Shepherding a church to Calvinism

It’s exciting to see so many popular leaders taking a strong and clear stand on the doctrines of grace, also known under the title of ‘Calvinism.’ Many of you see the biblical accuracy of these doctrines but have a congregation requiring some convincing. Here are some resources you may find beneficial.

A book that may help. The Doctrines of Grace: Rediscovering the Evangelical Gospel by James Montgomery Boice and Philip Graham Ryken (Crossway, 2002) does an excellent job in clearly explaining each of the TULIP doctrines. But it goes further by explaining why churches and culture NEED the doctrines of grace. It is an excellent book in showing the connection between these doctrines and how their demise brings theological liberalism in its place. The Calvinist’s life is one of humble service to the betterment of culture, they argue. It is a well-balanced book of doctrine and practice showing that Calvinism is not only biblically accurate but that the needs of the church and society require it, too.

Book #2. The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination by Loraine Boettner is a classic. I love the straightforwardness of it — biblically deep and simple. Answers objections thoroughly.

Sermons that may help. And on the same note, I would recommend you pay attention to how one pastor is leading his congregation into the doctrines of grace. This Sunday Ethan Burmeister, pastor of Core Community Church in Omaha, NE (Acts 29) began an expositional study through Ephesians. This series is very significant in the life of the church. If you are about to attempt this transition, you will find his context and approach beneficial. The audio versions of these sermons can be heard through their website here.

One thought on “Shepherding a church to Calvinism

  1. Thanks for your resources. I have just found your website and am already being blessed by it. I agree this is something the church needs – the doctrines of grace offer a perspective of salvation through the lens of God’s sovereignty. I will put the book on my list of “need to read.”

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