Chosen for Life
The Case for Divine Election
Divine election is certainly one of the more profound—and controversial—doctrines in the Bible. Does God elect people because they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, or does God elect people in order that they will believe in Christ? Much of the disagreement and controversy concerning this doctrine proceeds from a fundamental misunderstanding of what it means.
This is why Storms begins his analysis of divine election with an attempt to clarify precisely what is at stake and, at the same time, correct misrepresentations of it. He takes a thorough look at the doctrine as it is presented in Romans 9 as well as the rest of the New Testament.
Author Storms also explores freedom of will and the order of salvation. Appendixes address:
* “Three Problem Passages” and
* “Who Can and Cannot Pray for God to Save the Lost?”
“I can’t know and love and serve God if I don’t know truth about God. This book describes God the way he really is.”
— John Piper, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis
“Sam Storms’s Chosen for Life is well-conceived, well-reasoned, and well-written, with its arguments anchored in the Scriptures. It is fair, thorough, and up-to-date regarding the controversies that swirl around this vital biblical doctrine.”
— Mark Talbot, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Wheaton College
About the Author
In August of 1985 Sam accepted a call to serve as Senior Pastor of Christ Community in Ardmore, Oklahoma, where he ministered for eight years. In 1993 he resigned his position in order to become President of Grace Training Center, the full-time bible school at Metro Christian Fellowship in Kansas City, Missouri, where Sam also served as Associate Pastor.
Although he never thought he would leave Kansas City, God had other plans, and in August of 2000 Sam accepted the offer to become an associate professor of theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. After four years on the faculty at Wheaton, Sam made the decision to resign in order that he might establish Enjoying God Ministries.
In 2008 Sam became Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sam is on the Board of Directors of both Desiring God and Bethlehem College & Seminary, and also serves as a member of the Council of The Gospel Coalition. Sam is serving as the 2017 President of the Evangelical Theological Society.
- What is Divine Election and Why is it so Controversial?
- The Arminian Concept of Election
- The Calvinistic Concept of Election
- Freedom of the Will (?)
- Faith and Repentance: Gifts of God or the Fruit of Free Will?
- Amazing Grace
- Unconditional Election, Part 1: The Gospels and Acts
- Part 2: The Epistles and Revelation
- Romans 9:1-13
- Romans 9:14-23
- Part 2
- The Order of Salvation
- Crucial Questions Concerning Election, Part 1
- Crucial Questions Concerning Election, Part 2
- A Defense of Divine Election