I would assume that most people reading this review are born-again believers – saved. There has been some salvation experience in the past. However, they may not be aware of the all the intricate, theological details that caused that experience to come about. 40 Questions About Salvation attempts to penetrate those details.
The book is another in the 40 Questions series produced by Kregel Publications. This is the eleventh in the series. Other volumes include such title as Church Membership and Discipline and Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. This volume is written by Matthew Barrett, associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
The book is divided into five parts covering every aspect of salvation beginning with sin and all the way through to glorification. Each chapter concludes with “Reflection Questions” which are well-formed and should help the reader determine how well the material has been assimilated.
Barrett’s goal, of course, is to explain how the entire salvation process works. He achieves that goal well – from a highly Calvinistic perspective. Nevertheless, this is a solid read. Regardless of one’s soteriological beliefs, this is worth a careful study. All of Barrett’s explanations are thoroughly backed by Scripture with many passages exegeted in detail.
Every reader will enjoy “What Is Meant by Salvation?” (#6); “What Does It Mean to Be Born Again?” (#15); “What Is Saving Faith?” (#19); and Can We Lose Our Salvation?” (#’s 34 & 35). These would seem to be questions that everyone has irrespective of one’s soteriology.
40 Questions About Salvation is “meaty.” In his Preface: How to Read This Book, Barrett states, “This format is best suited for beginning students, churchgoers and pastors…” It may be a stretch to include beginning students and churchgoers. If you fall into those two categories, be prepared for some heavy theological lifting. But certainly, every pastor should have this book in his library.
Disclaimer: This volume was provided to me by Kregel Publications for a fair and honest review.