Book Review: “Believing God: 12 Biblical Promises Christians Struggle to Accept” by R.C. Sproul Jr. (2009)

“Our problem in the evangelical church isn’t…that we aren’t trained well enough to grasp the hard teachings of the Bible, but that we are too worldly to believe the plain promises of the Bible” (R.C. Sproul Jr., Believing God, p.6).

Such is what R.C. Sproul Jr. writes early in his commentary on the twelve promises of God that we Christians really do find too difficult to accept. He writes with humble authority as he delves into these promises, proving his vast understanding of Scriptures and the writings of many Christian leaders, ancient and contemporary. His theology is sound, and as a pastor, he is filled not only with the wisdom gleaned from extensive study, but also with the hard knowledge that comes through counseling, encouraging, teaching and preaching. Above this, Sproul has clearly written his work for anything but popularity. Toes will be crunched as you delve into Believing God, so please do not approach it lightly.

For me personally, my worldliness shines most evidently in my inability to trust God’s promise for wisdom if I only ask. There is nothing wrong with extensively reading Christian works (and I do plenty of that), but how often do I approach those readings with an attitude of prayer? James 1:5 declares, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (ESV). Sproul Jr. has supplied me with a great deal to chew on, and I would recommend this book for personal or small group Bible studies.

[Note: I received this book free for review from Ligonier Ministries]

© 2011 E.T.

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