's word and its sure promises
- Benefits from Heaven for faithful tithers
- Real hope for those who are called by God inasmuch as all things work together for good.

Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

This text is a smooth edifying and educational study and is great for new Christians or those stuck in doubt and weak faith. Since Jesus Christ has overcome the world, hell, and the devil, the believer can trust in the certain promises of the thrice holy God through our Savior and Redeemer.
see the fresh new book that defends Christian truth:
Truth, Knowledge and the Reason for God: The Defense of the Rational Assurance of Christianity
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kevin on August 17, 2009
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R.C Jr. Certainly saw in the modern church the need for this book. My premature judgment of the book was that it was just going to be a typical feel good book. I thought this for no other reason than the title and my own sinful undue judgment. However, upon readin the book I found a like minded brother in R.C. Jr. who expounded many of the promises we need to treat as such. While he touched on the why and why not the most important thing about this book was the reality expressed and shown. He shows how different people may have different reasons and touched on those but he stressed the common need among man, to Believe God. I am usually slow to read new authors and this was a new author for me, and I can say that I was pleased. Much of what he said gave clarity to many of my own observations and affirmation to my concerns. Overall this book was well done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S.F. on December 15, 2010
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With,"Believing God: Twelve Biblical Promises Christians Struggle to Accept," Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. makes a bold statement that, "Our problem in the evangelical church isn't, I believe, that we aren't trained well enough to grasp the hard teachings of the Bible, but that we are too worldly to believe the plain promises of the Bible. The difficulty isn't that the Bible is esoteric, but that it is profligate. The problem isn't that God speaks with a forked tongue, but that He speaks such incredible promises that we find them to be less than credible. The answer isn't to run from what God speaks, but to run to it."

From there on, reading "Believing God" by Dr.R.C. Sproul and R.C. Sproul Jr. ,was an experience of 161 pages of a simplistic yet detailed breakdown of twelve basic but significant, promises of our Father in Heaven; They are:

1. All Scripture Is Profitable (2 Timothy 3:16)

2. Our Heavenly Father Loves Us (1 John 3:1)

3. Confession, Forgiveness, and Cleansing (1 John 1: 9)

4. Wisdom for the Asking (James 1:5)

5. Children Are a Heritage (Psalm 127)

6. The Desires of Your Heart (Psalm 37:4)

7. Open Windows of Heaven (Malachi 3:10)

8. Mountains Cast into the Sea (Mark 11:22-24)

9. All Things Work Together (Romans 8:28)

10. He Has Overcome the World (John 16:33)

11. The Good Work Shall Be Completed (Philippians 1:6)

12. We Shall Be Like Him (1 John 3:2)

What Dr. Sproul delivers to us, is a look at how we can sometimes take something that is so simple and make it more complicated than it otherwise should be and oh how complicated can we make things sometimes or as the old adage goes, "Too many cooks in the kitchen".
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