Saturday, March 23, 2013

"Justification and Regeneration" by Charles Leiter (Foreword by Paul Washer) . . . 4th annual Fellowship Conference in Denton, Texas, March 28-31, 2013

Available here.
A good introductory book to two essential Christian doctrines is Charles Leiter's Justification and Regeneration, 2nd Expanded Edition (Hannibal, Missouri: Granted Minstries Press, 2009). The Foreword is written by Paul Washer, founder of HeartCry Missionary Society.

The 192-page book is available in print or as an e-book. Though more expensive, it is also available at However, a free PDF copy is available here.

Charles Leiter
Since 1974, Leiter has served as co-pastor of the non-denominational Lake Road Chapel in Kirksville, Missouri. Prior to being led into full-time vocational ministry, he studied physics and mathematics. He has been a conference speaker in the United States, Eastern Europe and South America (click here for some of his sermons).

Leiter is also the author of The Law of Christ (Granted Ministries Press, 2012, print copy or e-book). The Foreword is also written by Paul Washer.

The publisher provides this helpful summary of Justification and Regeneration:
The aim of this work is clear: "This book attempts to set forth in clear Biblical light the nature and characteristics of justification and regeneration, that God may be glorified and His children brought to know more fully the liberty that is theirs in Christ."
To achieve this end, Pastor Leiter first sets forth man's greatest problem, sin. Specifically, man has a "bad record" because he has sinned, but also a "bad heart" because he is by nature a sinner and can do nothing but sin.
But the glorious news of the gospel is that Christ has dealt with both our bad record and our bad heart. The bad record has been taken away because Christ died for our sins, and on that basis God has "justified" us, which means He has declared us righteous. As for the bad heart, this is destroyed when God "regenerates" us; God changes our hearts so that we begin to forsake sin and pursue true righteousness.
This book is deep enough for the seasoned theologian but simple enough for the brand new Christian, and it will yield its rewards whether you study it in-depth or read it devotionally. Many have used it for small group Bible studies, and unbelievers interested in Christ and willing to read a book will find the gospel fully explained here.
We have seen this book help so many people in various ways. For some, it shows the difference between biblical Christianity and the shallow, powerless "gospel" often preached today. Others have found new confidence and weaponry putting sin to death in their own lives. In the very least, all who read it gain a fuller vision of the salvation accomplished for us by Christ.
In our view this is a book that deserves the rank of "Christian classic."
Here is an insightful review of Justification and Regeneration by Ryan Fullerton, lead pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. In the review are also links to other reviews.

Fellowship Conference

Leiter and Lake Road Chapel are co-sponsors of the annual Fellowship Conference in Denton, Texas, held on the grounds of Camp Copass along the shore of Lewisville Lake. Leiter is one of the speakers, as is Ryan Fullerton.

2013 is the 4th annual conference. This year's theme is "Love to God and Love to Men." Uncommon Christian Ministries will be attending for the first time this year. Come join us and blessed us with your presence!

For info., see here.

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