• Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace?

  • Rediscovering the Doctrines That Shook the World
  • By: James Montgomery Boice
  • Narrated by: Matthew McAuliffe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (182 ratings)

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Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace?

By: James Montgomery Boice
Narrated by: Matthew McAuliffe
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This audiobook combines a serious examination of the state of today's church and a powerful solution: reclaiming the gospel of grace found in the confessional truths of the Reformation.

Though the Christian church has achieved a worldly sort of success - big numbers, big budgets, big outreaches - these are not good days for evangelicalism. Attendance is down, and it is increasingly difficult to distinguish so-called "believers" from their non-Christian neighbors - all because the gospel of grace has been neglected.

In this work, the late James Montgomery Boice identifies what's happened within Evangelicalism and suggests how the confessional statements of the Reformation - scripture alone, Christ alone, grace alone, faith alone, and glory to God alone - can ignite full-scale revival. 

"A church without these convictions has ceased to be a true church, whatever else it may be," he wrote, but "if we hold to these doctrines, our churches and those we influence will grow strong."

©2001 Linda McNamara Boice (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • 06-03-21

A Timely Word

Boice’s book was on point when it was written but I think it should be circulated again among evangelical Christians. We need to be reminded of the Doctrines of Grace that shook the world in 1517. Maybe we would see a Renaissance of the Reformation in America’s churches in 2021. Highly recommend this book!

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That’s a Great Question!

Boice writes an extensive and thoughtful treatment of the 5 Solas of the Reformation and their importance to the church. He also gives a fair historical perspective of the assault on them over the last 100+ years in the world and the American church. I though his observations were balanced and fair, so I heartily recommend this volume to all.

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Excellent book - loved it!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book.It glorifies and magnifies God and Christ; and exhort the saints.

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True Calling

I loved this book. This is the view of what being a true follower (deciple) of Yeshua (Jesus) is.

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Good material, but why quote MacArthur?

I enjoyed the book, but wondered why there were references to John MacArthur. Isn’t he a dispensationalist? Also I don’t agree there will be a rush again from praise music. Even though I agree hymns are preferable. Some praise music may stand the test of time. The author neglected to point out how there are some bad hymns. But his explanation of repentance in the last chapter makes up for the lack in other area.

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Great book

I was my sure what to expect, but it turned out to be a great read. I would listen to this again.

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Watch for loops and twists of logic

Boice really knows his scripture and reform doctrine. I get confused when he teaches that God requires us to worship or believe correctly in order for Him to act or cause a revival. I would love the outpouring and revival of the Spirit he’s advocating for. But I can’t get my head around Boice saying God is all powerful, unless man does something incorrectly. Seems like a works based approach while preaching against works based approaches. He strongly advocates for various man made groups or doctrines, while openly calling out other groups or doctrines that are active and alive in the church and Spirit. This comes off as divisive and dilutes what otherwise could have been a useful admonition.

Tread carefully. If you align fully with this tome, you may have a spirit of division and be proud that you’re ‘doing’ Christianity the correct way, thus lacking grace.

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Still Relevant To Today!

Although written some 20 years ago, this book is highly relevant to today! The author carefully and systematically lays out the dangers of modern/progressive “Christianity”. At the same time, he does an exceptional job explaining

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Amazingly insightful, timely for 2022

Boice describes problems and offers solutions for regrettable state of church (at least in USA) today.

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5 Solas

A very understandable explanation of the five solas and their modern application. He also confronts the modern need for a greater understanding of the sufficiency of Scripture.

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  • 05-09-22

Brilliant teaching on the doctrines of grace

Made the doctrines easy to understand, and cleared up any questions I still had

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  • 03-18-22

Superb

This book, by Boice is a masterclass in scriptual evaluation and suggested application of the word of God. Aside from The Word itself, it gets to the heart of each topic directly and succinctly. Thank you James, we will see you again!