Jamen Walker | Category: Library Resources
For this month’s library book highlight, I would like to recommend to you The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance and Assurance. This book is not an easy read. It is very deep and detailed in its scope. It was co- authored by Thomas Schreiner and Ardel B. Caneday. Schreiner was a mentor and professor of Pastor Ben in his seminary days. He is also coming to visit our church later this year in October.
When we first become Christians, many of us struggle with assurance of salvation. We are not secure in our identity with Christ. We are warned in the Bible not to fall away from the faith. We wrestle with questions, such as “How will I know if I will persevere in the faith? How do I know that I won’t encounter a situation in which I will walk away from what I know be true?” Especially “What do I do with the verses in Hebrews which seem to suggest that as a Christian, I can finally reject the gospel and claims of Christ at the peril of my soul?” You will find the answers to all of these questions and more in this book. This book was written as a text book for seminary students. I want to compel any of you that may be struggling with assurance of salvation or who are looking for answers to any questions about the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints to take the time to read this book. We are told to strive to enter the narrow gate, and if we have doubts about our faith, we need to find the answers so that we may answer the many calls to grow and mature in the faith. We are commanded to count the cost of following Christ and not to build our house on sinking sand. The direction of our lives and eternal life is at stake. This is the best book on the market to find the answers to what you need to know.
This book was one of the most important reads in my Christian life. I had a hard struggle with these very questions I have mentioned after becoming a believer. I rightfully lacked confidence in my own resolve to persevere. While we are told to persevere, the book directs us to the many passages in the Bible that show us the truth that God through Christ will accomplish his purpose for us. God is sovereign and He will see to it that those of us who were chosen from the foundation of the world and were put in Christ through the Holy Spirit will endure to the end. Schreiner and Caneday do an excellent job of building the foundation to this, taking the reader step by step through all the texts in Scripture. They weave together a solid network of Scripture passages that will assure us that God is in control and that, as His children, He will see us through to the end. If our faith is genuine, if we believe that Christ is the Son of God, and if we believe that He was sacrificed for our sins and that His Father raised Him from the dead so that we may have eternal life, we can rest assured that He will bring us through whatever trials will come our way even to the worst persecution.
If you are having problems with this subject, please take the time necessary to get the answers you need. Our faith will be weak without them, and our light will not shine before the world the way it could if we are not secure in our joining to Christ. When you have these questions answered, you will have more conviction in your profession of faith and grow more in your knowledge and understanding of the Bible. In addition, you will be a more obedient follower and will be more confident in your evangelism to reach a world that that does not have the hope that is in you.
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