3 Book Bundle
Assurance of Salvation
Lack of assurance is a big deal.
When clouds of doubt block the sunshine of our assurance of salvation, a sense of foreboding plagues us. The fear of hell becomes a sobering reality, leading to loss of joy and strength. We also leave the ground of victory. We lose confidence in accessing Jesus by faith because of our uncertainty over whether we even have Jesus. Such a person can be overcome by the world instead of overcoming through faith.
Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Jesus came that we might have life—salvation. He implied that we would know that we have life—assurance. Jesus also came that we might live life abundantly—revival. But too many believers are missing out on assurance and the abundant life that accompanies it because they fear they aren’t saved.
For the sincere soul who is plagued with doubt over his or her salvation, it is a big deal. But take heart! In Assurance of Salvation, John Van Gelderen shows us how we can have eternal life, know that we have it, and live it abundantly, based on the infallible Word of God.
Repentance & Faith
Two extremes exist in evangelism today.
Easy-believism seeks numbers of salvation decisions, but often at the expense of real transactions of faith for salvation. High-pressure tactics and not giving people time for understanding and Holy Spirit conviction lead to acknowledgment-only decisions. As a result, many people believe that they are saved when they are not.
Lordship salvation takes the opposite approach. Not wanting surface decisions, it adds spiritual-growth truth to the moment of spiritual birth. This confusion of the process of discipleship with becoming a disciple can subtly mix works with salvation and, again, lead people to think that they are saved when they are not.
Repentance and Faith: Two Sides to One Decision addresses these extremes and clarifies Jesus’ gospel message: to be saved, we must repent and believe the gospel. This message will help you avoid both extremes of easy-believism and lordship salvation and strengthen you to proclaim the biblical gospel of dependence on Jesus Christ alone.
The Liberating Life of Jesus
As a young Christian minister, John Van Gelderen held to the letter of the law, focusing on separation from the world. Then the Lord showed him that much of his Christian life was works oriented instead of Spirit filled. John needed to change his focus from the law to the person of Jesus.Other Christians focus on an opposite goal: a lax version of Christianity, which seeks to avoid legalism but actually embraces its own ideas of freedom that can lead to fleshly living. This leads to license. To live the Spirit-filled life, our goal cannot be law or license. It must be a person: Jesus. The Liberating Life of Jesus shows us that in Jesus, we are free—not controlled by legalism or led astray by license. This is true Christian liberty found in the liberating life of Jesus!
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