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The Five Points of Calvinism

The Five Points of Calvinism
by David Engelsma and Herman Hanko

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Chapter 1: The History of Calvinism
Chapter 2: Unconditional Election
Chapter 3: Particular Redemption
Chapter 4: Total Depravity
Chapter 5: Irresistible Grace
Chapter 6: The Perseverance of Saints
About the British Reformed Fellowship


"The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein" (Ps. 111:2). This touches upon our heart: in what do we take pleasure?

Jehovah’s works centre in His salvation of His church in Jesus Christ: glorious works wrought before the foundation of the world, at the cross of Calvary and in the hearts and lives of His people.

This is the calling and delight of the saints: to seek to understand these works. In this wonderful activity, all of God’s faithful children are occupied, for Jehovah’s works are "sought out of all them that have pleasure therein."

This book is written to help God’s people in their delightful calling to search out and study the wonderful works of the Triune God.

Its authors, Profs. David Engelsma and Herman Hanko, have between them spent almost 100 years in the Christian ministry extolling and magnifying "the God of all grace" (I Peter 5:10) and His "so great salvation" (Heb. 2:3), in preaching and polemics, in catechising and counselling, in lecturing and writing. Between them, they have authored or edited some 20 books, including the previous publication of the British Reformed Fellowship (BRF), Keeping God’s Covenant.

The six chapters of The Five Points of Calvinism were originally the six main speeches at the ninth biennial British Reformed Fellowship Family Conference at Cloverley Hall, Shropshire, England, in 2006. This little book proclaims the doctrines of grace, both warmly and antithetically, and with deep scriptural penetration. It draws upon a wealth of historical and creedal material, especially the Canons of Dordt (1618-1619), the original Five Points of Calvinism. Here is robust, unashamed and uncompromising Calvinism which is also deeply personal and moving, calling the saints to love, confess and promote "the true grace of God" in Christ Jesus (I Peter 5:12).

Reader, the biblical truth of God’s sovereign grace is near you, even in a book in your hand; you do not need to descend into the depths of the sea, encompassed with seaweed, and be swallowed by a great fish, like Jonah, to learn that "Salvation is of the Lord"—all of it (Jonah 2:10)!

This book is sent forth "to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved" (Eph. 1:6), that we might grow in gratitude and worship Him for His great work of saving us in Jesus Christ.

Rev. Angus Stewart
BRF Chairman

"I just read this publication and I deeply agree with authors: "The real heat of the battle is right at the point of the sovereignty of God in the work of salvation" (p. 4). In our church, we´re unfortunately concentrating on the current and mostly practical issues. But do we meditate on these central doctrines and preach/teach them? The answer is: No. May God forgive us! This book led me to a confession of our sin: We´ve forgotten what is absolutely crucial in our  lives. Thank you for this excellent book!" - Czech Republic

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