Mark’s #11 – PROOF by Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones

PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace

As Ron has already written an excellent review of this book here, I’ll merely offer some of my own insights and take-aways from the book.

Proposing a new acronym  to replace the familiar TULIP acronym to put forth the historically reformed view of God’s sovereign grace is a bold move. This book quickly takes the reader from the theological kiddie pool to the depths of the ocean of God’s amazing grace. Yet it does so in such a way as to appeal to the modern reader.  For this I am grateful. As with any generation, we must see how theology intersects our own lives here and now.

I read this book with three other men. We would get together each week in a local cafe to discuss a chapter. I highly recommend a group reading of this book, as the discussion provides a great context to think through the deep implications of the text.  Also, it helped that each of us came to this book with different backgrounds and theological traditions.

The P in PROOF stands for Planned Grace.  In other words, the authors show, that God, from before the creation of the world, planned out every detail of salvation.  What God plans, God always accomplishes.  While I certainly agree with this, I found in the context of our group discussion, that this may not be the very best place to start the conversation about God’s sovereign grace.  The reason I say this is because, while it may make logical sense to start here, practically speaking, those who are first being introduced to these reformed doctrines will immediately have their defenses up if you say, “God predestined who will and who will not be saved.”  Rather, until you demonstrate the utter sinfulness of all humanity, and the devastating results of our sin (Eph 2:1), then a doctrine that should highlight God’s amazing grace, can be seen as a doctrine that makes God seem arbitrary in his choosing of who will and who will not be saved.

However, overall I think this is a fantastic book.  It is saturated in Biblical theology. One gets a sense that the authors are not trying to win theological debates (As is sometimes the case with these issues), but rather genuinely want the readers to taste and see the amazing, Planned, Resurrecting, Outrageous, Overcoming and Forever grace of God.

Definitely a must read for anyone wanting and willing to think deeply on the theology of God’s sovereign grace.

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