Many today hold to what has become known as the Five Points of Calvinism, or the doctrines of grace. They comprise the five points of Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace and the Perseverance of the Saints. But did Augustine believe these same “Calvinistic” doctrines? Is Augustine’s theological view of sin, election, the death of Christ, regeneration and sanctification the same as the Reformers, the Puritans, or even those who hold to the Gospel of Grace today? This work is a survey of that question and demonstrates from Augustine’s works that he was, undoubtedly, a Calvinist.
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Today evangelicalism is equated with Arminianism, or some type of watered down Arminianism. But Arminianism is not the Gospel no matter what form it comes in. So asking, “What does it mean to believe the Gospel?” is of grave importance. How is a person saved by the work of Jesus Christ? How does true “Gospel Faith” actually work? Does it “work” at all? Contemporary Christendom has been thrown into theological confusion in recent decades and there is a need to rescue the Biblical Gospel from the errors plaguing the church today. This book exists to correct some of those views and explain the basics of true Reformed Theology. It presents a high standard of believing what God truly says about salvation and explores how faith works in believing the Biblical Gospel contained in the pages of Scripture.
This book gives the Christian the proper hermeneutical tools to define “God’s will” and how that will works in and through redemptive history.
It also aids the reader to distinguish between the two systems of Arminianism and Calvinism, and demonstrates why Arminianism and Hyper-Calvinism are biblically inconsistent.
The purpose of the workbook is to come into a deeper knowledge and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ as he has revealed himself to the church in his Word and by his Spirit through the centuries in Reformed Theology. The workbook covers logic, hermeneutics, theology, creeds and confessions, covenant theology, worship, the sovereignty of God, the solas of the reformation, the doctrines of grace, church government, and much, much more. It extensively quotes the early church fathers, the Reformers, the Puritans, and Reformed theologians from various ages in order to aid the Reformed Apprentice in coming to a knowledge of what truly constitutes Reformed Theology and the Reformed Faith.
This workbook is not to be completed in a short timeframe, nor is it governed by a specific amount of time. The Reformed Apprentice has as much time to complete each section at their own pace as they need in order to walk more closely with Jesus Christ.