The Doctrines of Grace: Student Edition by Shane Lems

128 pages | Direct Price: $10.99 $8.50 | Paperback | SAMPLE CHAPTER


A guide for young teens explaining in twelve lessons the biblical and historical basis of TULIP (Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, Perseverance of the saints). Includes application, discussion questions, and class resources. A great resource for teen Sunday school classes or those new to the Reformed faith.

Table of Contents

A Word to Teachers and Study Group Leaders

A Word to Students and Readers

The Apostles’ Creed

1. Introduction

Total Depravity

2. How Sinful Are People?

3. Slaves of Sin

Unconditional Election

4. A Community Chosen

5. Why and When?

Limited (Definite) Atonement

6. Mission Accomplished

7. Did Jesus Fail?

Irresistible (Effective) Grace

8. Saving the Dead

9. Powerful Words

Perseverance (Preservation) of the Saints

10. Who’s a Saint?

11. From Start to Finish

12. A Review

Appendix A: Recommended Reading

Appendix B: TULIP in the Confessions

Appendix C: Scripture Index

Appendix D: The Canons of Dort


“A concise and clear introduction to the doctrines of grace for young people who are serious about God’s Word and about the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.”

—Jon Nielson, Author of Bible Study: A Student’s Guide

“Will not only bring clarity to this often-confusing subject but will also instill delight and thanksgiving in your soul!”

—Brian H. Cosby, Author of Giving Up Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry from an Entertainment Culture

“Lays out some of the basic doctrines of our churches, where they are found clearly in Scripture, and why they matter.”

—Daniel R. Hyde, Pastor, Oceanside United Reformed Church

“A great resource for those who want to go deeper into the foundation of their faith and heritage.”

—Stephen Smallman, Author of Understanding the Faith

About the Author

Lems, Shane_editedShane Lems (MDiv, Westminster Seminary California) is pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Hammond, Wisconsin. He has worked as a curriculum editor at Crossroads Bible Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and as a pastor and church planter in the United Reformed Churches (URCNA).