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Chosen for Life: The Case for Divine Election

Format: Digital
, 2007


Sam Storms begins his analysis of divine election with an attempt to clarify precisely what is at stake and, at the same time, correct misrepresentations of it. He takes a thorough look at the doctrine as it is presented in Romans 9 and the rest of the New Testament. He also explores free will and the order of salvation. Appendixes address “Three Problem Passages” and “Who Can and Cannot Pray for God to Save the Lost?”

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  • Corrects misrepresentations of divine election
  • Unfolds the doctrine of divine election as it is presented in the New Testament
  • Explores free will and the order of salvation
  • What Is Divine Election, and Why Is It So Controversial?
  • The Arminian Concept of Election
  • The Calvinistic Concept of Election
  • Freedom of the Will (?)
  • Faith and Repentance: Gifts of God or the Fruit of Free Will?
  • Amazing Grace
  • Unconditional Election (1): The Gospels and Acts
  • Unconditional Election (2): The Epistles and Revelation
  • Unconditional Election (3): Romans 9:1-13
  • Unconditional Election (4): Romans 9:14-23 (1)
  • Unconditional Election (5): Romans 9:14-23 (2)
  • The Order of Salvation
  • Crucial Questions Concerning Election (1)
  • Crucial Questions Concerning Election (2)
  • A Defense of a Defense of Divine Election
Sam Storms’ Chosen for Life is well-conceived, well-reasoned, and well-written, with its arguments anchored in the Scriptures. It is fair, thorough, and up-to-date regarding the controversies that swirl around this vital biblical doctrine.

—Mark Talbot, associate professor of philosophy, Wheaton College

When students have asked me for a concise, clear, pastoral, and practical explanation of election, I have said that Chosen for Life is my top choice. When we read Storms, we see why the doctrine of election matters in our everyday lives. Chosen for Life reflects the work of an accomplished theologian and an experienced pastor. Most important of all, Storms shows that divine election gives all the glory and honor and praise to God for our salvation. Read it, relish in God’s grace, and rejoice!

Thomas R. Schreiner, professor of New Testament interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

This extraordinarily clear and courteous book makes its case without stooping to caricature or invective. It is a fine model of exactly how theological disagreements should be resolved: with respectful listening, careful distinctions, historical awareness, deep reverence for Scripture, and patient exegesis. Storms even reserves space for thoughtful pastoral application. I warmly recommend this book.

D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Sam Storms spent 38 years in ministry as a pastor, professor, and author. He was visiting associate professor of theology at Wheaton College from 2000 to 2004, and is currently senior pastor at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City. He is the author of Convergence: Spiritual Journeys of a Charismatic Calvinist