Resources on the Doctrine of Sovereign Grace
New to terms like "Reformed" or "election" or "sovereignty"?
Here's how we sum this up:
Scripture presents the all-glorious, triune God as the source and end of all things (Romans 11:36), sovereignly working all things according to His will (Ephesians 1:11). At the center of God’s purposes in the world is the exaltation of His glory through the redemption of sinners (John 17:1–26). To this end, we believe that God sovereignly chooses men and women to be saved in order to display His immeasurable grace and glory (Ephesians 1:3–6; Romans 9:11). God’s sovereign grace in salvation humbles us, fills us with gratitude, and compels us to worship Him and share the message of His grace to all people.
Look through the list below to learn more about this important and beautiful doctrine. Throught the list we hope you'll see one clear truth shining through:
God's saving grace is sovereign grace.
Statement of Faith // Alongside our partners around the world we hold to the Sovereign Grace Statement of Faith. We particularly encourage you start by looking up the Scripture references in each section. The statement is our best attempt to sum up what the Bible says but our authority is the Bible itself.
The God Who Saves // Pastor Rick Gamache summarizes this doctrine and what it means for us in just a few pages. Read the very helpful summary for yourself.
A Defense of Calvinism // 19th century preacher Charles Spurgeon was known as a the "Prince of Preachers" in his day, and one of England's most passionate preachers and evangelists. But the doctrinal foundation of God's sovereignty is what held up his ministry. Read as he defends the doctrine for yourself in winsome and punchy style.
Systematic Theology and/or Bible Doctrine // Theologian Wayne Grudem has a gift for summarizing the Bible's teaching in a concise and clear way. Read his larger Systematic Theology or shorter version called Bible Doctrine. Not only will it serve you on the topic of sovereign grace but it will also serve as a trustworthy guide on many issues.
Chosen by God // R.C. Sproul's summary of the doctrine of sovereign grace is warm and yet substantive introduction. Find the book "Chosen by God" at your favorite online bookstore or watch his series of lectures on it free on YouTube.
Five Points of Calvinism (ed. Steele) // The title may be intimidating but one of the most helpful parts of the book is that it simply collected all the verses in Scripture on certain topics together in one place and adds important historical context. If you find yourself struggling with the doctrine this may be a helpful place to go as it so clearly lets the Bible speak for itself.