Bishop Emeritus Dr Robert M Solomon, the Bishop of The Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000–12, has authored more than 20 books. The Sovereign God and the Christian Disciple is his latest one.
In the first half of the book, he examines in detail the biblical teachings on God’s sovereign nature: as Creator, Saviour, Shepherd and Judge. The latter half of the book explores the implications of believing in God’s sovereignty in various areas of Christian discipleship such as free will, trusting and obeying God, praying, dealing with suffering and pain, engaging in evangelism and mission, and living with hope in this darkening world.
In discussing the sovereignty of God, Bishop Emeritus Solomon describes some differences between the Calvinist Reformed theology of predestination and the Arminian teaching of prevenient grace (the view adopted by Methodist founder John Wesley). He warns against confirmation bias, where readers interpret Scripture according to whatever their position might be. Instead, he advises to “[pay] attention to the context of the passage”, and “[let] Scripture explain Scripture”.
With much reference to Scripture and illustrations from both history and popular culture, Bishop Emeritus Solomon has explained and explored many difficult questions commonly asked about God’s sovereign work in the life of His disciples. Carefully structured and organised, with thoughtful questions at the end of each chapter to aid reflection and study, this book is a valuable addition to the library of any Christian disciple.