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Salvation by Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration [Kindle Edition]

Matthew M. Barrett
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Book Description

In Salvation by Grace, Matthew Barrett comprehensively defends the doctrine of
monergism (the teaching that regeneration is exclusively the work of God) primarily
by looking at Scripture but also by examining Reformed theologians and confessions.
Barrett also provides a helpful evaluation of both the Arminian position and contemporary
attempts to chart a middle course between Calvinistic and Arminian systems.

“ ‘Salvation is of the Lord.’ All Christians would affirm this good news. Yet only
monergism carries it through to the end, without equivocation. In this winsome and
well-researched defense, Matthew Barrett clears away the brush—caricatures and distortions
on both sides of the debate—to expose the wonder of God’s amazing grace.”
— Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and
Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

“Matthew Barrett’s work on regeneration represents scholarship at its best. His
book is exegetically convincing and theologically profound, with significant pastoral
consequences.”
— Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament
Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

“This is quite simply the most thorough and convincing account of divine sovereignty,
both over the new birth and over effectual calling, that I’ve ever read.”
— Sam Storms, Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bridgeway Church,
Oklahoma City

“Matthew Barrett lays out the historical, theological, and biblical material, and
presents a compelling case for classic anti-Pelagian theology. Very helpful.”
— Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster
Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

Matthew Barrett (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
is assistant professor of Christian studies at California Baptist University and
executive editor of Credo Magazine.


Editorial Reviews

Review

"The nature of grace is central to the Christian faith, and how one defines it speaks volumes about how one understands God, Christ, salvation, and even the church. In this book, Matthew Barrett lays out the historical, theological, and biblical material, and presents a compelling case for classic anti-Pelagian theology. Very helpful."
—Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"This is quite simply the most thorough and convincing account of divine sovereignty, both over the new birth and over effectual calling, that I've ever read. It is historically informed, lucidly written, eminently practical, and, most important of all, biblically faithful. This book, and Matthew Barrett in particular, renews my confidence that the so-called young, restless, and Reformed are in good hands and moving in the right direction. Salvation by Grace merits a wide reading and will undoubtedly prove to be an indispensable resource for the serious student of God's Word. I cannot recommend it too highly."
—Sam Storms, Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

"Matthew Barrett's work on regeneration represents scholarship at its best. His book is exegetically convincing and theologically profound, with significant pastoral consequences. The topic has not been explored in depth in recent scholarship, and hence this book is also timely."
—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

"'Salvation is of the Lord.' All Christians would affirm this good news. Yet only monergism carries it through to the end, without equivocation. In this winsome and well-researched defense, Matthew Barrett clears away the brush—caricatures and distortions on both sides of the debate—to expose the wonder of God's amazing grace. After drawing a precise historical map of the range of views, Barrett engages the relevant passages with fresh insight and energy. His goal is not to win an argument but to win brothers and sisters to a fuller, richer, and more biblical account of the application of redemption."
—Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

"We all desire a view on the doctrines of grace that gives the lion's share to God, both the work and the credit. Here you will find a compelling articulation of a view that does precisely that. Read this book and then rejoice in the God of our salvation, who brings about the miraculous transformation of sinners into saints—all to the praise of his glorious grace."
—Stephen J. Nichols, Research Professor of Christianity and Culture, Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania ---

From the Author

"The nature of grace is central to the Christian faith, and how one defines it speaks volumes about how one understands God, Christ, salvation, and even the church. In this book, Matthew Barrett lays out the historical, theological, and biblical material, and presents a compelling case for classic anti-Pelagian theology. Very helpful."
--Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


"This is quite simply the most thorough and convincing account of divine sovereignty, both over the new birth and over effectual calling, that I've ever read. It is historically informed, lucidly written, eminently practical, and, most important of all, biblically faithful. This book, and Matthew Barrett in particular, renews my confidence that the so-called young, restless, and Reformed are in good hands and moving in the right direction. Salvation by Grace merits a wide reading and will undoubtedly prove to be an indispensable resource for the serious student of God's Word. I cannot recommend it too highly."
--Sam Storms, Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


"Matthew Barrett's work on regeneration represents scholarship at its best. His book is exegetically convincing and theologically profound, with significant pastoral consequences. The topic has not been explored in depth in recent scholarship, and hence this book is also timely."
--Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky


"'Salvation is of the Lord.' All Christians would affirm this good news. Yet only monergism carries it through to the end, without equivocation. In this winsome and well-researched defense, Matthew Barrett clears away the brush--caricatures and distortions on both sides of the debate--to expose the wonder of God's amazing grace. After drawing a precise historical map of the range of views, Barrett engages the relevant passages with fresh insight and energy. His goal is not to win an argument but to win brothers and sisters to a fuller, richer, and more biblical account of the application of redemption."
--Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

"We all desire a view on the doctrines of grace that gives the lion's share to God, both the work and the credit. Here you will find a compelling articulation of a view that does precisely that. Read this book and then rejoice in the God of our salvation, who brings about the miraculous transformation of sinners into saints--all to the praise of his glorious grace." --Stephen J. Nichols, Research Professor of Christianity and Culture, Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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  • File Size: 890 KB
  • Print Length: 429 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1596386436
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  • Publisher: P&R Publishing (July 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new go-to source on the doctrine of regeneration August 30, 2013
Format:Paperback
I remember the first time I grappled with the Biblical teaching of regeneration. I was led into my first approach to this crucial doctrine of Scripture by the excellent guidance of R.C. Sproul in his book Chosen by God -- and it rocked my world. To the glory of God and to my own great joy --- I've never gone back from that initial breaking point in my understanding of such things, and have continued to pursue a deeper understanding of great doctrines such as regeneration since that eye-opening experience many decades ago. I now have a new favorite guidebook into my study of this doctrine.

In this new book Matthew Barrett has produced what is now one of the finest studies of regeneration available to the church today. It is simply superb. Based upon Barrett's dissertation on this subject completed for his degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, this more user-friendly edition of that dissertation will prove to be an extremely valuable addition to the library of any student of God's Word. After a foreword jointly composed by Thomas Schreiner and Bruce Ware, this 388 page tour de force leaves no stone unturned as it marches through the entire scope of Scripture's teaching on this grand theme of the gospel. The Scripture Index alone --- where one can quickly look up texts and gain Barrett's meticulous study on them --- is alone worth the price of the book!

The breadth of both past --- as well as current --- scholars and writers on this theme to which Barrett makes reference -- as well as his consistent focus upon how the truth of regeneration brings such great glory to God -- were two of the things I most appreciated by the way he takes the reader through the texts that deal with this doctrine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book on regeneration October 31, 2013
Format:Paperback
The past five years have seen an explosion of resources aimed at helping Christians think through what the Gospel is and what the Gospel demands. All this writing and preaching on the Gospel is reason for the Church and Christians to rejoice. Before this such valuable resources were so readily available, many Christians were focused more on programs than on the Gospel. Salvation by Grace: The Case For Effectual Calling And Regeneration by Dr. Matthew Barret was written to defend the doctrine of monergism, the teaching that regeneration is exclusively the work of God. Barret focuses on what Scripture teaches on this vital doctrine with a view to examine Reformed theologians and confessions. Along the way, he evaluates both the Arminian position and contemporary attempts to chart a middle course between the Calvinist and Arminian systems.

A few things must be said about this book. First, this book is not for the faint-hearted. Given this book is derived from Dr. Barret's dissertation, he has clearly done his homework researching the subject matter, something that is quite evident as you work though this text. The comprehensive nature of this book may overwhelm some and make them think this is just another attempt by an academician to demonstrate how smart he is. The truth is Barret is concerned about this issue because how we understand the doctrine of regeneration is crucial both to answering the questions of "What is the Gospel?" and "What does the Gospel seek to accomplish?" Regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given (John 3:3-8; Titus 3:5).
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Monergistic versus synergistic regeneration is perhaps the key distinction between Calvinism and Arminiansm. Not only that, but the glory of God is very much at stake in this debate – it’s not just theoretical and academic. While monergistic regeneration (alternatively known as “effectual calling” or “irresistible grace”) is, in the words of B. B. Warfield, “the hinge of Calvinistic soteriology,” this doctrine seems to be significantly in the shadows of predestination/election in contemporary literature. I was therefore very eager to read Matthew Barrett’s book Salvation by Grace, an entire lengthy book dedicated to monergism. This book is an abridged version of Barrett’s doctoral dissertation completed at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary under Thomas Schreiner. The full dissertation is sold by P&R as an ebook entitled Reclaiming Mongergism: The Case for Sovereign Grace in Effectual Calling and Regeneration.

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"The thesis of this project will argue that the biblical view is that God’s saving grace is monergistic – meaning that God acts alone to effectually call and monergistically regenerate the depraved sinner from death to new life – and therefore effectual calling and regeneration causally precede conversion in the ordo salutis, thereby ensuring that all of the glory in salvation belongs to God not man. Stated negatively, God’s grace is not synergistic – meaning that God cooperates with man, giving man the final, determining power to either accept or resist God’s grace – which would result in an ordo salutis where regeneration is causally conditioned upon man’s free will in conversion and, in the Calvinist’s opinion, would rob God of all the glory in salvation" (xxvi).
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