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Saved by Grace: The Holy Spirit's Work in Calling and Regeneration
Bavinck, Herman

Saved by Grace: The Holy Spirit's Work in Calling and Regeneration

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In the late nineteenth century, two distinct reform movements coming out of the Dutch State Reformed Church (the Afscheiding of 1834 and the Doleantie of 1886) merged to form The Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (De Geereformeerde Kerken in Nederland). While both groups had much in common, there remained fundamental points of disagreement, which erupted into controversies over such doctrines as immediate regeneration and presumptive regeneration.

In Saved by Grace, Herman Bavinck discusses God's gracious work in bringing fallen sinners to new life and salvation. He gives a careful historical analysis that shows how Reformed theologians have wrestled to understand and express the Holy Spirit's work in calling and regeneration since the seventeenth century. Bavinck also brings exegetical precision and theological clarity to the discussion, carefully avoiding the errors of undervaluing and overvaluing the use of means in work of salvation.

This book, therefore, takes up questions with which every new generation of Reformed writers must grapple.

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Table of Contents:
Part I: Introduction
  1. The Occasion and Rise of the Controversy
Part II: The Immediate Operation of the Holy Spirit
  2. Differing Conceptions of Divine Grace
  3. The Reformed Defense of Divine Grace against the Remonstrants
Part III: The Immediate Operation of the Holy Spirit and Means of Grace
  4. Augustine and the Reformed on the Means of Grace
  5. Calling and Regeneration at the Synod of Dort
  6. Calling and Regeneration in Other Reformed Theologians
  7. The Reformed Conception of the Covenant of Grace and the Church
  8. Diverse Views Concerning the Moment of Regeneration
  9. A Weighty Counter-Argument
  10. The Anabaptist versus the Reformed Understanding of the Order of Salvation
  11. Holy Scripture on the Spiritual State of Adults in the Covenant
  12. Calling and Regeneration and its Relation to Preaching
Part IV: The Relation between the Immediate Operation of the Holy Spirit and the Means of Grace
  13. The Means of Grace in General
  14. The Word as Means of Grace in particular
  15. The Work of God's Word in Regeneration, Faith, and Conversion
  16. Solution to the Controversy


Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) succeeded Abraham Kuyper as professor of systematic theology at the Free University in Amsterdam in 1902. His Reformed Dogmatics is a standard text for modern Reformed theology.

Translator: Nelson Kloosterman has translated The Ten Commandments and Principles of Christian Ethics by Dutch theologian J. Douma as well as Preaching and the History of Salvation by C. Trimp. Dr. Kloosterman has written a number of Bible studies and serves as co-editor of the Mid-America Journal of Theology. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity.

Editor: J. Mark Beach brings a wealth of practical experience to his Ministerial Studies classes. Dr. Beach in interested in Reformation and Post-Reformation Reformed Theology as well as practical theology. He believes that Reformed and Presbyterian churches greatly benefit from exploring and rediscovering the rich heritage of the Reformed tradition. Dr. Beach regularly preaches in local churches, has written study materials for youths and adults, and has translated a book on baptism. He is also the managing editor of and frequent contributor to the Mid-America Journal of Theology.


"The current tempest in the North American evangelical teapot about the doctrine of salvation was more than matched in Dutch Reformed circles around 1900. As he was then, Herman Bavinck remains a biblically wise, calm, clear and sure-footed guide in a controversy too often marked by the deadly combination of high-order speculation and adamant conviction. The translation of these studies, prepared for a broad, general church audience, does ample justice to Bavinck's own lucid prose and Mark Beach's superb introduction clarifies the intense debates generated by Abraham Kuyper's view on regeneration while also showing Kuyper in a more nuanced light than is often the case. A welcome and important addition to the growing body of Bavinck's work in English"
--John Bolt, Calvin Theological Seminary

Additional Information:

Cover: Softcover
Number of Pages: 184
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
Publication Date: 2013