Announcing My First Book: Assurance of Salvation

I am pleased to announce my first published work, Assurance of Salvation: Implications of a New Testament Theology of Hope.

From the back cover:

How may believers be sure of their salvation?

For centuries, this question has troubled Christians in both the pew and the pulpit. Some believers live for years under a cloud of doubts. Others minister to professing Christians who have complete assurance of salvation but show little fruit of it.

Among theologians, debates rage especially over two general questions: what may Christians be sure of regarding their salvation, and what should make them sure of it? May they be sure of final salvation now, or is assurance possible only about their present state? Should they look only to the promises of God to gain their assurance, or should they also examine their own lives?

To sort through the debate, Matthew Hoskinson begins by exploring historical views of assurance and the major schools of thought among orthodox Protestants today. Then he details what each part of the New Testament teaches about hope, measuring today’s positions accordingly. Along the way, he discusses topics such as Lordship Salvation, Reformed and Wesleyan theology, the Second Coming of Christ, and whether assurance is a necessary part of saving faith. The result will clarify how to have–and how to teach how to have–what Hebrews 6:11 calls “the full assurance of hope unto the end.”

Over the next few days, I’ll post some excerpts from the book, where to purchase it, and (for you who live in Upstate SC) book signing information.

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6 Responses to Announcing My First Book: Assurance of Salvation

  1. Where can we get one??? Congratulations! Scott says he can't wait to begin reading. (Scott and Dee-Anna)

  2. Jon says:

    Matthew, Do you have anything in there concerning the warning passages in Hebrews? Tackling that subject for a NT Theology paper.

  3. Sizzledowski says:

    Congratulations! You are the THIRD of my friends this year to have a book published. I'm so envious!

  4. Alfredo says:

    Great news!I'm glad for you, and I pray that the Lord will use it to bless many for years to come.

  5. Scott and Dee-Anna,Great to hear from you. Info on purchasing it is coming soon. Hope you had fun catching up with Tracy, Dee-Anna! Tell Scott hello for me.Jon,Some of them, yes. If a word from the hope wordgroup appears, then I cover it. I've got a chapter on Abraham and hope, which essentially covers Romans 4 and Hebrews 6.11-20 (the latter has three pages setting the warning-passage context). The Hebrews passages I cover in the chapter on Hope in the General Epistles include 3.6; 7.19; 10.23; and 11.1. So there may be some help for you. Incidentally the single most helpful article I've read on the warning passages is Bruce Compton, "Persevering and Falling Away: A Reexamination of Hebrews 6:4-6," Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 1 (Spring 1996): 135-67. E-mail me if you'd like a copy.Sizzledowski,Thanks! You're next. =)Alfredo,Thanks! He's already been more gracious than I deserve.

  6. Kathy says:

    So way cool, Matt. Golly-neds, didn't even know you were doing this! Such a needed work, really. Can't wait to read it!

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