Towards a Deeper Experience of God’s Grace
by John Piper
Grace is the heart of God to do you good when you deserve it least.
But do we really know how deeply we don't deserve it? Only God can reveal that to us. He does it through the Bible. And when he does, the wonders of his grace explode with brightness as never before.
These Five Points are about how Christians come into being, and how we are kept forever.
- It reaches back into times past when we were freely chosen.
- It reaches forward into the future when we will be safe and happy forever.
- It reaches down into the mysteries of the work of Christ, purchasing the gift of faith for all God's children.
- And it reaches into the human soul, glimpsing the mysteries of the Spirit's work as he conquers all our rebellion and makes us willing captives of King Jesus.
Piper believes that our experience of grace grows with our grasp of God's gracious work. He invites us to come with him on this quest.
“I do not begin as a Calvinist and defend a system. I begin as a Bible-believing Christian who wants to put the Bible above all systems of thought. But over the years — many years of struggle — I have deepened in my conviction that Calvinistic teachings on the five points are biblical and therefore true, and therefore a precious pathway into a deeper experiences of God’s grace.”
First Edition 2013
Christian Focus (Scotland, UK)
Table of Contents
2. Historical Roots
3. Total Depravity
4. Irresistible Grace
5. Limited Atonement
6. Unconditional Election
7. Perseverance of the Saints
8. What the Five Points Have Meant for Me: A Personal Testimony
9. Concluding Testimonies
10. A Final Appeal
I love this new book by John Piper. I don't know of any other brief book on this subject that so manifestly takes us down into the Scriptures and then so wonderfully lifts us up to see the glory of God. Many people will be encouraged, and not a few will have their faith jolted in the best way possible.
—Kevin DeYoung, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan
Nothing has changed my perspective and made more sense of God, life, and the world than the doctrines of grace. John Piper makes a complex theology understandable. Five Points will assist you to see how big and good our gracious God actually is.
—Darrin Patrick, Lead Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri
Imagine being able to chat over a meal with John Piper about the five points of Calvinism. That's pretty much what you get in this book: a clear statement of these life-changing truths delivered with warm pastoral sensitivity in a conversational style. You won't find yourself being browbeaten. Instead, you'll find yourself invited to marvel at God's wonderful grace. The only thing missing is the meal.
—Tim Chester, Co-Director of the Porterbrook Network and pastor of the Crowded House, Sheffield