Considering the currentÂ debate and confusion on the doctrine, Dr. Joe Wall, Director of Masters Programs and Professor ofÂ Systematic Theology at Grace School of Theology, has written a book that speaks clearly on the subject.
Wall addresses the tough theological issues regarding the doctrine of rewards and does so by directlyÂ considering the major passages.Â Wall does notÂ challengeÂ the concept of rewardsÂ by figurative solutions to the passages but determines the meaning of the variousÂ passages head-on, providing a summary as to whatÂ the Scriptures plainly teach and itsÂ application to our lives. Wall simply addresses the matter of works when he writes, â€œâ€¦ PaulÂ also clearly teaches that the way we begin the Christian life â€“ that is, by faith â€“ is the way we areÂ toÂ continue it (Colossians 2:6).â€
The book is well organized as it considers three major sections â€“ The Judgment Seat of Christ (Bema);Â Rewards or Loss at the Bema; and, the Victory Crowns â€“ with each section containing four chapters. TheÂ bookâ€™s title,Â Going for the Gold: Reward or Loss at the JudgmentÂ Seat of Christ (Bible StudyÂ Edition),Â identifies that with this edition each chapter contains a simple but effective set of studyÂ questions. This writer found that in addition to the topic of rewards, other topicsÂ were addressed whichÂ provideÂ much value to the reader: a nice summary of the future prophetic program;Â theÂ causes of suffering in this present life; how to invest our lives wisely in this world; and whatÂ theÂ Bible teaches about how believers will be evaluated.
Sometimes the reader may find the discussion too brief, but this book will serve as an accurateÂ and clearÂ introduction to the topic of the Judgment Seat of Christ. It would be an excellent book for assignment inÂ college courses, for teachers or laymen in the local church, or as an excellent resource forÂ group or personal study on the topic.
The book is written as an exposition rather than aÂ grammaticalÂ analysis of each of the passages, which would facilitate its broad use in the localÂ church or as anÂ introduction in an academic setting.Â I recommend this book for any library, college course,Â or church small group.