Don Carson on Assurance of Salvation

Andy Naselli —  February 26, 2013 — 7 Comments

Six resources by D. A. Carson on assurance of salvation (all available from TGC as PDFs or MP3s):

  1. D. A. Carson and John D. Woodbridge, Letters Along the Way: A Novel of the Christian Life (Wheaton: Crossway, 1993), 15–25 (letters 2 and 3).
  2. D. A. Carson, “Johannine Perspectives on the Doctrine of Assurance,” Explorations 10 (1996): 59–97.
  3. ———. “Reflections on Christian Assurance,” in Still Sovereign: Contemporary Perspectives on Election, Foreknowledge, and Grace (ed. Thomas R. Schreiner and Bruce A. Ware; Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000), 247–76.
  4. ———. “The Johannine Letters,” in New Dictionary of Biblical Theology (ed. T. Desmond Alexander and Brian S. Rosner; Downers Grove: IVP, 2000), 351–55.
  5. ———. “The SBJT Forum: Granted that there are spurious conversions in the Bible, what criteria help us to discern that a profession of faith is genuine?The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 5, no. 1 (2001): 78–81.
  6. ———. Five-part sermon series on 1 John.

7 responses to Don Carson on Assurance of Salvation

  1. Thanks for posting these, some excellent resources!

  2. I haven’t read all of these, but “Reflections on Assurance” is a favorite of mine on the subject. Thanks for sharing the list.

  3. I told myself in seminary that I wouldn’t preach from John’s epistles until D.A. Carson published his NIGTC commentary. As it turns out, I am in the middle of 1 John right now and I wanted to thank you for making these articles available. Also looking forward to the NIGTC volume!

  4. Hi Andy,

    The “Letters Along the Way” link doesn’t work anymore. Is there a way to repair it? Or was it intentionally put up for a limited amount of time? I’ve read the first 4 chapters and they are really helpful, especially the treatment of 1 Corinthians 3. I’m also currently reading Carson’s, “The Cross and Christian Ministry” where he addresses 1 Cor. 3 as well, it’s been really helpful to read them back to back. Anyways, I’m thankful for faithful men who faithfully instruct in sound doctrine. Thank you for this helpful post!


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