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The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance & Assurance

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Discipline. Endurance. Perseverance. The New Testament often describes the Christian life as a marathon, a race set before us. But what exactly is the prize? Do all those completing the race share in it? And can the prize be lost? Tackling these and other vexing questions, Thomas Schreiner and Ardel Caneday offer in this book a serious, exegetical wrestling with the biblic ...more
Published May 11th 2001 by InterVarsity Press (first published April 11th 2001)
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Joe Rigney
Mar 06, 2009 Joe Rigney rated it it was amazing
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Few questions are as vexing for professing Christians as the question of assurance of salvation. This question is complicated by the presence in the Bible of both glorious promises of final salvation to all who presently trust Christ and terrifying warnings to professing believers threatening them with terrible punishment if they fall away.

How do we reconcile such things without muting one side or the other. Schreiner and Caneday set out to address these crucial issues while letting all
Isaac Carpenter
Jan 30, 2016 Isaac Carpenter rated it it was amazing
Schreiner and Caneday attempt a couple of tasks in this work. First, they seek to describe the way the promise and warning passages in the NT relate to each other. They will do this by offering the four most popular views and comparing and contrasting their viewpoint with all of them. Closely related to this thesis is the relation between perseverance and assurance (works/faith) - which gets to probably the real heart of the book - the relationship between Paul and James. Hebrews 12:1-2 function ...more
Chris Armer
Jul 29, 2014 Chris Armer rated it it was amazing
The best book I have read thus far on the issue of perseverance. I had read Schreiner's journal article about the same, but the book was enjoyable. Schreiner and Canneday do not seek to reinterpret the warning passages to fit a supposition. They seek to wrestle with the very real tension of God's promise that believers will not perish and the explicit warnings to believers that they will perish if they don't persevere. They do a fine job.
Feb 08, 2016 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This will not be an unbiased review. My father is one of the co-writers of this book, and I was naturally given a copy of it at no cost.

Schreiner and Caneday argue in this book that there are primarily four competing views regarding the the interpretation of warning passages and assurance in Scripture. These positions are "loss of salvation," "loss of rewards, "test of genuineness," and the "hypothetical loss of salvation" views.

The book begins with an examination of these four positions, inclu
Matt Chapman
Nov 21, 2014 Matt Chapman rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read on this subject. The two things that have shaped my understanding of these doctrines more than anything else are this book and Pipers sermon series on Hebrews.
Nando & Javas
Apakah sesudah menerima Kristus sebagai Tuhan dan Juruselamat (lahir baru), seorang Kristen dapat terhempas dari jangkauan kasih karunia Allah karena kemurtadan? Schreiner dan CaneDay membahas isu tentang jaminan keselamatan dan ketekunan orang-orang kudus dengan menyajikan berbagai pandangan dalam teologi Kristen mengenai topik tersebut.
Kita tahu bahwa topik ini menjadi bahan perdebatan yang berkepanjangan antara kubu Calvinisme dan Arminianisme termasuk variasi-variasi dari kedua pandangan ut
An exegetically rigorous exposition of perseverance from a Reformed standpoint. Presents a provocative reading of the New Testament warning passages as one of the means God uses to cause the elect to persevere.
Jul 20, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing
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The best book I read in 2001 and one of the most important theological books I've read in the past 15 years.
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Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including New Testament Theology; Magnifying God in Christ; Apostle of God's Glory in Christ; and Romans in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.
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