Delighting in the Law of the Lord: God's Alternative to Legalism and Moralism

By Jerram Barrs

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Delighting in the Law of the Lord: God's Alternative to Legalism and Moralism

By Jerram Barrs

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God’s people have neglected God’s law.

We are steeped in a culture in which people hate being told how to live and idolize uninhibited “freedom.” What’s more, many Christians seem to think the law only leads to legalism and therefore doesn’t have a role to play in the Christian life. Yet, regardless of what society or even fellow believers say, we need guidance to truly honor God in everything we think, say, and do.

Jerram Barrs helps us recognize and articulate the immense importance of God’s commands for godly living as he clears away unbiblical ideas that have crept into our thinking. Looking to the teachings of Jesus, this book will lead you to delight in the eternal beauty and life-changing significance of God’s perfect law.


Jerram Barrs

Jerram Barrs (MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) is the founder and resident scholar of the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theological Seminary, where he is professor of Christian studies and contemporary culture. He and his wife served on staff with L’Abri Fellowship in England for eighteen years. Jerram and his wife, Vicki, have three sons and seven grandchildren.

Product Details

Category: Biblical Studies
Christian Living
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 352
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 16.8 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-3713-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-3713-4
ISBN-UPC: 9781433537134
Case Quantity: 36
Published: September 30, 2013

Table of Contents

1.  The Good Life: Do We Need God’s Laws Today?
2.  The Good Life: Where to Turn: Christianity or Postmodernism?
3.  Humanity as the Source of Law, or God?
4.  The Beauty of the Law
5.  The Giving of the Law at Sinai
6.  Law and the Image of God
7.  Law and the Image of God II
8.  The Spirit of the Law
9.  Jesus Expounds the Law
10. Jesus Fulfills the Law
11. Jesus Overcomes the Curse of the Law
12. How Substantial Is the Healing We Can Expect?
13. How Have Different Traditions Understood the Law?
14. Jesus Challenges Additions to God’s Law
15. Jesus’ Attack on Legalism
16. Rules for the Family and Church?
17. Jesus Applies the Law
18. When Should We Use the Law?
19. How Can We Apply Jesus’ Use of the Law?
20. To Which People Ought We to Show and Tell the Law?
21. The Law of God and Our Secular Society
22. Living as Salt and Light in and for the World
23. Old Testament Law: How Should We View It?
24. The New Covenant and the Law


“Jerram Barrs has given us a gripping account of how God’s law, understood through the grace released in Jesus Christ, is the best guide we could find. Barrs shows us the biblical path to a sane and balanced worldview, avoiding the pitfalls of utopian theocracy, libertarian naïveté, and cultural indifference. More than a guide, this book is an invitation to see God as our only comfort in life and in death. Delighting in the Law of the Lord is simply delightful!”
William Edgar, Professor Emeritus of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary

“We live in morally confusing times—confusing for the culture, confusing for the church. We’ve lost the compass, and, truth be told, when it comes to personal or societal issues, most of us Christians simply don’t think of the law of God as providing much guidance. ‘Think again!’ says Jerram Barrs. In his winsome across-the-kitchen-table style, Barrs explains why we need to retrieve afresh one of God’s greatest gifts. Churches will love this resource!”
Nicholas Perrin, President, Trinity International University

“Jerram expounds the true nature and purpose of God’s law from the Psalms, which extol God’s law in light of the Bible story of creation and redemption, and he draws primarily on the Gospels for stories to illustrate how this perspective on God’s law works out in practice. All will find this book challenging and helpful, but I recommend it especially to those engaged in communication of the truth that is in Jesus, particularly preachers, Bible study groups, parents, and Christian schools.”
David Clyde Jones, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Ethics, Covenant Theological Seminary; author, Biblical Christian Ethics

“Jerram Barrs gently but decisively charts a course that falls into neither the ditch of meaningless moral relativism, on the one side, nor the choking grip of Christian legalism, on the other. He convincingly shows the biblical importance of the law as an essential guide to Christian discipleship, service, and happiness, both personally and within the larger realities of the church and society. This catechesis of the way of the Lord should be in every ministry toolbox and is an absolute must-read by every Christian who wants to find greater integrity of life and deeper relationship with Christ, our fellow human beings, and God’s good creation.”
Michael Williams, Professor of Systematic Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary