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Is forgiveness really free?

and other questions about grace, the law and being saved

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A short book that gets to the heart of how grace really works

Part of the Questions Christians Ask series.

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We're saved by the free gift of God—but how free is that gift when our lives are demanded in return?

Many Christians are confused by the relationship between the grace of God, and the role of laws and commands in the Christian life. What does it mean to live a life of grace? How does grace help us grow? And are we "once saved always saved?" In this short, readable book, Michael Jensen explores the Bible's teaching on these important questions and delivers some surprising conclusions.

Download a free discussion guide to help you reflect on each chapter as you think about God's grace on your own, with a friend or in a group.

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  • Introduction
  • 1. Is forgiveness really free?
  • 2. A precious word
  • 3. If it's free, is it worth anything?
  • 4. How does grace change me?
  • 5. What place does OT law have in the life of grace?
  • 6. How does grace change us?
  • 7. Why does God give grace to some and not others?
  • Conclusion


Contributors Michael Jensen
ISBN 9781909559783
Format Paperback
First published February 2014
Dimensions 110mm x 178mm x 7mm
Print size 9pt
Language English
Pages 80
Publisher The Good Book Company

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Is forgiveness really free?

Dave McDonald, Macarisms, September 2nd 2014

I found this book pointed me back to the important truths of grace from the Scriptures and reminded me that “but for the grace of God go I” goes far beyond a cliche. It’s the foundation of a life lived in the transforming power of God.... continue reading

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“Takes us to the very heart of the gospel”

“Grace, she takes the blame
She covers the shame
Removes the stain
It could be her name
Grace, it's the name for a girl
It's also a thought that could change the world ….
Grace makes beauty
Out of ugly things”

U2 “Grace”

Karma – you get back what you pay out – seems to be the basis on which the world and our lives operate.
Grace – the biblical notion of undeserved merit or favour – seemingly stands in stark contrast to the way in which we think of our world, ourselves and the God who stands behind and over it all.
And yet – if we are honest about ourselves and others – grace is what we all wish for. Grace is what we all desperately need.
Grace – is at the centre of our understanding of Jesus – his person and work. Grace is at the heart of the Christian life. And yet grace – is what so many of us fail to comprehend, what so many of us quickly forget and move away from.
That's why this short book is so good. By addressing the question “Is forgiveness really free?” the author takes us to the very heart of the gospel – the news it proclaims and its significance for us all.
Each chapter asks and answers a simple yet profound question. These questions are profound – for they address matters right at the core of Christianity. They are relevant to all who have sought to understand grace and its implications. In order, they are:
Is forgiveness really free?
If grace is free, is it worth anything?
Why does God give grace to some and not to others?
What place does the Old Testament Law have in the life of grace?
Is grace a licence to sin?
How does grace change me?
How does grace change us?
How bad are human beings really?

One of the great things about this book – is that at under eighty pages no chapter is more than ten pages long – meaning no chapter would take more than 10mins to read. In one sitting this book could be read in under two hours (as I did) – or a chapter a day would see it easily done in under two weeks. I think this book fits the category of a short step for a long gain.


“A simple primer on grace”

This little book grapples with the issues of grace and the law. It is written fairly simply so would be useful for a new Christian hitting these issues for the first time. It isn't long enough to develop the issues, for example, the last chapter on "how bad are human being really" majors on the Pelagian heresy and Augustine's response rather than a clear biblical explanation of our total inability to help ourselves in any way to even respond to God's grace (total depravity). Nevertheless there is some clear teaching in the chapters on whether grace is free and what the place of OT law is.


“Brought a smile to my face”

Bible-centred churches talk about grace a lot. And, if you're anything like me, you sit and nod when you hear the preacher talking about Jesus' forgiveness made possible on the cross. But living out grace day to day...? That's a different matter!

This little book takes a look at what grace really is, but it's far more than just an overview of an important doctrine, it's a heart-warming reminder of just how amazing forgiveness truly is. In every page, clearly articulated biblical truth will fuel your mind and sensitively thought-through application will lighten your heart. It's a great reminder of what God has done and how truly wonderful it is to escape the ungrace (the "no such thing as a free lunch" philosophy) of the world and revel in true grace from our generous heavenly Father. The section on the relationship between law and grace is really helpful and accessible... and the reminder that grace impacts us on a deeply personal level and provides the context for true and lasting change? Well, that just brought a smile to my face!

If you're confused by grace - this book is for you. If you understand it but haven't let it impact you at the centre of your heart - this book is for you even more!

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