Discerning the Plight of Man by Paul David Washer
Discerning the Plight of Man by Paul David Washer
Discerning the Plight of Man by Paul David Washer
Discerning the Plight of Man by Paul David Washer
Discerning the Plight of Man by Paul David Washer
Discerning the Plight of Man by Paul David Washer

Discerning the Plight of Man by Paul David Washer

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Discerning the Plight of Man is the third workbook in Paul David Washer's Biblical Foundations for the Christian Faith series of Bible Studies by Media Gratiae. This workbook can be used as a 7-week study for individuals, families, Sunday school classes, small groups, and churches.  

  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Media Gratiae (2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9886681-6-4
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches 

Download the first chapter of the book here (1MB). 


Apart from a correct understanding of the nature and sin of man, it is impossible to understand the gospel of Jesus Christ or to appreciate fully the grace that God has extended to us through this magnificent work. For this reason, this workbook purposes to set before the reader the reality of man's fallenness and the dire consequences of his sin. The purpose is not to steal hope from the heart of the reader, but to point the reader to the only true hope for man—the gospel of Jesus Christ. In other words, this workbook takes the reader through the dark tunnel of man's sin so that he or she might see with greater clarity the light of God's grace.

The great goal of this study is for the student to have an encounter with God through His Word. Founded upon the conviction that the Scriptures are the inspired and infallible Word of God, this study has been designed in such a way that it is literally impossible for the student to advance without an open Bible before him or her. The goal is to help the reader obey the exhortation of the Apostle Paul in II Timothy 2:15: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”

 Each chapter deals with a specific aspect of the doctrine of man and his desperate plight before a holy God. The student will complete each chapter by answering the questions and following the instructions according to the Scriptures given. The student is encouraged to meditate upon each text and write his or her thoughts. The benefit gained from this study will depend upon the student’s investment. If the student answers the questions thoughtlessly, merely copying the text without seeking to understand its meaning, this book will be of very little help.

Discerning the Plight of Man is primarily a biblical study and does not contain much in the way of colorful illustrations, quaint stories, or theological treatises. It was the desire of the author to provide a work that simply points the way to the Scriptures and allows the Word of God to speak for itself.

This workbook may be used by an individual, in a small group, for a Sunday school class, or in other contexts. It is highly recommended that the student complete each chapter on his or her own before meeting for discussion and questions with the group or discipleship leader.

 The New American Standard Bible is required to complete this study. This version of Scripture was chosen for the following reasons: (1) the unwavering conviction of its translators that the Bible is the infallible Word of God; and (2) its faithfulness to the original languages.


“Paul Washer possesses a rare gift that combines theological precision with penetrating application that is heart-searching and life-changing. This workbook will lead you to a better understanding of critically important issues that form the foundation of your knowledge of who God is and how we are to relate to Him. Washer does an exceptional job of magnifying the sovereignty of God, while exposing the deplorable depths of our sin. In so doing, this book wonderfully magnifies the saving, sanctifying grace of God in ways that will first humble your soul and then cause your heart to soar to the heights of the throne of grace. Read this workbook carefully, answer its questions thoughtfully, and you will find your spiritual life enhanced greatly.”
— Dr. Steven J. Lawson, President and Founder of OnePassion Ministries

“What we have here is a no-holds-barred, deeply biblical workbook on the doctrine of the human race. It has everything, and I mean everything—from the fall, through our moral inability to seek God, His hatred of both sin and sinner, and the reality and terror of hell…. I kid you not, we will be using this manual to train our people at Niddrie Community Church (and further afield). Hard, hard truths are here made understandable and without pulling punches.”
— Mez McConnell, Director of 20schemes, Author of Is There Anybody Out There?

“Paul Washer greatly encourages me, because he refuses to neglect why the Church exists—that we are here to be a tabernacle of witness in the wilderness of this world. May God use this book to remind us that hell is a reality and that we have a responsibility to warn every man, that we may present every man perfect in Jesus Christ.”
— Ray Comfort, Founder and CEO of Living Waters


Book One: Knowing the Living God 
Book Two: Discovering the Glorious Gospel
Book Three: Discerning the Plight of Man 
Book Four: Understanding the Discipline of Fasting
Book Five: Studying the Holy Scriptures  
Note that although the five themes in the Biblical Foundations series are interrelated, the studies stand on their own and can be done in any order.   

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Fallen man receives all the blessings of salvation out of the eternal fountain of the grace of God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ and through the operation of the Holy Spirit. While the Spirit can and does in some respects operate immediately on the soul of the sinner, He has seen fit to bind Himself largely to the use of certain means in the communication of divine grace. " (L. Berkhof)

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The means of grace are in my hand,
The blessing is at God’s command
Who must the work fulfill;
And though I read, and watch and pray,
Yet here the Lord directs my way
And worketh all things still.

Prepare my tongue to pray and praise,
To speak of providential ways,
And heavenly truth unfold;
To strengthen well a feeble soul,
Correct the Wanton, rouse the dull,
And silence sinners bold.







 Matthew Robinson | Director, Media Gratiae