Salvation Is More Complicated Than You Think

Salvation Is More Complicated Than You Think
Salvation Is More Complicated Than You Think
William Horsburgh William Horsburgh was trained at the Bible Training Institute in Glasgow, and from there was called to Ryedale to become their first full-time pastor.
01 June, 2009 1 min read

Alan Stanley lectures in Old and New Testament at Mueller College of Ministries, Brisbane, Australia, and is an associate pastor of Buderim Gospel Chapel, Sunshine Coast. His doctoral thesis at Dallas Theological Seminary (2003) was published as a scholarly monograph entitled: ‘Did Jesus teach salvation by works? The role of works in salvation in the Synoptic Gospels’. In the present volume he has, he says, revisited his previous thoughts and made them as clear as possible for a wider readership.

He informs the reader that his purpose in writing is thoroughly pastoral – born of a concern for those within the sphere of gospel churches, who have made a profession of faith and assume that their profession is sufficient to guarantee everlasting life – or as he describes it: ‘once saved, always saved’.

His book is well worth reading. The style is warm and easy to follow, and his explanation of what Jesus teaches about salvation is quite searching – even for those who already embrace the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints.

This book could be valuable material for personal devotions – you’ll be challenged by the Word of God as Mr Stanley addresses questions like: Just who will be saved; Grace and works;  Faith and salvation; Bearing fruit; Loving others; Wealth; Perseverance; and God’s judgement. There is a final chapter of ‘Pastoral reflections’.

Those of us called to preach and teach will find here a valuable resource for the practical application of the Gospels. It could also have great potential for use in Bible study groups.

William Horsburgh was trained at the Bible Training Institute in Glasgow, and from there was called to Ryedale to become their first full-time pastor.
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