A revered scholar and accomplished author, Dr. Tom Nettles is a gift to the Reformed Baptist movement. I first came under the influence of Dr. Nettles almost forty years ago in 1976 as a seminary student. This distinguished professor was my initial contact with Reformed teaching. At the time, I was coming from an entirely different theological persuasion. Nevertheless, his classroom instruction challenged me to give careful consideration to the doctrines of sovereign grace. Nearly four decades later, I can trace my journey in Reformed truth back to the lectern of this acclaimed teacher. To this day, the theological and historical teaching of Dr. Nettles remains a core conviction with me. His book, By His Grace and for His Glory, introduced me to the distinctly Calvinistic commitments of the Southern Baptist founders. Further, his three-volume work, The Baptists: Key People Involved gave me a fuller awareness of the historical lineage of Reformed Baptists. His latest tome on Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Living by Revealed Truth, is destined to be a classic. I remain thankful for the prolific ministry of Dr. Thomas Nettles, a faithful servant of the Word, who has consistently taught the full counsel of God these many decades with an unwavering commitment.
Steven J. Lawson, Senior Pastor
Christ Fellowship Baptist Church