Anchored in Grace: Fixed Points for Humble Faith, by Jeremy Walker
Endorsed by Paul Washer, Joel Beeke, Conrad Mbewe, Derek Thomas, and more.
The Bible delights to reveal the riches of God’s mercy in Christ Jesus toward sinners, to display his grace to the praise of his glory. These are the very realities upon which redemption hangs.
When our expectation and enjoyment of salvation are not anchored in grace, God is robbed of his glory and we are deprived of hope, comfort, and happiness. Christians therefore need to grasp what the Bible says about these things. We need to know these sweet and substantial strands of revelation—to delve into, to delight in, and then to declare the exceeding riches of God’s grace in his kindness toward us in Christ.
We need to learn and to love these bedrock truths in which spiritual life is grounded, the health of our souls is fostered, genuine humility is developed, and eager service is established.
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These are realities with which Christians need to be thoroughly acquainted. They are paths to walk so that we do not miss our way to heaven, nor fail to honor the Lord God along the way. They are central truths, humbling truths, saving truths, and comforting truths. Not least, they are God-glorifying truths, for the great end of our salvation is the praise of the glory of God’s grace.
When God saves sinners, it reveals his wisdom and power, his love and compassion, his justice and truth, as nothing else. In Christ crucified, we are given insights into the gracious heart of God Almighty that can be found nowhere else. There his majesty, might, and mercy are on display, and there we find life everlasting. When our faith is anchored in this grace, holiness and happiness take root in our hearts. Here sinners are liberated from condemnation, dread, and wrath. Here Christians are relieved of fear, confusion, and pride. Here we may find peace, certainty, purpose, joy, and hope.
With this in mind, Anchored in Grace provides a brief survey of the grace of God in Christ revealed in the Scriptures, tracing the arc of his saving dealings with lost men and women. It is by no means exhaustive, but rather sets out some of the fixed points in which humble faith can rest so as to exalt and enjoy God in all his saving kindnesses in his Son.
Jeremy Walker was born to godly parents and was converted to Christ during his teenage years. He serves as a pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church, Crawley, England, and is married to Alissa, with whom he enjoys the blessing of three children. He has written several books and has blogged at Reformation21 and The Wanderer.
“A clear beacon of light to guide the seeker and to instruct and comfort the believer.”
—Paul David Washer
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“Rarely does the title of a book so clearly represent its contents as does Anchored in Grace: Fixed Points for Humble Faith, by Jeremy Walker. With brevity and precision, Walker sets forth God’s work of salvation in the believer from beginning to end. In a day when there is so much confusion regarding even the most fundamental truths of redemption, this concise yet comprehensive work is a clear beacon of light to guide the seeker and to instruct and comfort the believer.”
—Paul David Washer, Director, HeartCry Missionary Society
“Crisp, clear, concise, and biblical, Walker’s book offers up the doctrines of God’s grace in a manner persuasive to the mind and powerful to the heart.”
—Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“As a pastor I am always looking for a book that is brief, simple, and biblical in its presentation of the God-exalting doctrines of grace to put into the hands of believers. I think my search is now over! In Anchored in Grace: Fixed Points for Humble Faith, Jeremy Walker provides us with a book that shows us in small compass how God’s grace has turned wretched sinners into heaven-bound saints. Wonderful!”
—Conrad Mbewe, Pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church; Chancellor, African Christian University, Lusaka, Zambia
“Don’t miss out on reading this book. If you have been a Christian for forty years or more you will find it fresh and faith-enhancing. If you are a new follower of Jesus Christ and see the faith as a collection of wonderful pieces of a jigsaw but have not yet seen the overall plan of God fitting them all together, then this is the book for you. Here is God’s plan for the individual Christian, for the whole church, and for the message to be preached from every pulpit. Read it! Think about what you are reading. It is the way to joy and peace in the Christian life and also the means of achieving your chief end in life, glorifying God and enjoying him for ever.
—Geoff Thomas, minister for fifty years in Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, Wales
“This is a meaty feast of solid doctrinal truth crammed into a short, pointed, and applied book. The deeply encouraging doctrines of grace are opened up to us and explained clearly. Each of the five chapters has helpful application points to finish. There is nothing new here for the mature believer but, nor should there be. That’s why I love it. This is historical, biblical truth brought back into the light for the modern Christian. For the new believer, however, this will be a great opening introduction into the beautifully God-honoring doctrines of God’s glorious grace. Everyone’s a winner with this one.”
—Mez McConnell, author; Senior Pastor of Niddrie Community Church, Edinburgh, Scotland; and founder and ministry director of 20schemes.
“A sure-footed journey through the doctrines of grace—truths for godliness and discipleship—by a trusted guide. Reading this book will both thrill and convict, challenge and confirm. Essential reading for discipleship groups, Adult Sunday School classes, and individuals determined to grow in grace. Warmly recommended.”
—Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia SC; The Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta
“Everything Jeremy Walker writes stirs my affections and moves me to love my Savior more. So you can imagine this book, Anchored In Grace, which speaks of the foundational truths of our salvation in Jesus, is certainly no exception. Through Jeremy’s unique and compelling writing style, you will experience both the weighty realities of our daily need for Jesus, and yet the soaring freedoms these same truths provide. Read this book and allow the never-ending river of God’s grace bound in these pages to wash you afresh.”
—Brian Croft, pastor, author, Founder of Practical Shepherding
“Saturated with Scripture, steeped in history, and spurred by pastoral concern, Anchored in Grace will prove immensely helpful to anyone desiring a short, accessible treatment of the doctrines of grace. Though overtly theological it is not overly technical. Though definite in conviction it is not strident in tone. Wisely and winsomely written, I gladly commend this volume.”
—Barry King leads the Grace Baptist Partnership
Don, in a five-star review on Amazon.
Good concise content explaining the Doctrines of Grace. Walker replaces the acronym TULIP with words that also capture the truth of each point, i.e., instead of Total Depravity, Fallen is used; instead of Unconditional Election, Chosen; instead of Limited Atonement, Redeemed; instead of Irresistible Grace, Called; instead of Perseverance of the Saints, Enduring.
This is a good introduction to the important teaching from God’s Word describing God’s amazing grace in salvation.
By J Brodie, in a five-star review on Amazon.
Putting Rose Petals on the TULIP
Probably one of the best concise positive introductions to the doctrines of grace… and with a devotional flavor!
By Sharon Andrade, in a five-star review on Amazon
Totally recommend for all who need to understand what it means to be anchored in grace!
Brianna Howard –
If you are looking for a book about the wonder and depths of God’s grace, you will not quite find that within the pages of Anchored in Grace. However, if you are looking for a concise, intellectual outlook on salvation, then you would be doing the right thing by reading this book.
Walker makes it very clear that salvation, and therefore Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, is the ultimate gift of grace towards us. We see his in-depth thoughts on salvation laid out within four chapters.
Walker addresses sin head-on and puts the evidence right before us. Using scripture, he causes us to face the facts, that “we are by nature dead, rebellious, enslaved, senseless, incapable sinners”. However, he doesn’t stop there. Within the next few chapters we see what it means to be chosen, redeemed, called, and, lastly, what it looks like to endure and continue remaining in God.
In conclusion, though Walker’s book may have been drawn out and lacked a certain zeal, it did contain a good deal of scripture and research. My favorite part? To be able to read this book and see such a clear desire to show us the reality of salvation from the inside out.
Brianna Howard –
In regards to my earlier review, I must note that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an impartial review.