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As members of a society that is quickly abandoning its Christian past, followers of Christ often feel disoriented or even frightened. When human leaders and political advocates fail us, when immorality is celebrated and legislated as cultural renaissance, doubts arise and the road to compromise beckons. In this book, Dr. Stephen J. Nichols points to the almighty God as As members of a society that is quickly abandoning its Christian past, followers of Christ often feel disoriented or even frightened. When human leaders and political advocates fail us, when immorality is celebrated and legislated as cultural renaissance, doubts arise and the road to compromise beckons. In this book, Dr. Stephen J. Nichols points to the almighty God as the steadfast source and foundation of our confidence. Though the Enemy “prowls around like a roaring lion” (1 Pet 5:8) and the whole world may shake around us, God’s kingdom is unshakable. This is not a time to cower, cave, or capitulate. This is a time for confidence, and our confidence must be in God. All else will disappoint.


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As members of a society that is quickly abandoning its Christian past, followers of Christ often feel disoriented or even frightened. When human leaders and political advocates fail us, when immorality is celebrated and legislated as cultural renaissance, doubts arise and the road to compromise beckons. In this book, Dr. Stephen J. Nichols points to the almighty God as As members of a society that is quickly abandoning its Christian past, followers of Christ often feel disoriented or even frightened. When human leaders and political advocates fail us, when immorality is celebrated and legislated as cultural renaissance, doubts arise and the road to compromise beckons. In this book, Dr. Stephen J. Nichols points to the almighty God as the steadfast source and foundation of our confidence. Though the Enemy “prowls around like a roaring lion” (1 Pet 5:8) and the whole world may shake around us, God’s kingdom is unshakable. This is not a time to cower, cave, or capitulate. This is a time for confidence, and our confidence must be in God. All else will disappoint.

30 review for A Time for Confidence: Trusting God in a Post-Christian Society

  1. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    I have long been thankful for the work of Ligonier. They have recently begun publishing many short books, such as this one, that serve as great encouragements to Christians. They make for a good read for a Sabbath afternoon. The book is perhaps best summarized by Nichols himself in the concluding pages: "Someday we will be like Him. That's our hope. But it's not a hope that we put on the shelf, and it's not a hope that sends us into a cave. It's a hope that sends us into the world with confidence I have long been thankful for the work of Ligonier. They have recently begun publishing many short books, such as this one, that serve as great encouragements to Christians. They make for a good read for a Sabbath afternoon. The book is perhaps best summarized by Nichols himself in the concluding pages: "Someday we will be like Him. That's our hope. But it's not a hope that we put on the shelf, and it's not a hope that sends us into a cave. It's a hope that sends us into the world with confidence. We can be confident in God, confident in His Word, confident in Christ, confident in the gospel, and confident in hope." (142)In this confident hope, in the midst of an alien world, we proclaim the gospel of the one true God, set forth in his infallible Word, of redemption in Christ. We are not yet what we shall be, "and what we will be has not yet appeared," But because God is true, we can with confidence proclaim that hope to a world desperately in need.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    If you're a Christian in America, you probably feel the change in our society. The culture is shifting further and further away from our Christian heritage. As time goes on, we may feel the pressure to compromise our beliefs to align with the culture of our day. But should we? Culture changes. Societies change. Nations and leaders rise and fall. But God's word stands true forever. In this timely book, Nichols reminds us where our confidence should rest: God, the Bible, Christ, the Gospel, and hop If you're a Christian in America, you probably feel the change in our society. The culture is shifting further and further away from our Christian heritage. As time goes on, we may feel the pressure to compromise our beliefs to align with the culture of our day. But should we? Culture changes. Societies change. Nations and leaders rise and fall. But God's word stands true forever. In this timely book, Nichols reminds us where our confidence should rest: God, the Bible, Christ, the Gospel, and hope. As we stand firm in the Word we need to do so with confidence. Nichols brings us back to the early church, less than 100 years after Jesus died on the cross, to show us what that confidence looks like. It's the same confidence we see over a thousand years later in the Reformers. "This is not a time to cower, cave, or capitulate. It is a time for confidence, and our confidence must be in God. All else will disappoint." I highly recommend this book to all Christians. Especially anyone feeling the pressure to conform to this world.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Seth Lippert

    A good, encouraging mix of history, biography, and theology. Reads a little homiletical, in a good way.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Zach McDonald

    Stephen Nichols has always been a favorite orator of mine. In his podcast, he always finds a way to pack brilliant lessons from church history into five short minutes. I have also enjoyed his teaching through Ligonier ministries. This is, however, the first of his written work that I have had the pleasure of reading. Nichols' thesis is basic: it is becoming clear that the West is becoming more and more 'post-Christian' and for many Christians this means fear when it should mean confidence. He the Stephen Nichols has always been a favorite orator of mine. In his podcast, he always finds a way to pack brilliant lessons from church history into five short minutes. I have also enjoyed his teaching through Ligonier ministries. This is, however, the first of his written work that I have had the pleasure of reading. Nichols' thesis is basic: it is becoming clear that the West is becoming more and more 'post-Christian' and for many Christians this means fear when it should mean confidence. He then identifies five areas in which we can place our confidence: God, Scripture, Christ, the Gospel, and the hope of the future. While I give two thumbs up to the end-goal of this book , his writing is a bit choppy and sporadic which did not make for much of a pleasant read. It is also more of an entry level work, which I was not expecting. Nothing entirely profound was written that could not have been found elsewhere or said with shorter space. With that said, I would recommend this book to a new Christian - perhaps a middle or high school aged student - who is not entirely familiar with the Reformed faith and tradition. These could benefit greatly from Nichols' short, sporadic, yet encouraging examples from Scripture and history. If I am honest, one of the reasons why I wanted to read this book is because I am leaning towards an optimist view of history (aka postmillennialism). Being familiar with Nichols' work in church history, I was interested in seeing how he interacted with the current state of the church and where we may be heading. In many ways, he certainly comes across as optimistic with regards to where history is heading prior to the second advent. He provides numerous biblical and historical examples of times of suffering, when the people of God held fast to the promise of God of a hopeful future. At other times, however, he clearly focuses more so on the second advent specifically. I think this is a good balance - though I am not certain of Nichols' understanding of eschatology. This book has reminded me of the need for the Church to have confidence in God for the future - including history prior to and after the second advent. The way our context looks now has no bearing on whether or not God will keep his promises that he has laid out in Scripture. In my estimation, the downfall of postmillennialism is often a lack of longing for the second advent, whereas the downfall of amillennialism is often an apathy towards the here and now. Nichols' seems to balance these well, all while not giving away his particular understanding of what will happen before Christ returns. While not entirely profound, Nichols' work is an encouraging word and would serve young Christians well. 3.5/5 Originally posted at www.joyandtriumph.com

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bill Pence

    I have to admit, it’s easy to get discouraged these days when we see how our culture is going on issues such as marriage, gender and life (abortion). Stephen Nichols writes that we need vision in this time of change. The pressure is on dissenters from the culture shift. The author states that in this time of tolerance and pluralism, when the Bible is seen as irrelevant compared with cultural trends, it is not a time for Christians to cower, cave or capitulate. Nichols writes that today truth is I have to admit, it’s easy to get discouraged these days when we see how our culture is going on issues such as marriage, gender and life (abortion). Stephen Nichols writes that we need vision in this time of change. The pressure is on dissenters from the culture shift. The author states that in this time of tolerance and pluralism, when the Bible is seen as irrelevant compared with cultural trends, it is not a time for Christians to cower, cave or capitulate. Nichols writes that today truth is seen as elastic. You share your own reality. Truth about marriage, gender and life is whatever you shape it to be. How are Christians to respond in such times? Our confidence must be in God. The author states that the emphasis of the book can be found in Martin Luther’s great hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”, based on Psalm 46. God saves us, helps us and keeps us. Our strength and confidence is in God, not us. God delights to demonstrate His power in the lives of His people. We miss out when we fail to put our confidence in God. Throughout the book the author helpfully uses scripture (Isaiah, Genesis, etc.) to illustrate his points, as well as writings from church history, including Calvin, Luther and Edwards. He asks the reader in our current culture, will our authority continue to be in the Word in God? There certainly an assault on the authority of the Bible today. He tells us that we must reaffirm, not rethink, the Bible. We must take a stand. We can stand firm in Christ and the Gospel.  Our time is not a time for retreat, but advance.  Being "in Christ" is our identity. We share in his sufferings. Our weakness is made perfect. In Christ, we can be confident.  He writes that as King, Christ reigns and rules over all things. This is a basis for confidence.  We can also be confident in the Gospel. Do we believe in the power of the Gospel? Paul and Peter did. The Gospel will succeed over all odds and opposition.  Nichols writes that we are children of God. We are adopted. We have confidence in who we are and who we will be. We can endure hardships because we know the end of the story. Now is a time for conviction and a time for confidence. I was encouraged in reading this small book. Even in a culture that increasingly is at odds with Christianity, we can be confident in the Bible, in Christ and in the Gospel.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

    A TIME FOR CONFIDENCE: Trusting God in a Post-Christian Society Stephen J. Nichols; Reformation Trust Publishing (2016) A Time for Confidence by Stephen J. Nichols, addresses the fears and anxieties that Christians may face finding their places in a world that is no longer able to acknowledge the existence of God or the truths of Christianity. With a world that is constantly establishing new norms for behaviors and beliefs that are definitely noted based on biblical principles; and that grows incr A TIME FOR CONFIDENCE: Trusting God in a Post-Christian Society Stephen J. Nichols; Reformation Trust Publishing (2016) A Time for Confidence by Stephen J. Nichols, addresses the fears and anxieties that Christians may face finding their places in a world that is no longer able to acknowledge the existence of God or the truths of Christianity. With a world that is constantly establishing new norms for behaviors and beliefs that are definitely noted based on biblical principles; and that grows increasingly violent and dangerous on a weekly basis; where are followers of Christ to go to maintain a sense of peace and confidence in our present-day environment? Nichols says that answer is the God of the Bible and His promises in His written Word. The author argues that Christians have almost always been in the minority in culture for the last 2000-plus years, but the last few years has seen rapid erosion of any positive influences that Christianity might have influenced in Western culture over the past 500 years, especially in western Europe and North America. Nevertheless, historian and scholar Nichols makes a strong case that Christians in the West can still rely on the same promises that the early Christians relied on in the Roman world. In Chapters Two - Five, Nichols lays out in detail the four reasons/factors that have always formed the basis of the confidence of believers in Christ in a sin-rocked world: God; the Bible; Jesus Christ, and the Gospel. In the final chapter, the author ties all of these facts of the character of God and Christ, the reliability of the Bible and the promises it contains, and the truly Good News that is the Gospel as delivered by Jesus and the Apostles to the church and the world at large. A Time for Confidence is written for a general audience, and should provide much solid comfort and encouragement to Christians as they strive to live at peace and safety with a hostile and sick world. Pastors will also find much here on which to use in sermons to speak hope to their congregations. A useful and worthwhile resource for any Christian looking for confidence in a rapidly changing, unpredictable world.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Reid

    Nichols presents this book as a Christian's answer to a culture which is losing it's "moral compass." He asks the question, "How can the idea of truth, truth as absolute and objective reality, penetrate this new worldview?" (pluralistic and postmodern) He proposes having "full trust" (confidence) in: 1. God: "Behold, your God" Isaiah 40; look intently and intensely, at our impressive God p29 2. the Bible: "Will our authority be the Word of God? Or will the sensibilities of our age?" We must let the Nichols presents this book as a Christian's answer to a culture which is losing it's "moral compass." He asks the question, "How can the idea of truth, truth as absolute and objective reality, penetrate this new worldview?" (pluralistic and postmodern) He proposes having "full trust" (confidence) in: 1. God: "Behold, your God" Isaiah 40; look intently and intensely, at our impressive God p29 2. the Bible: "Will our authority be the Word of God? Or will the sensibilities of our age?" We must let the Bible be our guide. p 50 Isaiah 55:11 3. Christ: our union with Christ; our challenges are great, but Christ and the Gospel are so much greater; He forgives our sins, is the means of conquering all our enemies, (including sin and death, and He is the means of ultimate victory. God's grace is sufficient to save us and sufficient to keep us and to meet us at every turn in the Christian life. p 85 4. the Gospel: the power of the Gospel changed the Praetorian Guard and the Roman society and can in our day as well, like it did for Paul and Peter in their day. Eph 3:1-14 5. Hope: heaven is a world of love and thus we have hope. p121 1 John 3:1-3 He ends with the exhortation from Hebrews 10:35 "Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Do we believe in the power of the Gospel? We can have a misplaced confidence that ultimately leaves us hopeless. God created us to have hope and that hope must be in the work of Christ. The text deals with putting our confidence where it belongs. Now is the time to examine where our confidence lies. It is not the time to lament about bygone days but to live out our hope of the gospel. Six chapters to direct your heart A time for Confidence Confidence in God Confidence in the Bible Confidence in Ch Do we believe in the power of the Gospel? We can have a misplaced confidence that ultimately leaves us hopeless. God created us to have hope and that hope must be in the work of Christ. The text deals with putting our confidence where it belongs. Now is the time to examine where our confidence lies. It is not the time to lament about bygone days but to live out our hope of the gospel. Six chapters to direct your heart A time for Confidence Confidence in God Confidence in the Bible Confidence in Christ Confidence in the Gospel Confidence in Hope The text is Behold your God and do not fear. Our fear comes from not understanding our own reality and the weakness we all share. We are not in control as we fight for control. A misplaced confidence I know all to well. I was greatly challenged by this book to strive for my convictions and to put confidence in the only true hope of Christ. A Special Thank You to Reformation Trust Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Christopher

    The purpose of this book is simple: to restore our hope and confidence in God alone despite the shifting and increasingly-secular society. The author provided historical examples on reminding that our era is not beyond saving and God's grace. And it really comes up to this quote on the last chapter on the book: "One time is a time when the ground beneath our feet is shifting ... We could even simply complain of how difficult it is to live according to a Christian ethic in the twenty-first centur The purpose of this book is simple: to restore our hope and confidence in God alone despite the shifting and increasingly-secular society. The author provided historical examples on reminding that our era is not beyond saving and God's grace. And it really comes up to this quote on the last chapter on the book: "One time is a time when the ground beneath our feet is shifting ... We could even simply complain of how difficult it is to live according to a Christian ethic in the twenty-first century. That complaint does not give us a pass to get out from under our obligation. ... Christ endured. Look to Christ. You can endure."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    It seems that Christianity in America is under harsh attack. When it was once understood to be American was almost assuredly to be Bible-believing Christian, such time has passed. To be Christian in America today is to rid oneself of the shackles of “archaic teachings” for the enlightenment of social equality. Such attacks has caused many to lose confidence. The Bible is attacked and many have felt the social backlash of being seen as “intolerant” or “hater” or “uneducated”. How is a Christian t It seems that Christianity in America is under harsh attack. When it was once understood to be American was almost assuredly to be Bible-believing Christian, such time has passed. To be Christian in America today is to rid oneself of the shackles of “archaic teachings” for the enlightenment of social equality. Such attacks has caused many to lose confidence. The Bible is attacked and many have felt the social backlash of being seen as “intolerant” or “hater” or “uneducated”. How is a Christian to remain confident in the truth during these difficult times? Stephen J. Nichols has written a much needed book for times such as these. A Time for Confidence is a call to remain firm and not given into social pressures. Nichols lays out that Christians can be confident in: God, the Bible, Christ, the Gospel, and hope. My giving stories of Christians in past times who stood firm on the solid foundation of the Bible, Nichols parallels their stories with current times to show that God has not failed them and He will not fail us. His Word is forever, Christ has given us peace and power, and the Gospel still changes lives. Christians must rest in these confidences even when the dark skies of social judgment begin to thunder words to change our ways. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hank Pharis

    I loved this book. I don't know if I've ever read a book before that I couldn't find something to disagree with. I was tempted to shout out in approval several times as I listened to this. I look forward to reading it again later. (Note: I'm stingy with stars. For me 2 stars means a good book. 3 = Very good; 4 = Outstanding {only about 5% of the books I read merit this}; 5 = All time favorites {one of these may come along every 400-500 books})

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Hunt

    Helpful and compelling, it uses every one of its 143-pages efficiently. This book handles its history, theology, and biography with precision and encourages the reader toward greater courage and endurance. 5 well-earned stars for Stephen J. Nichols and highly recommended as an introduction to the topic of living in a "Post-Christian Society." I have given this book away many times since reading and plan to read it again in the near future.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brandon A. Blake

    A shorter, encouraging work on living in a post-modern world where many resort to wishing for yesterday. Dr. Nichols grounds his exploration of the grounds upon which the Christian has for confidence amid the cultural noise of the present day with stories from church history. It is a fantastic summer book and I commend it to you.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aleena

    This is my pick for my 2019 BOOK OF THE YEAR! So encouraging and convicting in the midst of today's culture. It reminds you of what Christians have gone through before and there really is NOTHING new under the sun ... AND WE KNOW WHO WINS!!! We have to take our focus off the current happenings and keep our focus on Him! This is a must read for Christians!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris Curry

    This is a good and straight-forward work that calls Christians to have confidence in our current post-Christian society. With a blend of theology and history to make his point, Nichols shows that our confidence needs to be rightly placed in 1.) God, 2.) the Scriptures, 3.) Christ, 4.) the Gospel, and 5.) hope. Very encouraging read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Mccune

    Comforting Comforting call for confidence in the hope we have as Christians. Especially because of the reminders that we are not the first Christians to be living in troubling times.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Relevant, encouraging, joyful - and just what I needed to hear at the moment.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rex Blackburn

    3 stars feels low, I would probably bump this one up to 3.5 if that was possible. Not much unexpected here. Good read, edifying, I liked it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jan Huebner

    Excellent Book and a fairy easy read. Jan

  20. 4 out of 5

    Raul Caban

    In a time of uncertainty, in a time when the church is losing ground, our confidence should not diminish. Our confidence in God, Christ, the Bible, the gospel and hope will be tested, but we cannot let the tribulations and persecutions of the world trouble us. In this little book, Dr. Nichols presents a strong argument of how Christians should respond to the challenges of the increasing hostility of the world to the gospel and it's message. Highly recommend it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Adam Smith

    I thought it was good. The writing left a little bit to be desired. I found the book to be encouraging. Also, I thought that it kind of lacked a clear focus at times. It seemed to jump from one topic to another. I couldn't decide if this was more of a sermon or a Bible study. On the whole, it is well worth reading. I believe you will find yourself to be encouraged and strengthened in your faith.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    So very timely!

  23. 4 out of 5

    steve

    Very much worth reading in any time period. Especially today! If you are like me, times such as now can be frightening. No need ! GOD is in control! Keeping this fact forefront in your mind is crucial.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    A timely and relevant work, reminding Christians where our confidence and our hope should be. Anyone interested in how to faithfully follow Christ in a rapidly decaying society would benefit from this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jack Richardson

    Loved this book. Very encouraging especially with the current climate within the culture.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Schwisow

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shane Jewell

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tim Franks

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Sultze

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