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Salvation Belongs to the Lord: An Introduction to Systematic Theology

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A survey of Reformed systematic theology, summarizing biblical teaching in all major doctrinal areas and tying them together under the concept of divine Lordship.
Paperback, 382 pages
Published May 22nd 2006 by P & R Publishing
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Jason
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Salvation Belongs to the Lord is a clear, readable, Biblically sound introduction to the major points of Christian theology. The book reflects decades of high level study, in the academy in the church, which should push the reader to reflect more on theology, and especially how the various parts are integrated, amongst themselves and in the lives of people. A hallmark of Frame’s writing and teaching is an emphasis on the Lordship of God, his personal ruling power and influence over his creation. ...more
Joshua D.
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: church leaders, seminarians
I once heard Elliot Grudem say that John Frame is so smart that Chuck Norris wears John Frame underwear. It is true: Frame is to systematic theology what Chuck Norris is to catching drug smugglers in Texas - namely, badass.

Salvation Belongs to the Lord began as a series of introductory lectures Frame recorded for the Institute of Theological Studies. Much briefer (and broader) than Frame's multi-volume Lordship series, this book is meant as a short introduction to the major doctrines of the Chri
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David Rollins
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an very good, concise guide to the basics of systematic theology. The explanations and details of the major issues of theology are clearly explained, but the reader will need to read this book slowly and digest it. That is not to say it is a difficult book, just that the ideas and concepts of theology explained here will take the reader to "think through" the concepts carefully. It is not a "quick read" by any means, but, if the reader works through it, they will find many of the dots co ...more
Kenneth Lee
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
one of the best systematics that I've read.
Tom
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
In just under 350 pages, Frame gives a very simple overview of Reformed systematic theology. The book is written in an almost conversational manner, which keeps it from getting bogged down. Especially helpful are the frequent calls for application, referring back to the title of the book and the premise that theology is the outworking of God and His Lordship. The only annoying part was the use of his triperspectivalism throughout the book. Sometimes this was helpful, but oftentimes it seemed a b ...more
David Lovell
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was originally a series of lectures that Frame gave as an introduction to systematic theology. I think that makes it readable and not too heavy.

Frame puts in a lot of biblical references and biblical support for what he writes. He writes in a warm style and I enjoyed reading his book. It is probably my favourite introduction to systematic theology.

It covers a lot of different key areas in Chrisian belief and is faithful to the Bible throughout. I came away more grateful for the Bible
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Joel Ken
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One does not need to agree with Frame on all theological points in order to appreciate how incredibly clear he writes and frames his arguments. Also, his honesty with the things he finds unclear is refreshing.
Wade
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent theology. This was my introduction to tri-perspectivalism, and at times I was thinking, “Wait. Is he forcing this?” But, as he unfolded each new thought, I didn’t feel like he was necessarily forcing it. There were times where I guess dividing things into threes felt a bit unnecessary (or, slightly unnatural). But, my still-not-being-totally-convinced-on-the-whole-tri-perspectivalism-thing aside, the theology is excellent and I loved how his overarching theme was the lordship of God. S ...more
Josiah
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a really helpful and accessible introduction to doing theology systematically. Not every reader might be completely sold on Frame's pedagogical technique of arranging everything in groups of three (I'm not completely sold on it myself) - but it does have its uses, and overall Frame's writing is clear, lucid, and easy to follow. Much like R.C. Sproul, he clearly and concisely lays out Reformed teaching and introduces many terms and concepts in an easy-to-read manner. This would be a good ...more
Adam Calvert
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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This was a really good introduction to systematic theology. It was good for me particularly to get some Reformed perspective on the subject (Reformed vs. Dispensational, not Reformed vs. Arminian - at this point I'm a 4 1/2 point Calvinist).

John Frame always writes very clearly, and particularly in this book he also writes very personally. It's like sitting down and having a chat with him even though he's going over the really deep things of God. He gives the reader a very thoughtful way of lear
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Jacky
May 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
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A good introductory book to systematic theology.

Slightly Calvinistic in its approach, one should take some of the theology with a pinch of salt. This is the study text for 1st year theology students at Oak Hill Theological Seminary; if this is what they're reading as introductory text, then I am confident that the core materials will only edify God even more.

Very good and concise summary of mainstream theological views of systematic Christian topics, from Jesus' humanity to the workings of salva
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Paul
Apr 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a great introduction to systematic theology. Frame is a Calvinist, paedobaptist, (tentative) postmillennialist, idealist (as a hermeneutic for interpreting eschatological prophecy), (non-lockstep) Van Tillian, and soundly orthodox on the essentials of the faith, viz., on salvation, the trinity, Christology, the resurrection, Scripture.

This book will also double as a good introduction to Frame's triperspectivalism that he invokes in his more advanced "Doctrine of _____" series. Frame uses
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G Walker
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Though written very accessibly, this is a helpful and profound little book. It serves nicely a introduction/supplement to Frame's Lordship Series, but can also stand alone as an independent volume. It is written in a very "casual" style... and while some academicians may find this to be "unprofessional" of a theologian... I found it to reflect his familiarity with the issues as well as a reflection of his "pastoral" heart. Here is sound theology, accessible to the general public... BUT don't be ...more
Ea
Sep 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
Just beginning this book for my Foundations of Biblical Doctrine class, and already I'm irritated. I was expecting more objective overview of systematic theology, and instead I receive a book that seems to be concerned with elevating one particular aspect of God's character: His Lordship. I wouldn't be so bothered by that if the author would simply admit his bias. Many authors of books of this type will immediately warn you "this is a book about my opinion" and will not try to peddle it as absol ...more
Steve
Apr 19, 2012 is currently reading it
I got half way through with no complaints and lots of affirmations, but it is very much an introduction to systematic theology (as stated in the title!). My fault for expecting it to be more than it is. Frame's gentle spirit and clear thinking come through on every page, as always he speaks the truth in love. I am going to take my time finishing it but would definitely recommend it to someone new to systematic theology.
Sean
Sep 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
A fine and readable overview of Christianity from a classic Presbyterian/Reformed perspective. Occasionally Frame makes use of his own "tri-perspectival" pedagogical method that, in my humble opinion, is more distracting than helpful. Nevertheless, his clear and penetrating writing style - coloured with great conviction and just the right amount of wit - makes this a solid volume, either for reference or for reading straight-through.
Corey
Jan 24, 2012 rated it liked it
John Frame is a great writer, pastoral and theological. His reformed theology blazes through this work, making it usable and enjoyable at times, and lamentable as well. I would read this among a series of other writers from different backgrounds and traditions to give a basic view of Christian thought, practice, and faith.
Michaelpatrick Keena
Even as a Baptist I differ from this dear brother in Christ regarding the sacrament/ordinance of baptism, Mr. Frame cannot disappoint. I wish this book to be chosen for supportive readings in Systematic Theology classes. I recommend this book for all believers. It is foundational without being simplistic. The love and respect for God's Word is so evident!
Andre Beck
Sep 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Very clear and concise. Also very well balanced on difficult issues. Sometimes the content seemed forced into a threefold structure that made the arguments come across as overworked. Lack of application at times meant that there were dull moments. Overall a good read and very helpful.
Kris Lundgaard
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
If you like Frame's triads, you'll like this.
Jeremy Carr
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent introduction.
Sean McGowan
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoy Dr. Frame's teaching. This is a great overview of Theology.
Jonathan Huggins
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great introduction to Reformed Theology. I've just recently submitted a Study Guide for this one, to be published by P&R.
Joe Haack
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is excellent.
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For his education, Frame received degrees from Princeton University (A.B.), Westminster Theological Seminary (B.D.), Yale University (A.M. and M.Phil., though he was working on a doctorate and admits his own failure to complete his dissertation), and Belhaven College (D.D.). He has served on the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary and was a founding faculty member of their California campu ...more
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