Foundations of Grace by Steven J. Lawson is a wonderful book for those who are in search of evidence to support the doctrine of grace. I can only imagine how daunting this must have been to write but Lawson did a fair, fantastic job.
In the Evangelical, Christian community the doctrine of grace can be a hard pill to swallow. Lawson lays it out so clearly that it is hard to reject these evidences. He also does a great job in the beginning of book defining what it is he’s exploring. It thoroughly explains what the doctrine of grace even is- which is tremendously helpful.
From Moses to the Gospel of John and Revelation Lawson shows that the sovereignty of God reigns true through out all of time- through the support of scripture. It clearly points out that the doctrine of grace isn’t a new concept that we only see in the book of Romans. It shines light on common ignorance. He proclaims truth with scripture to back it up. He says, “God cannot change, His Word cannot change, and His purpose cannot change. His truth is the same because He is the Truth.” (pg 8)
Lawson does a great job in making the book readable for people of all ages. Many authors get lost in fancy jargon but Lawson keeps it clear and concise. This book is a great tool for learning and sharing knowledge of Election. It is helpful that through each chapter Lawson focuses on a certain doctrine: irresistible call, preserving grace, radical depravity, definite atonement, sovereign election etc. By the end of the book you will be a believer in TULIP without even know that the acronym exists. It’s also a great book to read with other people as it gives study questions at the end of each chapter. This book is a great tool to help you learn more about the unyielding character of God.
Why should you read this? Lawson makes that clear also:
“The doctrine of election, then, is at the very heart of redemptive history. It
is not some insignificant, esoteric doctrine that can be trivialized or relegated
to seminary classroom debates. Rather, it is at the center of how we under-
stand salvation and the church. It informs our evangelism, our preaching, and
our identity as the body of Christ.” (pg. 18)
(To comply with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I was asked that I would note in my review that I received a free copy of this book in return for my review from Reformation Trust. I am not obliged in any way to write a positive review.)