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562 pages
Mar 2011
Reformation Trust Publishing

Pillars of Grace

by Steven Lawson

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Pastor Steve Lawson has written the highly anticipated second volume in his Long Line of Godly Men series. Pillars of Grace is a follow up to Foundations of Grace, where Lawson traces the theme of God’s sovereign grace through the Old and New Testaments covering the years of 1400 BC to 100 AD. In Pillars of Grace, Lawson continues tracing this theme from the early church fathers through the Protestant Reformation covering the years 100 AD - 1564 AD.

Lawson goes beyond the mere scope of describing church history as a detached regurgitater of facts that mark many of the countless volumes written on church history. Rather, Lawson gives rich exposition to the teaching of these “pillars” of Christian thought, theology, and doctrine. The early church fathers and subsequent church leaders taught consistently and connectedly, pointing to the sovereignty of God in saving sinners. What results is an amazing survey, passionately researched and communicated, of the one overarching theme of God’s redemptive plan of man: God saves sinners.

Pillars of Grace is a truly wonderful addition to this highly-anticipated series from Lawson. This series is very accessible to lay people and pastors alike, and would serve as a great teaching resource for impacting lives (each chapter also comes with study guide questions useful for classes, discipleship, and small group discussion). Surely Lawson has created a work that could be his magnum opus and an endearing gift to church libraries and private studies for generations to come. Let’s hope that we don’t have to wait as long for volume three. – Todd Burgett,

Book Jacket:

The doctrines of grace are often known as the five points of Calvinism, but they were not the invention of John Calvin or his reforming cohorts of the sixteenth century. Rather, they are biblical doctrines, as Dr. Steven J. Lawson demonstrated in his book Foundations of Grace (2006).

Now, in Pillars of Grace, Dr. Lawson shows that the doctrines of grace have been understood and taught sometimes in embryonic form, sometimes with great clarity throughout church history. From the time of the early church fathers to the years of the Reformers, there have been key men in the church, pillars as it were, who stood on the foundation of Scripture and upheld the truth of God's sovereign role in salvation.

In Pillars of Grace, Dr. Lawson walks readers through the ups and downs of church history, profiling these voices for the truth. The inescapable conclusion is that the doctrines of grace are no innovation, but the consistent witness of some of the greatest men of the church.