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In this first volume, Dr. Steven J. Lawson begins a projected five-volume series that traces the unbroken line of men who have taught the truths of God's sovereign grace throughout history. Volume one is devoted to the biblical writers as well as to the Lord Jesus Christ. As Dr. Lawson shows, seven key doctrines emerge repeatedly throughout the Bible divine election and di In this first volume, Dr. Steven J. Lawson begins a projected five-volume series that traces the unbroken line of men who have taught the truths of God's sovereign grace throughout history. Volume one is devoted to the biblical writers as well as to the Lord Jesus Christ. As Dr. Lawson shows, seven key doctrines emerge repeatedly throughout the Bible divine election and divine reprobation, as well as the doctrines of grace. Beginning with Genesis and continuing through Revelation, Dr. Lawson demonstrates God's sovereignty in the administration of His saving grace.


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In this first volume, Dr. Steven J. Lawson begins a projected five-volume series that traces the unbroken line of men who have taught the truths of God's sovereign grace throughout history. Volume one is devoted to the biblical writers as well as to the Lord Jesus Christ. As Dr. Lawson shows, seven key doctrines emerge repeatedly throughout the Bible divine election and di In this first volume, Dr. Steven J. Lawson begins a projected five-volume series that traces the unbroken line of men who have taught the truths of God's sovereign grace throughout history. Volume one is devoted to the biblical writers as well as to the Lord Jesus Christ. As Dr. Lawson shows, seven key doctrines emerge repeatedly throughout the Bible divine election and divine reprobation, as well as the doctrines of grace. Beginning with Genesis and continuing through Revelation, Dr. Lawson demonstrates God's sovereignty in the administration of His saving grace.

30 review for Foundations of Grace, 1400 BC – AD 100

  1. 4 out of 5

    G. A. Dietrich

    Some months ago I reviewed a book called Pillars of Grace by Steven Lawson. That book was the second book in a series called “A Long Line of Godly Men” and this one I present today is the first. I actually read the second book before the first and in this series that is totally appropriate. The books have common themes, however, they don’t build off one another allowing the reader to read them out of order. Foundations of Grace is all about a “great divide.” Lawson says: Geography is not the only Some months ago I reviewed a book called Pillars of Grace by Steven Lawson. That book was the second book in a series called “A Long Line of Godly Men” and this one I present today is the first. I actually read the second book before the first and in this series that is totally appropriate. The books have common themes, however, they don’t build off one another allowing the reader to read them out of order. Foundations of Grace is all about a “great divide.” Lawson says: Geography is not the only place we find a great divide. There is a high ground that runs through church history as well—a Continental Divide of theology. This great divide of doctrine separates two distinctly different streams of thought that flow in opposite directions. To be specific, this determinative high ground is one’s theology of God, man, and salvation. This is the highest of all thought, and it divides all doctrine into two schools. Historically, these two ways of thinking about God and His saving grace have been called by various names. Some have identified them as Augustinianism and Pelagianism. Others have named them Calvinism and Arminianism. Still others have defined them as Reformed and Catholic, while others have used the terms predestination and free will. But by whatever name, these streams are determined by the Continental Divide of theology. (21) Lawson very capably takes these two contrary ideas of theology and looks at each book of the Bible and the long line of godly men represented within. Lawson is wonderful to read and his understanding of church history bleeds through the pages as he explains the sovereignty of God in peoples lives. Because the scope of this volume covers the entire Bible this volume is quite large (580 pages). However, each chapter stands alone as a very helpful unit and addition to the conversation. Where many people might be intimidated by large books, this one is helpful because of the clearly defined chapters and objectives of each chapter. I heartily recommend this work to anyone with an interest in church history and those who want to see how the Bible does in fact teach the difference between Calvinism and Arminianism. FTC Rhetoric: I do not receive payment for my book reviews. I do sometimes receive free review and giveaway copies from authors, publishers, and publicists. My first responsibility is to my readers, therefore, I am committed to honest reviews.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robert Reed

    This book does a fine job of teaching the Doctrines of Grace, but it hurts itself with too much evidence. While it was a blessing to see the themes as the flow through the OT, it comes off at times as if he is beating a dead horse. I am a calvinist and I still couldn't help but flip through some pages while thinking, "ok, I get it...let's move along." I do have to praise this work as it is a well formed argument, I have no doubt I will use this as a resource in the future. This book does a fine job of teaching the Doctrines of Grace, but it hurts itself with too much evidence. While it was a blessing to see the themes as the flow through the OT, it comes off at times as if he is beating a dead horse. I am a calvinist and I still couldn't help but flip through some pages while thinking, "ok, I get it...let's move along." I do have to praise this work as it is a well formed argument, I have no doubt I will use this as a resource in the future.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Beck

    Are the doctrines of God's sovereign grace found throughout the Bible? Lawson takes us on a journey and shows that indeed these doctrines can be found in every part of Scripture. Read it and be blessed by this in-depth study of the Word. Highly recommended. Are the doctrines of God's sovereign grace found throughout the Bible? Lawson takes us on a journey and shows that indeed these doctrines can be found in every part of Scripture. Read it and be blessed by this in-depth study of the Word. Highly recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Some warnings about this book. It probably should not be read through in a few sittings. Lawson is tracking 5-7 themes through the canon of scripture. Because of this, just reading it through may feel like he's beating a dead horse. This is a large book making 1 point. Great for reflections or reference, but not an afternoon read. Some warnings about this book. It probably should not be read through in a few sittings. Lawson is tracking 5-7 themes through the canon of scripture. Because of this, just reading it through may feel like he's beating a dead horse. This is a large book making 1 point. Great for reflections or reference, but not an afternoon read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Romero

    giving this 5 stars not just because of content. not just because of a great writer. not just because of a fantastic "content-disect-magnify-repeat-study questions" format. but that Lawson took us stitch by stitch along the thread of God's grace through scripture.... a great read that took me through my bible digging for God's golden Grace and made me just keep wanting to see it more and more! i started the 2nd book in this volume and it was just as good!!! can't wait for the rest of this volume giving this 5 stars not just because of content. not just because of a great writer. not just because of a fantastic "content-disect-magnify-repeat-study questions" format. but that Lawson took us stitch by stitch along the thread of God's grace through scripture.... a great read that took me through my bible digging for God's golden Grace and made me just keep wanting to see it more and more! i started the 2nd book in this volume and it was just as good!!! can't wait for the rest of this volume to be available!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Josiah Richardson

    Lawson goes through every book of the Bible and showcases each happenstance that lines up with TULIP. Very interesting for books that we typically think would be showing, for instance, the perseverance of the saints in Esther. Very repetitive, however.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cool Papa

    Second time through this excellent book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Steven Lawson's Foundations of Grace is the first volume in the A Long Line of Godly Men series. Volume 2, Pillars of Grace will be released in March and after diving into this text I am even more excited than I already was. The series traces the Doctrines of God's Sovereign Grace throughout history. Foundations of Grace deals with the doctrines as found in Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation....literally, Lawson traces these doctrines as presented by Moses in Genesis, John in Revelation and j Steven Lawson's Foundations of Grace is the first volume in the A Long Line of Godly Men series. Volume 2, Pillars of Grace will be released in March and after diving into this text I am even more excited than I already was. The series traces the Doctrines of God's Sovereign Grace throughout history. Foundations of Grace deals with the doctrines as found in Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation....literally, Lawson traces these doctrines as presented by Moses in Genesis, John in Revelation and just about every book in between. John Macarthur gives a foreword, Divine Immutability and the Doctrines of Grace, for the book that follows in the pattern of JI Packer's introduction to Owen's Death of Death. By that I mean, Macarthur's foreword is of such high quality that you somewhat fear it will outshine the text itself. However, just like with Death of Death, that fear is unwarranted. As great as both forewords are, the main texts both live up to the quality that is found in these first few pages. Foundations of Grace feels much like a Steven Lawson sermon: extensive, organized, enjoyable and understandable. Lawson has become one of my favorite theology writers of this generation, in large part due to the fact that his writing is very pastoral rather than academic. It is always fun to dive into some Edwards, Owen, Sproul, Horton, etc... but oftentimes I need to go to more pastoral sources; Piper, Baxter, Lawson, etc... From those examples I hope it is clear that you do not lose depth with these men, but they definitely are blessed with a way of putting complex concepts into simplistic terms and repeating/rephrasing without being boring or repetitive. The basic structure of the book is to isolate a biblical author, beginning with Moses and to see the Doctrines of Grace as presented in these books. As you go through this, Lawson will interject a more specific look at certain doctrine. These “Doctrine in Focus” sections cover all the Doctrines of Grace, beginning with God's Sovereignty, Radical Depravity,Sovereign Election, Definite Atonement, Irresistible Call and Preserving Grace. Lawson draws out all the passages from these Biblical books that lay out these God-exalting, man-diminishing truths of God's Word. He also does a great job in presenting God's Sovereignty as the overarching, all-encompassing truth of this theological system. “The Doctrines of Grace are a cohesive system of theology in which the Sovereignty of God is clearly displayed in the salvation of elect sinners.”(page 30) As JI Packer has been known to say, there is not 5 points to Calvinism. There is one point:God is sovereign. Once you honestly embrace this truth of Scripture, all of the rest fall neatly into place. With all of the current interest in reformed theology, and the controversy that seems to inevitably surround it, a text like Foundations of Grace is much needed. For those who hold to these doctrines, Foundations of Grace is a great refresher and encouragement that these truths date much further back than Calvin or Augustine. For those opposed to these truths, Lawson presents a wonderfully organized, clear, and Bible-based arguments for the Doctrines of Grace. This book needs to be in everyone's library because the truths it so wonderfully presents are, dare I say, foundational!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    The book sets out to be a comprehensive look at the different passages in Scripture that evidence the underlying themes of the Calvinist perspective, and it does a good job of that as a whole. There were only a couple of interpretations that felt stretched, and Lawson demonstrated a deep grasp of the passages being covered. It was incredibly helpful to see how the principles of grace are taught all throughout Scripture and I really appreciated Lawson's perspective on this. Also of note is Lawson' The book sets out to be a comprehensive look at the different passages in Scripture that evidence the underlying themes of the Calvinist perspective, and it does a good job of that as a whole. There were only a couple of interpretations that felt stretched, and Lawson demonstrated a deep grasp of the passages being covered. It was incredibly helpful to see how the principles of grace are taught all throughout Scripture and I really appreciated Lawson's perspective on this. Also of note is Lawson's rhetoric. Simply put, Lawson utilizes some of the highest and most beautiful rhetoric I've heard in defending the doctrines of grace. The first chapter in particular is just an awe-inspiring declamation of the glory of God and every time he came back to it, he pointed me right back to the One who really matters in all this. For an Arminian who happened to pick this up, I'd imagine this sort of rhetoric could be rather off-putting, but for my purposes, I didn't mind it. This is probably best read by someone who is in a more Calvinist camp or is leaning Calvinist, but who wants to see evidence for this being written all across Scripture. Because it is primarily a defense by example, I'm not sure if a committed Arminian would find it helpful as a summary/defense of the Calvinist position. But as a Calvinist looking to see the breadth of these doctrines throughout Scripture, this book was helpful and appreciated.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Christopher

    First let me state that I am a 5 point Calvinist.....so my theology is in line with Lawson's. I looked forward to this book because I was interested to see the Doctrines of Grace portrayed in the Old Testament. I will say that IMO, Lawson demonstrated that while the Sovereignty of God and the Total Depravity of Man are most definitely taught as doctrine in the Old Testament, and that there are (in the OT) "pictures" unconditional election, definite redemption, effectual grace and perseverance, b First let me state that I am a 5 point Calvinist.....so my theology is in line with Lawson's. I looked forward to this book because I was interested to see the Doctrines of Grace portrayed in the Old Testament. I will say that IMO, Lawson demonstrated that while the Sovereignty of God and the Total Depravity of Man are most definitely taught as doctrine in the Old Testament, and that there are (in the OT) "pictures" unconditional election, definite redemption, effectual grace and perseverance, but I do not think that he proves his point. He cherry picks verses out of context and in one instance omits a passage that does seem to offer proof of definite redemption (1Samuel 3:12-14). Of course the New Testament is a different story since and he does prove his points here. However, I was disappointed in the Old Testament portion of the book. While I agree with him theologically I do not believe that this book accomplishes what he intended for it to do. I agree with Greg Koukl that one should never read a Bible verse, that is, to take a verse alone without considering the context of the entire passage. Lawson does not always do this in this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    V Luttrell

    Understanding the doctrines of grace will give you a clearer picture of God’s sovereignty. From the lawgiver Moses to the apostle John, and from the early church fathers to modern defenders of the faith, there has marched onto the stage of human history a long line of godly men, a triumphant parade of spiritual stalwarts who have upheld the doctrines of grace. In this book, the first in the three-volume A Long Line of Godly Men series, Dr. Steven J. Lawson takes you on a heart-stirring survey of Understanding the doctrines of grace will give you a clearer picture of God’s sovereignty. From the lawgiver Moses to the apostle John, and from the early church fathers to modern defenders of the faith, there has marched onto the stage of human history a long line of godly men, a triumphant parade of spiritual stalwarts who have upheld the doctrines of grace. In this book, the first in the three-volume A Long Line of Godly Men series, Dr. Steven J. Lawson takes you on a heart-stirring survey of the Scriptures to show that the Bible in its entirety teaches the doctrines of grace I was delighted with this book all the way and would highly recommend it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lincoln Forlong

    Steve Lawson has done it again. He's taken a huge chunk of historical theology and condensed it into one volume with typical head on prescision. Due to the nature of the subject and material Steve is addressing, it tends to be a little repeadative. However, the wealth of biblical truth exposed is breath-taking. Lawson leaves no room for misunderstanding - God is God and His Word is absolutely authorative. God's sovereignty is infinite and beyond question or challenge. Every student of theology sho Steve Lawson has done it again. He's taken a huge chunk of historical theology and condensed it into one volume with typical head on prescision. Due to the nature of the subject and material Steve is addressing, it tends to be a little repeadative. However, the wealth of biblical truth exposed is breath-taking. Lawson leaves no room for misunderstanding - God is God and His Word is absolutely authorative. God's sovereignty is infinite and beyond question or challenge. Every student of theology should read this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Larry Gales

    This is a great book. I was an Arminian when I was introduced to this book. Along with its teaching in Scripture, it wasn't long before my belief was challenged and shook. To say the least, the foundation I was standing upon was built on sand (lies). God opened my eyes to His grace, and now the foundation I stand on is solid Rock! The Doctrines of Grace...saved my life! Soli Deo Gloria. This is a great book. I was an Arminian when I was introduced to this book. Along with its teaching in Scripture, it wasn't long before my belief was challenged and shook. To say the least, the foundation I was standing upon was built on sand (lies). God opened my eyes to His grace, and now the foundation I stand on is solid Rock! The Doctrines of Grace...saved my life! Soli Deo Gloria.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Nuckols

    This book is the definition of being hit over the head with the truth of God's word. Beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelation, Lawson follows five to seven points of the Doctrines of Grace and supports each biblically. Anyone who claims that Calvinism is a man-made doctrine needs to read their bibles. This book is the definition of being hit over the head with the truth of God's word. Beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelation, Lawson follows five to seven points of the Doctrines of Grace and supports each biblically. Anyone who claims that Calvinism is a man-made doctrine needs to read their bibles.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Excellent book. Steve Lawson uses Scripture extensively and many quotes from well respected theologians to thoroughly explain the doctrines of grace. I love the quotes which begin each chapter, as well as the discussion study questions at the end of each chapter. I'm reading this book for the second time and feel like I can confidently defend my theological beliefs much more precisely now. Excellent book. Steve Lawson uses Scripture extensively and many quotes from well respected theologians to thoroughly explain the doctrines of grace. I love the quotes which begin each chapter, as well as the discussion study questions at the end of each chapter. I'm reading this book for the second time and feel like I can confidently defend my theological beliefs much more precisely now.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brian Jonson

    This may be the most repetitive theological work I've yet encountered. It was a chore to finish this. Dr. Lawson proof-texted his way from Genesis to Revelation, offering passages that support (or seem to support) Calvinism without any interaction with the ones that don't. Ugh... This may be the most repetitive theological work I've yet encountered. It was a chore to finish this. Dr. Lawson proof-texted his way from Genesis to Revelation, offering passages that support (or seem to support) Calvinism without any interaction with the ones that don't. Ugh...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    My review here: http://lunchboxsw.wordpress.com/2011/... My review here: http://lunchboxsw.wordpress.com/2011/...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Mcdanell

    Read my review here. Read my review here.

  19. 5 out of 5

    David

    Wow, a great book fully and comprehensively expositing the Bible to support the Doctrines of Grace. Excellent book and reference for later usage.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Brandenburg

    Very encouraging!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Charles John

    Steven Lawson goes through each book of the bible and clearly shows the doctrines of Grace throughout God's word. This is a must have book! Steven Lawson goes through each book of the bible and clearly shows the doctrines of Grace throughout God's word. This is a must have book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eddie Lutz

    A unique work that covers literally every Scripture that stands as the foundation of the Reformed Doctrines of Grace. Well done and comprehensive.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Foundations of Grace (Long Line of Godly Men) by Steven J. Lawson (2006)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Clayton

  25. 5 out of 5

    Terrence Banks

  26. 5 out of 5

    John

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie Farrell

  28. 4 out of 5

    Monique Cordero

  29. 5 out of 5

    Drew

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nina Peck

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