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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (July 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581344171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581344172
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R.C. Sproul is known for his ability to communicate deep, practical truths from God's Word. He serves as distinquished professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Dr. R.C. Sproul is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Fla. He is also co-pastor of Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Fla., chancellor of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. He can be heard on the radio program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and around the world, and on RefNet 24-hour Christian internet radio. Dr. Sproul has contributed dozens of articles to national evangelical publications, has spoken at conferences, churches, and schools around the world, and has written more than ninety books, including The Holiness of God, Faith Alone, and Everyone's a Theologian. He also serves as general editor of The Reformation Study Bible.

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R.C. Sproul has a way of bringing difficult concepts down to an easy to understand level.
Robert F. Walters
Today's version of the old pamphlet, what I call "giveaways," is often a small hardback or paperback publication, well designed, written and printed.
Keith Heapes
It is about being right with God, so one will not receive eternal punishment through the hand of God.
Philip S Roeda

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Philip S Roeda on June 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Two Quotes from page forty-five:

"However, when the scripture tells us that God saves us, that salvation is of the Lord, we tend to forget that salvation is from the Lord."

"The last thing in the World the impenitent sinner ever wants to meet on the other side of the grave is God."

The book is titled Saved From What. The What is God. One does not want to suffer under the wrath of God. Man cannot understand God's Grace unless one understands God's Holiness; part of God's Holiness is His hatred of sin. God is a righteous god; He demands man be punished when he wrongs God. Yes, God seeks a contrite heart.

R.C. Sproul has written a complete text on the Holiness of God; he has written a complete text about man's shattered image since man's original sin; he has written several texts about God's Grace; in many text he has made clear the distinction between mercy and justice. Saved From What incorporates these concepts into explaining why God sent an innocent man to die for the guilty. Why did God the Father send His only Son Jesus to earth to live and suffer under the torments of fallen man, to be humiliated by fallen man, and to be executed by fallen man. Why did Jesus suffer as a sinner when He Himself knew not sin? Why was this all needed so repented fallen man may not receive eternal damnation. R.C. Sproul makes clear the impenitent have no part as adopted Children of God the Father.

I do not believe one can share one's Christian faith unless one has a clear concept of God, man's sin, and his need for forgiveness. This book aims to give a clear short explanation of the Good News. The Good News is not about curing physical illness or financial distress. It is about one's relationship with God.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David J. Emery on August 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The mantra of the evangelical Christian is, "I'm saved." But how often do we actually think about that statement and what it really means? Saved from what? Saved from God. This is central to orthodox Christianity, yet it is something so many people either ignore, try to debunk, or just plain don't understand. Sproul, in this book, lays bare the great danger in which we find ourselves when we turn our backs on the God who saved us. Yes. He saved us. We are saved from God, we are saved by God, and we are saved for God. This concept is obviously a controversial and emotionally charged issue, as evidenced by another review I recently read. The reviewer is obviously offended by the very idea that God's justice demands payment for our sins, and punishment for our crimes. But if this isn't the case, then what does it mean to be saved? If Jesus' suffering means nothing, as this reviewer claims, then we are still under the law, still condemned, and still destined for hell. This is justice, because it's what we deserve.

When we understand how heinous our sin is, we can begin to realize how great the miracle of salvation by God, through His Son, really is. We can begin to fathom what it means to say that God is love. This book is not scripture in itself, but every claim that Sproul makes is backed by the Bible. God does not desire suffering for us. A good God does not want His creatures to suffer. But because God is good, and not just good, but HOLY, He cannot ignore evil because it offends His very goodness. Therefore, an appropriate companion to this book is another by Sproul, "The Holiness of God." When I read the aforementioned review, it made me cringe, because it showed just how little understanding many people have of God's holiness. Truth and scripture are eternal.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amanda S. Killgore on June 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
By now, you have probably at least HEARD about the Passion, and hopefully seen it as well. But for all the movie's merits, Mel never told us why those whips fell, or why the cross. Unless you knew the story from Genesis onward, the Passion of Christ would deserve the snide remarks about its excessive violence. It'd be just another gore flick. But, books like this one explain the why, what Jesus accomplished. It's concise and clear, straight to the heart ,and to the point. Like RC's radio program, it has a slight humorous slant, and is very informative. After reading this, you have a clear picture of grace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Heapes VINE VOICE on August 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have noticed that it has become popular for a number of authors to write short books or booklets (less than 100 pages) on a particular subject or point of doctrine. In the past, these were called pamphlets or tracts and were very inexpensive, usually small pocket-sized paper publications. Often the problem with these pamphlets was they looked cheap, were poorly written and printed, and had unappealing artwork. Hence, they usually ended up, though not always, unread and in the trash.

Today's version of the old pamphlet, what I call "giveaways," is often a small hardback or paperback publication, well designed, written and printed. R.C. Sproul's book titled Saved from What? is one of those. As so often is the case with Sproul, the idea for this book came from his vivid memory of an experience he had back in the late 60's when he was a professor of theology at the Conwell School of Theology in Philadelphia. As he was walking to class, his way was blocked by a gentleman who looked him directly in the eye and asked, "Are you saved?" Not knowing quite what to say, Sproul says he responded with the first words that came to his mind, "Saved from what?"

Great question! Sproul proceeds from that important question and presents the answer in this short, but informative study. The book is divided into three parts, each asking a slightly different question.

Part 1 - Saved "from" What? (Heb 10:31; Rom 1:18)

Part 2 - Saved "by" What? (1 Cor 2:1-2; 15:1-4)

Part 3 - Saved "for" What? (John 14:1-4)

These three questions posed by Sproul are really the heart and soul of the gospel message. Without asking and answering them accurately, we will fail to proclaim the whole gospel message.
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