By His Grace and For His Glory

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Initially this book arose, published in 1986, as a response to church reactions to the January Bible Study of 1980. Since then, the issues engaged have become more visible, more widely embraced by church members, pastors, denominational servants, more controversial and ardently opposed by some, and the subject of many discussion groups in churches and a variety of denominational settings. The attention focused on the doctrines of grace is good; it is healthy to give intense thought to issues of God’s holiness, His sovereignty, and His efficacious and infinitely wise design in the justification of sinners under the curse of His Law.

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By His Grace and For His Glory
A Historical, Theological, and Practical Study of the Doctrines of Grace in Baptist Life.

Revised and Expanded 20th Anniversary Edition

By Dr. Tom Nettles
©2006 by Founders Press
ISBN: 978-0-9713361-9-3
486 pages (hard cover)

Includes 2 new chapters in Part 1: Historical Evidence
Art work by Robert Nettles

About the Author

Tom Nettles is a graduate of Mississippi College (BA) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv and PhD). He is widely regarded as one of the foremost Baptist historical theologians in America. He previously taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he was Professor of Church History and Chair of the Department of Church History. Since 1997 he has served as Professor of Historical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.


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Weight 1.15 lbs
Dimensions 9.5 × 6.5 × 1 in


“This is simply the best book there is on the subject at hand. Dr. Nettles is a superb historian and he traces with careful attention to the sources the history of the doctrines of grace within the Baptist heritage. An important resource for reclaiming the past in the service of a future shaped by the great tradition of Bunyan, Keach, Fuller, Carey, Spurgeon, Boyce and Carroll.”

Dr. Timothy George
Dean, Beeson Divinity School
Samford University, Birmingham, AL

“Tom Nettles’ book By His Grace and For His Glory is a landmark study. Bringing together the disciplines of the school, the concerns of the preacher and the heart of a Christian, Nettles effectively reminds Baptists of our own day what so many before us believed to be the gospel.”

Dr. Mark Dever
Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church
Washington, DC

“Twenty years after its first appearance, Tom Nettles’ book remains an important work for modern Baptists. His major historical thesis-that the doctrines of grace formed a theological consensus among Baptists in the Southern states for the mid-nineteenth century into the first quarter of the twentieth century-has not seriously been engaged, much less refuted, by detractors and others who are less than thrilled by this doctrinal heritage. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to be honest when assessing historical Southern Baptist theology.”

Dr. Tom Ascol
Pastor of Grace Baptist Church
Cape Coral, FL


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