Many people believe they can initiate their salvation, either through choosing to belive or on their own merits. yet the Bible is clear that we can't take even the first step toward reconciliation with God on our own - we are spiritually dead and can do nothing unless we are given new life.
Matthew Barrett explores regeneration - the doctrine that describes this process - to show what truly happens to us when we are saved. He compares teh gospel call with the effectual call of the Holy Spirit and explains how God's gift of a new heart and new birth, rather than anything we have done, initiates our salvation.
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Matthew Barrett (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of Christian studies at California Baptist University and executive editor of Credo magazine.
"The doctrine of effectual calling is at the heart of what it means to confess that Jesus Christ is the sole and sufficient Savior of spiritually dead sinners. Matthew Barrett does a great job of condensing this doctrine into a readable form that all can understand." — Timothy George is Dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and an Executive Editor of Christianity Today.