The Joy of Calvinism

The Joy of Calvinism

The foundation to our joy in God is God's own joy in himself. Christian Hedonism only makes sense when we understand God's supremacy in all things. He really is sovereign and he really is good.

And the five points of Calvinism are where we see these truths come together. The doctrines of grace articulate how God saves us in Jesus, for his glory and our joy.

This is why I'm excited about a forthcoming book from Crossway: Greg Forster's The Joy of Calvinism: Knowing God's Personal, Unconditional, Irresistible, Unbreakable Love (preorder from Amazon).

Forster has written this book to show that "real Calvinism is all about joy" . . .

I want to tell you what Calvinism says, especially what it says about your everyday walk with God and the purpose of the Christian life, and how you can have the joy of God even in spite of whatever trials and suffering the Lord has called you to endure.

Book Contents

Introduction: Rejoice. . . Always?

Detour: Five Points About Calvinism

1 God Loves You Personally
When Jesus died and rose again, he saved you.

2 God Loves You Unconditionally
Nothing is more important to your heavenly Father than saving you.

3 God Loves You Irresistibly
The "new birth" in the Holy Spirit is a radical supernatural transformation.

4 God Loves You Unbreakably
You can do all things, persevere through all trials, and rejoice in all circumstances.

Conclusion: The Joy of Calvinism
You are God's child forever, and at his right hand are pleasures forevermore.

See Pastor John's recent posts, Christian Hedonist Calvinism and The Sovereign God of "Elfland".

Jonathan Parnell (@jonathanparnell) is a writer and content strategist at Desiring God, and is the lead planter of Cities Church in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, where he lives with his wife, Melissa, and their four children. He is also the co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary.