Recommended Books: Justification

(How we are at peace with God)

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Getting Started

All of Grace by Charles Spurgeon

If you are wondering if God's grace is enough to save even you, please read this comforting book by Charles Spurgeon. It will help you better understand the true joy found in salvation by God's grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

Justified by Faith Alone by R. C. Sproul

What in the world does it mean to be justified? This word isn't common in modern Christian vocabulary, but the scriptural teaching about justification is vital for a beautiful and joyful Christian life. Let R. C. Sproul introduce you to this wonderful teaching that reveals God's love and mercy for sinners. 

Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing the Heart of the Gospel by Michael Horton

Christianity isn't about trying harder to get to heaven, or being good enough to be worthy of God's love. Michael Horton explains how a proper understanding of God's grace is vital to the Christian life. If you feel beaten down or are carrying a load of guilt trying to earn God's favor, drink from the truths in this book and experience God's grace and relief from your burdens. 

What Is Justification by Faith Alone? by J. V. Fesko

What does it mean to be justified by faith alone, and how exactly does someone have peace with God through faith in Christ? Join J. V. Fesko as he explains the critical doctrine of justification, and have peace in your heart about the finished work Christ has done for all who trust in him.

The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters by Sinclair B. Ferguson

What is the relationship between the law and the gospel? Do Christians still need to keep the law if they are saved by grace? Sinclair Ferguson sheds much needed light on a debate that caused the Marrow Controversy of the eighteenth century and continues on today regarding the role of the law in the lives of believers.

Going Further

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The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther

Known for his open disagreement with and protest against the Roman Catholic Church, Martin Luther is a central figure in the history of the Christian Church. He was also a prolific writer. Join Luther as he explains humanity’s current state of sin and our only hope of redemption found in Jesus Christ. 

Death in Adam, Life in Christ: The Doctrine of Imputation by J. V. Fesko

How can a sinner be righteous before God? J. V. Fesko addresses this question in straightforward terms. Enjoy a clearly written explanation of the doctrine of justification and be inspired to praise and worship the God of grace.

The Doctrine of Justification by Faith by John Owen

How are humans made right with God? Pastor and writer John Owen explains the wonderful doctrine of how God counts Christ's righteousness to the believing sinner—a beautiful doctrine that doesn't receive the attention it deserves. Soak in the amazing reality of God's grace in Christ as you study the doctrine of justification. 

The Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

A classic for theological studies, Calvin's Institutes are also a wonderful resource for laypeople in the Church. Enjoy the work of this reformer as he explains biblical truths about God, humanity, and many aspects of Christian life.