The Joy of Calvinism
Knowing God’s Personal, Unconditional, Irresistible, Unbreakable Love
Real Calvinism is all about joy. But too often the defenders of Calvinism explain it only in highly technical, formulaic, and negative terms. As a result, most people today don’t understand what “Calvinism” really is. They’re robbed—in whole or in part—of the everyday experience of devotional joy that a robust and well-formed Calvinistic piety always produces.
This book will show you how Calvinism can transform your everyday walk with God by unlocking the purpose of the Christian life. It can provide the joy of God despite of trials and suffering. It’s time we rediscovered the joy of Calvinism.
“A refreshing, clearly-written, thought-provoking, truly enjoyable book that will help overcome many misconceptions and deepen people’s faith and joy in God each day.”
Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary
“Forster pulls few punches with his critiques both for Calvinists and also their opponents. This vigor is what makes this exploration of joyous Calvinism so welcome and challenging.”
Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition; author, Blind Spots
“Concerned that some of the negative press which Calvinism receives is actually provoked by Calvinists themselves, Forster here offers a refreshing restatement of the Reformed faith. In the tradition of the personal, pastoral confidence and joy one finds in the Heidelberg Catechism, he presents an account of the Reformed understanding of salvation that is accessible, reliable, and delightful. The Joy of Calvinism is a super book to read for oneself or to give to Christian friends who may never have understood the joy that lies at the heart of Calvinism.”
Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary; author, The Creedal Imperative and Luther on the Christian Life
About the Author
Greg Forster (PhD, Yale University) is director of the Oikonomia Network at the Center for Transformational Churches, Trinity International University. He is a senior fellow at the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the editor of the blog Hang Together. He is a frequent conference speaker.
- Introduction: Rejoice … Always?
- Detour: Five Points about Calvinism
- God Loves You Personally: When Jesus died and rose again, He saved you
- God Loves You Unconditionally: Nothing is more important to your heavenly Father than saving you
- Irresistibly: The new birth in the Holy Spirit is a radical, supernatural transformation
- Unbreakably: You can do all things, persevere through all trials, and rejoice in all circumstances
Conclusion: The Joy of Calvinism
Appendix: Questions and Answers