Brian Russell subtitles this book “An explanation of the sovereignty of God and our experience of His saving grace.” He seeks not only to make clear what the Bible teaches about God’s complete sovereignty in salvation, but to apply it to the life of the believer from conversion to glorification. His concern is to show how “the doctrines of grace,” and traditionally “the five points of Calvinism” are the very heart of the biblical Gospel, and that far from being, as some have claimed, an enemy to evangelism, rightly understood these great truths are the great spur to Gospel preaching and give us our assurance and confidence in the triumph of the message we proclaim. Moreover, this is the authentic Gospel which gives all the glory where it belongs—to God alone.
As he briefly outlines, these truths have been a battleground between Christians over the centuries. However, he does not write in any contentious spirit but humbly and graciously, yet in the conviction that much modern preaching falls sadly short of the true Gospel which shows sinners their utter need of God’s free and sovereign grace. As he says, “the need for such preaching cannot be too strongly emphasized.”
This book is for you if you have recently come to an awareness of these doctrines, if you have long held them as “your” doctrinal position but want to be sure of their application in your Christian life, or indeed if you want to consider seriously what the Bible teaches about the “grace of God that brings salvation” (Titus 2:11).
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- Studies God’s sovereignty and saving grace
- Analyzes the five points of Calvinism
- Presents a chronological order of salvation
- Part I: The Sovereignty of God’s Saving Grace
- Its Necessity: Total Depravity
- Its Autonomy: Unconditional Election
- Its Particularity: Limited Atonement
- Its Invincibility: Irresistible Grace
- Its Finality: The Perseverance of the Saints
- Part II: The Experience of God’s Saving Grace
- The Order of Salvation
- Title: Saved by Grace: From First to Last: An Explanation of the Sovereignty of God and Our Experience of His Saving Grace
- Author: Brian A. Russell
- Publisher: Evangelical Press
- Publication Date: 2012
- Pages: 240
About Brian A. Russell
Brian A. Russell was born in South Africa and was converted at the age of 17. After working in the gold-mining industry for six years, he studied at the University of South Africa and the Baptist Theological College, Johannesburg, before entering the pastoral ministry in 1962. He has served churches in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Virginia, USA (where he now lives). He is the author of Baptism: Sign and Seal of the Covenant of Grace, Totally Committed to Christ, and The Greatest Prayer Every Prayed.