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Warfield on the Christian Life: Living in Light of the Gospel (Zaspel)

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B.B. Warfield is well-known as one of America’s leading theologians, perhaps second only to Jonathan Edwards. But until now the character of his own Christian experience and his understanding of the Christian life have remained unexplored. Fred Zaspel unpacks these for us here, and what we find is that Warfield’s profound theological mind is matched only by his passionate heart for Christ. From Warfield we learn truly what it is to live in light of the gospel.

Table of Contents:

Part 1: Personal Background

1. Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield: The Man and His Work

2. Truth and Life: The Role of Christian Doctrine in Warfield’s Christian Life

Part 2: Foundations of Faith

3. Learning and Living: The Value and Authority of God’s Word

4. Redemption Accomplished: God to the Rescue

5. Right with God: Our New Standing

6. Conversion: The Great Change

7. Help from Above: The Holy Spirit at Work

8. From Glory to Glory: The Doctrine of Sanctification

Part 3: Orientation and Perspective

9. Righteous and Sinful: Miserable-Sinner Christianity

10. Jesus’s Little Ones: Childship to God

11. God Over All: Resting in Divine Providence

Part 4: Living Response

12. Looking to Jesus: Our Model and Forerunner

13. Christlikeness: Imitating the Incarnation

14. The Religious Life: Cultivating Practical Piety

15. Prayer: A Practice of Piety and a Means of Grace

 16. Matters of the Heart: Motives, Goals, and Values

17. The Good Fight, 1: Faithfulness to Christ

18. The Good Fight, 2: In Pursuit of Perfection

19. A Bright Horizon: The Christian Hope

Part 5: The Big Picture

20. Summary Reflections 



Fred G. Zaspel (PhD, Free University of Amsterdam) is a pastor at Reformed Baptist Church in Franconia, Pennsylvania, and adjunct professor of systematic theology at Calvary Baptist Seminary in Landsdale, Pennsylvania. He is co-author of New Covenant Theology and has published numerous booklets, articles, and book reviews.



STEPHEN J. NICHOLS (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of Christianity and culture at Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School. He has written several books, including Pages from Church History. He lives with his wife and two sons in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

JUSTIN TAYLOR is vice president of book publishing and an associate publisher at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books, including A God-Entranced Vision of All Things and Reclaiming the Center. He blogs at "Between Two Worlds," hosted by the Gospel Coalition, and runs the website



“If the only thing Fred Zaspel had accomplished in these pages were to point us to B. B. Warfield’s masterpiece sermons in his too-little-known Faith and Life, he would have done the church yeoman service. But he has done much, much more! In Warfield on the Christian Life we are given the privilege of sitting at the feet of a Christ-centered, Bible-saturated, gospel-loving theologian of the first rank and learning how to say, ‘To me to live is Christ.’ A very welcome addition to what promises to be a valuable series.” - Sinclair B. Ferguson, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

“We are already indebted to Fred Zaspel for his work The Theology of B. B. Warfield—a book that has introduced a new generation to the voluminous writings of a Princeton scholar who was both New Testament interpreter and systematic theologian. Warfield’s style feels a tad impenetrable to many contemporary readers, but through Zaspel, Warfield, though dead, still speaks. But can any devotional and practical guidance come out of old Princeton? Zaspel’s latest contribution, Warfield on the Christian Life: Living in Light of the Gospel, does not simply answer with a resounding affirmative, but again faithfully unpacks Warfield and shows him to be a theologian of head and heart. Above all, Warfield is an integrated thinker, so he is ideally equipped to show how that which is central to the Bible, the gospel of God, rightly shapes the Christian’s entire life. And Zaspel makes this accessible.” - D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School