In this booklet, Danny Hyde opens up to the reader the meaning, graciousness, richness, and power of the biblical doctrine of justification by faith. With simple language, apt illustrations, and clear application, the author pastorally instructs us, opens our minds, and warms our hearts as we come to a better understanding of this vital Reformation doctrine. As you learn the divine truth of justification, you will experience joy, and your joy in Christ will lead you to rejoice in Christ.
The Joy of Being in Jesus
The Joy of Loss
The Joy of Gain
The Joy of Grace
The Joy of Faith
Joy Amid Accusations
Daniel R. Hyde is the pastor of the Oceanside United Reformed Church in Carlsbad/Oceanside, California. An author of several books, he serves as an adjunct instructor of systematic theology and missions at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.
“Danny Hyde’s book on justification is a joy to read. He takes the biblical doctrine of a great Reformed catechism and applies it to the needs of the soul. This book is a useful tool to introduce people to salvation in Christ and to encourage believers. Here is the meat of the Word, seasoned with the salt of the Reformers and Puritans, cooked tender and juicy with heartfelt application. Read, and be nourished.” — Joel R. Beeke, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“Justification, grace, and faith sound like irrelevant religious jargon. Danny Hyde shows us that nothing could be further from the truth. When rightly understood, these truths fill us with joy, contentment, and refreshment. His book is crystal clear on the vital Reformation truth of justification by faith alone. You don’t get it better than this. My heart was stirred afresh by this wonderful exposition.” — Martin Foord, Trinity Theological College, Perth, Australia
“Martin Luther famously said that the doctrine of justification is the mark of a standing or falling church. The reason for that, at least in part, is that how a person understands this doctrine marks the difference between being a Christian in name only and being one in reality. So getting this one doctrine right has enormous implications for getting other crucial doctrines right as well. Danny Hyde opens up this subject in a way that takes it from its roots in Scripture, through its place in Christian history, to its vital place for every generation in our understanding of salvation.” — Mark G. Johnston, Bethel Presbyterian Church, Cardiff, Wales
Cultivating Biblical Godliness Series
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said, “The world today is looking for, and desperately needs, true Christians. I am never tired of saying that what the Church needs to do is not to organize evangelistic campaigns and attract outside people, but to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?’”
Many people who are new to the church need instruction in the most basic aspects of godly living. Even where churches are engaged heavily in discipleship, visitors and members often have gaps in their understanding and practice. One of the greatest needs of our time is for the Spirit of God to cultivate biblical godliness in us in order to put the glory of Christ on display through us, all to the glory of God the Father.
For these reasons, Joel Beeke and Ryan McGraw are coediting a series of booklets titled Cultivating Biblical Godliness. These booklets treat matters that are vital to Christian experience, and each contribution aims to address a wide variety of people and circumstances at a fundamental and introductory level. This includes teaching people what to believe in order to practice personal holiness as well as specific directions on how to cultivate biblical godliness in relation to issues that are common to God’s people.
The distinctive feature of this series is its experiential tone. While some booklet series aim to enlighten the mind, these booklets aim to warm the affections as well. The goal is to promote communion with the triune God and to transform the entire person in thought, speech, and behavior. To this end, we intend to include a wide range of authors whom the Spirit has blessed to skillfully stir up the church to personal holiness and affection to Christ through their preaching and writing ministries.
We need a Christianity that puts the transformative power of God in the gospel on display through developing a communion with God that is visible to the world. Our prayer is that through this series, the Lord would revive His church by producing Christians who are full of love for Christ, who deny themselves in order to follow Him at great personal cost, and who know the joys of walking with the triune God. This is the kind of Christianity that we need. This is the kind of Christianity that the triune God has used to turn the world upside down. May He be pleased to do so again.
Joel R. Beeke is President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a prolific author.
Ryan M. Mcgraw is pastor of First OPC in Sunnyvale, CA. He is also author or The Day of Worship: Reassessing the Christian Life in Light of the Sabbath.