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Best Resources on Reformed Theology

A crowd-sourced list of the best resources that introduce or grow Christians in their understanding of Reformed theology and the doctrines of grace.

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  1. 1  The Tale of Two Adams

    The Tale of Two Adams

    What is the most significant problem you face as a human being? How can you get right with God? What is God's purpose in history? What is his plan for the future? What do these questions have to do with each other? In this book, author Chris Caughey says that the answer to all of these questions is found in a story -- the tale of two Adams. In clear language that is easy to understand, Caughey explains crucial biblical doctrines such as God's covenants, justification, sanctification, grace and works -- all on a journey from Genesis to Revelation.

  2. 2  The Holiness of God by Dr. R.C. Sproul

    The Holiness of God by Dr. R.C. Sproul

    In The Holiness of God , R.C. Sproul demonstrates that encountering God’s holy presence is a terrifying experience. Dr. Sproul argues that this struggle is nonetheless necessary because it is the only way to cure our propensity to trust in ourselves and our own righteousness for salvation.

  3. 3  Institutes of the Christian Religion

    Institutes of the Christian Religion

    Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

  4. 4  What Is Reformed Theology? Series by R.C. Sproul

    What Is Reformed Theology? Series by R.C. Sproul

    There is something healthy about returning to one’s roots. When it comes to evangelical Christianity, its roots are found in the soil of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation. Just as the Reformers protested the corrupt teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, so today evangelicalism itself is in need of a modern reformation. In What Is Reformed Theology?, Dr. R.C. Sproul offers a comprehensive introduction to Reformed theology. Simply put, it is the theology of the Protestant Reformers and the heart of historical evangelicalism. As C.H. Spurgeon once said, Reformed theology is nothing other than biblical Christianity.

  5. 5  Chosen By God Teaching Series by Dr. R.C. Sproul

    Chosen By God Teaching Series by Dr. R.C. Sproul

    Many people reject Reformed theology or Calvinism because they believe it teaches that God drags people kicking and screaming into the church against their will. This, however, is a gross distortion of the biblical doctrine of election, which is grounded in God’s love for His people. In this series, Dr. Sproul carefully explains the meaning of God’s sovereignty in the work of redemption and shows how it relates to the will of man.

  6. 6  The Reformation Study Bible

    The Reformation Study Bible

    This foundational resource was created by more than fifty scholars and features thousands of in-depth study notes, 96 theological articles, 19 in-text maps, colored maps, and 12 charts to help you understand the Bible better.

  7. 7  The Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechis

    The Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechis

    Get reformed theology resources from the Ligonier Ministries online store. Reformed books, sermons, music, and more.

  8. 8  Welcome to a Reformed Church by Rev. Daniel Hyde

    Welcome to a Reformed Church by Rev. Daniel Hyde

    In layman’s terms, Rev. Hyde sketches the historical roots of the Reformed churches, their scriptural and confessional basis, their key beliefs, and the ways in which those beliefs are put into practice. The result is a roadmap for those encountering the Reformed world for the first time and a primer for those who want to know more about their Reformed heritage.

  9. 9  Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul (Paperback)

    Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul (Paperback)

    ecause of the widespread neglect of this doctrine, many people cite Chosen By God not only as their introduction to Dr. Sproul’s teaching, but also as the resource that profoundly shifted their attention to an understanding of the predestining grace of God. Dr. Sproul shows how election is entirely compatible with human freedom, dignity, and responsibility. One of Ligonier’s most significant and popular books, Chosen by God shows why all serious Christians cannot afford to ignore this important biblical doctrine, but instead should embrace God’s initiative in Salvation.

  10. 10  Galatians Commentary by Martin Luther

    Galatians Commentary by Martin Luther

    Luther's commentary on Galatians is considered among the finest of all time. Abridged and stylistically adapted for today's readers his astounding work is part of the Crossway Classic Commentaries.

  11. 11  Redemption Accomplished and Applied

    Redemption Accomplished and Applied

    Murray systematically explains the two sides of redemption: its accomplishment by Christ and its application to the life of the redeemed. In Part I he considers the necessity, nature, perfection, and extent of the atonement. In Part II Murray offers careful expositions of the scriptural teaching about calling, regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.

  12. 12  The Valley of Vision

    The Valley of Vision

    The Valley of Vision is a selection of petitions and meditations in the Puritan tradition. This compilation of prayers is intended to teach and encourage Christians to be faithful in their private and family worship.

  13. 13  Reformed Dogmatics by Herman Bavinck

    Reformed Dogmatics by Herman Bavinck

    This masterwork will appeal not only to scholars, students, pastors, and laity interested in Reformed theology but also to research and theological libraries.

  14. 14  The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther

    The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther

    Luther's Magnum Opus

  15. 15  Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen

    Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen

    A study of Machen's thought and career that says much about the issues that unsettled mainstream Protestantisms hold on American intellectual and cultural life.

  16. 16  J. Gresham Machen Shorter Writings

    J. Gresham Machen Shorter Writings

    Forty-six of Machens shorter writings, organized into ten categories.

  17. 18  Living for God's Glory: Introduction to Calvinism

    Living for God's Glory: Introduction to Calvinism

    The theological system known as Calvinism is often caricatured or simply dismissed as a relic of the past. But as Dr. Joel R. Beeke shows us in this comprehensive treatment, Calvinism, also known as Reformed theology, is biblical, God-centered, heartfelt, winsome, and practical. As such, it is uniquely suited to help Christians fulfill the purpose for which they were created-to live to the glory of God.

    With the gifted help of eight contributors, Dr. Beeke traces the roots of Calvinism and sets forth its doctrinal distinctives, then explores how Calvinists live out their beliefs in every sphere of life, from their private devotions to their service in the church, from their marriages to their careers, from politics to ethics. Through the examples of John Calvin himself, the Puritans, and other Calvinists of the past, this God-exalting belief system emerges as a timeless guide for Christian living.

  18. 19  Christian Classics Ethereal Library

    Christian Classics Ethereal Library

    The Christian Classics Ethereal Library is a digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books selected for edification and education. The online www.ccel.org server reaches several million different users each year.

  19. 20  The Five Points of Calvinism: Defined, Defended...

    The Five Points of Calvinism: Defined, Defended...

    In this updated classic, David N. Steele, Curtis C. Thomas, and S. Lance Quinn give a brief exposition of each of the five points of Calvinism, and they list the biblical verses that teach each one. This book provides a helpful summary of the teachings of Reformed theology, making it a handy reference for studying the biblical teaching on man’s depravity and the sovereignty of God in salvation.

  20. 21  Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism

    Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism

    Just what is “Calvinism?” Does this teaching make man a deterministic robot and God the author of sin? What about free will? If the church accepts Calvinism, won’t evangelism be stifled, perhaps even extinguished? How can we balance God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility? Why did the Roman Catholic Church condemn the Reformed teaching of predestination and election and embrace free will theology? And why do so many Protestants, perhaps unwittingly, agree with Rome on this issue?

  21. 22  Putting Amazing Back into Grace by Michael Horton

    Putting Amazing Back into Grace by Michael Horton

    What does it mean to be “saved by grace”? Many believers are confused and intimidated by the doctrine of salvation, and as a result are missing out on the freedom of God’s grace. Michael Horton reminds us of the Reformation’s radical view of God and his saving grace, the liberating yet humbling truth that we contribute nothing to our salvation. Putting Amazing Back into Grace clearly lays out the Scriptural basis for this important doctrine and the implications of this message for a vibrant evangelical faith. Horton’s accessible treatment of who does what in salvation will inspire a fresh amazement at God’s grace.

  22. 23  The Doctrines of Grace by Boice & Ryken

    The Doctrines of Grace by Boice & Ryken

    We live in an age of weak theology and casual Christianity. And this situation will continue as long as God's people insist on substituting intuition for truth, feeling for belief, and immediate gratification for enduring hope. Yet if evangelicalism will again denounce this self-centered faith and place Christ and his cross at the center of its vision, the church will see great days once more. According to authors James Montgomery Boice and Philip Graham Ryken, this will happen when believers specifically return to the gospel foundation with its doctrines of radical depravity, unconditional election, particular redemption, efficacious grace, and persevering grace.

  23. 24  New Geneva Study Bible (NKJV)

    New Geneva Study Bible (NKJV)

    The New Geneva Study Bible (NKJV) is the first Bible since the 1560 Geneva Bible to contain study tools rooted in the theology recovered during the Protestant Reformation. It is the product of a seven-year effort by Dr. R.C. Sproul and more than 50 other Biblical scholars.

  24. 25  The Canons of Dort (PDF)

    The Canons of Dort (PDF)

    The Synod of Dordt was held in order to settle a serious controversy in the Dutch churches initiated by the rise of Arminianism. In the Canons the Synod of Dordt rejected Arminianism and set forth the Reformed doctrine on these points, namely, unconditional election, limited atonement, total depravity, irresistible grace, and the perseverance of saints.