Michael E. Wittmer

Despite Doubt (Excerpt)

Despite Doubt (Excerpt) by Michael E. Wittmer
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For readers of:J. I. Packer, David F. Wells, Dr. Andrew Davis , Kevin DeYoung, Paul David Tripp
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PublisherDiscovery House
Publication DateOctober 2013
About the Book

In a world that says faith is all about taking risks—leaping into uncharted territory and expecting everything to be okay—many Christians struggle with the concept of walking by faith. How can you have confidence in God and follow His will when everyone around you is placing so much emphasis on doubt and the unknown as the driving force of faith? In Despite Doubt, Michael E. Wittmer reexamines this popular viewpoint and encourages you to get a clear understanding of your assurance in God and your salvation. Wittmer says, “Doubt is not the fuel of faith. Scripture repeatedly presents faith as our reliance upon what we know. Faith begins when we know the facts about God and His great salvation.”

You’ll find wisdom from the Word and practical examples to help you develop a freeing perspective on doubt that opens the door to asking questions, finding answers, and gaining knowledge about securing your trust in God. Take a look at the flipside of doubt and discover how much you already know about God and how you can embrace a confident faith. Despite Doubt includes questions for reflection and discussion and is excellent for both individual and small group study.

About the Author

My name is Mike Wittmer, and I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan with my wife Julie and our three children. I teach theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, preach, and write books.

These books have sufficient theological content to interest experts but are intended for anyone to read with profit. They are theological books for the church.

Heaven is a Place on Earth the importance of creation for the Christian worldview. Many Christians will recover the true meaning of their lives when they stop thinking like Plato and read their lives through the biblical story of creation, fall, and redemption. This liberating journey through Scripture shows you how.

Don’t Stop Believing addresses the questions that this current generation is asking: is it possible to know anything?, must you believe something to be saved?, are people good or bad?, can non-Christians be saved?, does hell last forever? Each chapter begins with a fundamentalist extreme, cites a postmodern over-reaction, and closes with a third way which retains the best insights of each.

Christ Alone is the first book-length response to Rob Bell’s Love Wins. Although it is a critique of one book, the issues it addresses–hell, universalism, sin, and most important–what is the gospel?–will be roiling the evangelical world for some time. I hope that readers will use Christ Alone to delve into the Scriptures and discover for themselves what God says about “heaven, hell, and the fate of everyone who has ever lived.”

The Last Enemy is an honest and hope-filled look at death. This book’s devotional style will help anyone who trembles when they consider their mortality. I don’t sugar coat death. It’s as bad as you think, and worse. But Jesus has triumphed over the grave, and if you follow the instructions in this book, so will you.

Despite Doubt: Embracing a Confident Faith examines both our objective doubts (Is there a God? Is Jesus His Son? Is the Bible God’s Word?) and our subjective doubts (Am I obeying God? Am I saved? Can I have assurance that I’m saved?). In each case we learn that while doubt can play a beneficial role, it isn’t necessary for a life of faith. Believe what you know, it’s more than you think.

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