What the Bible Says about How to Know God's Will

By Wayne Grudem

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What the Bible Says about How to Know God's Will

By Wayne Grudem

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At some point, every Christian wonders, What is God’s will for me in this situation? There are many situations for which Scripture doesn't provide a black-and-white answer. In this book, adapted from his larger work Christian Ethics, Wayne Grudem helps readers stop overcomplicating God’s will and instead embrace the different ways they acquire wisdom for daily life. He lays out guidelines for making decisions both big and small. After looking at the 4 dimensions of every action (the action itself, attitudes, motives, and results), Grudem works through 9 sources of information and guidance, both objective (information from the Bible, information from studying the situation, information about ourselves, advice from others, changed circumstances) and subjective (the conscience, the heart, the human spirit, and the Holy Spirit). Readers will gain insight into how to make the right decisions about situations that arise in their lives.

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Wayne Grudem

Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge) is Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary. He is a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and the author of over twenty-five books.


Product Details

Title: What the Bible Says about How to Know God's Will
Published: April 28, 2020
ISBN-10: 1-4335-6990-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-6990-6
Category: Church Ministry
Retail Price: $7.99
Binding: Paperback
Trim: 5.0 in x 7.0 in
Page Count: 80

Table of Contents


  1. Decisions Can Be Quick or Drawn-Out, and Can Involve Major Events or Small Daily Activities
  2. Four Dimensions of Every Action
  3. Nine Sources of Information and Guidance
  4. The Danger of Making this Process Too Complicated
  5. Acquiring Wisdom: The Personal Skill Necessary for Ethical Living

Appendix: A Response to Garry Friesen’s Book Decision Making and the Will of God
Questions for Personal Application
Special Terms
Scripture Memory Passage
General Index
Scripture Index


“Besides its straightforwardness, clarity, and grounding in Scripture, what I like most about this book is its practicality. By following its counsel and being led by the Holy Spirit, Christians will be well equipped to discern and commit to God’s will for their lives!”
Gregg R. Allison, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Sojourners and Strangers; Roman Catholic Theology and Practice; and Historical Theology

“In my forty-five years of pastoral ministry, there is one question that I’ve been asked more than any other: How might I know God’s will? That is why I’m so happy to recommend Grudem’s short treatment of this topic. His analysis is not only thoroughly biblical but also incredibly practical and easy to grasp. So whether you are a seasoned believer or a young Christian, were you to ask me that all-too-familiar question, I would send you to this book. I highly recommend it!”
Sam Storms, Senior Pastor, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“I wholeheartedly recommend Wayne Grudem’s book. These principles have guided my own decisions, and I’m thrilled to know they are in a book I can give to others.”
Jason Fritz, Lead and Founding Pastor, Illuminate Community Church, Scottsdale, Arizona