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Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs Paperback – February 1, 2001
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Sample topics include: Revelation (Scripture is the Word of God), Predestination (God has a purpose), Trinity (God is one and three), Holiness (God is Light), Conscience (God teaches and cleanses the heart), Incarnation, Virgin Birth, Repentance, Elders, Lord's Supper, Marriage, the Family, Second Coming, Heaven, Hell and many others.
Again, each chapter emphasizes why the doctrine is important for us to know - e.g., what difference it should make in our life. This book is wonde! rful for strengthening your faith and beliefs - helping you know why you believe what you believe, always based on the Bible.
May God bless you through this work as much as He has blessed me.....
The book is divided into 4 main sections, specifically "God Revealed as Creator," "God Revealed as Redeemer," "God Revealed as Lord of Grace," and "God Revealed as Lord of Destiny." These broad divisions are then subdivided into almost 100 short (2-4 pages) chapters, with topics ranging from "The Fall" to "The State". Not exactly a catechism, it is excellent medicine for a catechism-starved world, where vast numbers of Christians would have enormous difficultly even defining many of the most basic terms -- not to mention the most essential doctrines -- of our faith.
Finally, for those unfamiliar with Packer, he is Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and a senior editor of Christianity Today. He holds the D.Phil. from Oxford University, and is one of the world's most prominent Reformed theologians.
(1) God Revealed as Creator
(2) God Revealed as Redeemer
(3) God Revealed as Lord of Grace
(4) God Revealed as Lord of Destiny
Each section contains a short, but extremely pointed summary of a particular doctrine. The book is not designed to be a comprehensive systematic theology. Rather it is written with the layman in mind who has a desire to learn doctrinal truth or may not have the time to devote to a larger work. The precision with which this book is written may encourage readers to study further in a given area.
J.I. Packer continues to write in a way that many have grown to love and expect. Three basic strengths must be noted. First, the author emphasizes the greatness and majesty of God. Packer emphasizes that "theology is for doxology." He writes, "The truest expression of trust in a great God will always be worship, and it will always be proper worship to praise God for being far greater than we can know." Second, Concise Theology is a superb introduction to Reformed thought. Yet the author does not "wear his theology on his sleeve." This work may appeal to a broad range of people who otherwise may be reluctant to study Reformed theology. Finally, the most controversial points of Reformed theology are dealt with in an honest and forthright manner. The most engaging essays include Packer's discussion on particular redemption, the enslaved will, effectual calling, and the constitution of man.
The church owes a tremendous debt to Dr. Packer's faithful ministry over the years. May his tribe increase!
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Simple to understand, but thorough in explaining the Christian faith.Published 9 days ago by D. W. Mahoney
Very deep and thought provoking. Read in small sessions to truly absorb and enhance retention.
This is a great book. Ir had everything I needed for for an intimidating class. I could actually understand it! Just as promised. Thank you.Published 2 months ago by imagine62
Wonderful book. Very to the point. A great book for quick reference.Published 3 months ago by Julie Kizer
Must have reference book for solid doctrine that is very accessible!!Published 4 months ago by J. Bufkin
Our church combed through this book twice for a total of two years. It is a treasure and should be in everybody's library.Published 4 months ago by Hope Cross
Short, well written explanations of basic Christian doctrines. I'm reading it to my kids. Highly recommend it.Published 6 months ago by sarah dillon
I help young pastors who are going though the process of credentialing. This book is very helpful to them to be able to define the terms of the Christian faith.Published 7 months ago by Pastor Pete