Prepared by Grace, for Grace Review

Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley. Prepared by Grace, for Grace: The Puritans on God’s Way of Leading Sinners to Christ. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2013. $16.87 (Amazon). 297 pp. If you are a Christian, you have no doubt wondered whether conversion is a gradual process or a punctiliar event. Does God simply seize people apart from their will or does he carefully woo them? Whether or not we know the answer exactly, we can be sure that God uses the ordinary things of life to drive people to his Son. The Puritan doctrine of preparation is … Continue reading Prepared by Grace, for Grace Review

David Platt on How We Should Respond to the Gospel

You are not saved because you prayed a prayer or went to the front row during an evangelistic event. Here, David Platt talks about “the sinner’s prayer” and what a biblical response to the gospel looks like. If you are looking for a few resources on conversion and response to the gospel, let me suggest two books. J.D. Greear has written a wonderful little book called Stop Asking Jesus into  Your Heart. I recently reviewed this book. Also, Gordon Smith has written a more comprehensive and academic book on conversion called Transforming Conversion: Rethinking the Language and Contours of Christian Initiation. Smith’s book is … Continue reading David Platt on How We Should Respond to the Gospel

The Importance of Conversion in the Church

Scripture is clear in teaching that we are not all journeying toward God–some having found Him, others still seeking. Instead, Scripture presents us as needing to have our hearts replaced, our minds transformed, our spirits given life. We can do none of this for ourselves. The change each human needs, regardless of how we may outwardly appear, is so radical, so near our roots, that only God can bring it about. We need God to convert us…I fear that one of the results of misunderstanding the Bible’s teaching on conversion may well be that evangelical churches are full of people … Continue reading The Importance of Conversion in the Church

China Daily reports on a student’s conversion

China Daily, China’s official English newspaper, ran a short article yesterday about a college student’s conversion to Jesus. This is pretty amazing, given the fact that China is still a communist nation, and the newspaper is government owned.  Even though persecution exists there, this story shows that God is most definitely working in China.  Let’s be praying for this nation! Continue reading China Daily reports on a student’s conversion