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Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (RE: Lit) [Hardcover]

Mark Driscoll , Gerry Breshears
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)


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March 18, 2010 RE: Lit: Vintage Jesus

Doctrine is the word Christians use to define the truth-claims revealed in Holy Scripture. Of course there is a multitude of churches, church networks, and denominations, each with their own doctrinal statement with many points of disagreement. But while Christians disagree on a number of doctrines, there are key elements that cannot be denied by anyone claiming to be a follower of Jesus.

In Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe, Driscoll and Breshears teach thirteen of these key elements. This meaty yet readable overview of basic doctrine will help Christians clarify and articulate their beliefs in accordance with the Bible.



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From Publishers Weekly

From the authors of Vintage Jesus comes a tome elaborating the 13 teachings they say every Christian should believe. Driscoll, a controversial pastor for his often brash teaching, and Breshears, professor of theology at Western Seminary, combine for this book that describes the heart of Christian truth claims or doctrines. The pair attempt—and accomplish—vigorous interaction with biblical texts, systematic doctrine, culture, and flawed thinking; they directly address the reader, urging repentance and faith. Drawing on orthodox Reformed and Protestant theology, the book moves from God, stays on God, and ends with God. The book is organized around the actions of God: God is, speaks, makes, loves, judges, pursues, comes, dies, saves, sends, transforms, gives, reigns. The book could be used in universities, churches, or seminaries for systematic teaching of this particular strain of Christianity; it makes the most plainspoken and comprehensive case for the new Reformed Protestant Christianity today. (Mar. 31)
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"Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears have written a remarkably insightful treatment of central biblical teachings, with a few surprising but welcome choices. Doctrine is meaty, well-researched, clearly written, interesting, and refreshing—a rare combination. Those who know that truth matters will relish this book. If you don't know that truth matters you should read it anyway, and enjoy watching your mind and heart change."
Randy Alcorn, Author of Heaven, Safely Home, and Deception

"Christianity is ineradicably doctrinal, and, contrary to popular instincts, doctrine unites, as Paul makes clear in Romans 16:17. The question for church leaders, therefore, is how to communicate Christian doctrine in a clear, faithful, and winsome way. It is therefore a pleasure to commend this book, an excellent primer in basic Christian teaching. It will serve as an introduction for new Christians, a refresher for church members, and a good text for Sunday school classes. Highly recommended."
Carl R. Trueman, Academic Dean and Vice President, Westminster Theological Seminary

"Sadly, many Christians think that doctrine is terminally boring and inherently divisive. Driscoll and Breshears blow that stereotype out of the water as they tackle thirteen core doctrines with uncommon grace and penetrating clarity. This addition to my personal library will undoubtedly become well-worn."
Larry Osborne, Pastor and Author, North Coast Church, Vista, CA

"This valuable resource will help Christians clearly understand and articulate their beliefs while igniting a deeper love and passion for Christ."
Craig Groeschel, Founding Pastor of LifeChurch.tv and author of <cite>Confessions of a Pastor</cite>

"We used the unpublished manuscript of Doctrine as a textbook at ChangePoint. In short, the students loved it! They found it easy to read and very practical. Most are looking forward to buying a copy for their personal libraries. Our church has already benefited from Mark and Gerry's latest effort. Buy the book! Use it with your leaders and watch a deeper understanding of doctrine change their lives."
Dan H. Jarrell, Teaching Pastor, ChangePoint Church, Anchorage, Alaska

"God is raising up a new generation of Christ-followers who long to know him and his missional ways in a theologically-robust manner. This latest book by Driscoll and Breshears is certain to play a major role in forming such doctrinally-sound Christians. Besides covering all the major theological topics, they address deep doctrinal issues in a clear and understandable way. And, as in all their books, they help us grasp what difference these doctrines can and should make in our lives and churches."
Gregg R. Allison, Associate Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"I like Doctrine very much. It is a relatively short, clear, and accurate topical summary of biblical teachings, focused on the practical application of doctrine. There is much here to aid readers who have thought in the past that theology was too complicated, uninteresting, or irrelevant. This book is none of those things. It takes off on wings of eagles. It is so important today that believers understand and become committed to all that God's Word says. This book is a wonderful tool to help them do that."
John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

"Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears have accomplished the unusual: they have written a book on doctrine that is both interesting and subs --Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


Product Details

  • Series: RE: Lit: Vintage Jesus
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (March 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433506254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433506253
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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145 of 178 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Often Solid, But Be Careful May 15, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Theology matters, and greatly so. Churches that have lost their hold on the truths of the faith are destined to drift into destructive errors or to simply become social clubs with a religious overtone. This is why books like Mark Driscoll's Doctrine are so important.

What I Liked

Perhaps the best thing about Doctrine is that Driscoll took the time to write it. It is good for churches to see their leadership caring about the teaching of the Scripture in more than a simplistic or superstitious sense. Driscoll does his best to address important issues of the faith in a serious way--his trademark sarcasm is simply not present in this work.

Many of the chapters of this book are worthy of applause. Driscoll handles some heavy topics such as the trinity (chapter 1), the cross and atonement (chapter 8), and the church (chapter 11) with a great deal of insight. In most of these chapters, Driscoll addresses the issues with a nice balance of complexity on the one hand and explanation, simplicity, and application on the other.

What I Did Not Like

There are a few places where discerning Christians will have some questions for Driscoll as they work their way through Doctrine. In some of these cases, the issues may be quite secondary. In others, however, it appears that Driscoll makes some fairly dangerous statements.

The most serious error in this book comes early, in the chapter on divine Revelation (chapter 2). In explaining that general revelation will not bring a person enough knowledge of God to save their souls, Driscoll asserts that in countries closed to missionaries, God might send dreams, visions, or even angels to the lost to bring them the good news of Jesus Christ.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book On God's Story And Our Lives April 12, 2010
By ryan
Format:Hardcover
Doctrine is in my opinion an essential book that every Christian and Pastor should make sure to have on their library. It is excellently written and thoroughly enjoyable to read. The authors nailed their goal of writing a book that is both helpful for the pastor but engaging for the layman. This book will be a great blessing to the church as it will be one that could serve for discussion groups or classes.

The book is laid out to follow along the meta-narrative for God and the story of the Bible. To highlight just a few chapters I would say the chapters on creation, Trinity, and the death of Jesus are worth the price of the book alone.

So why with all the warm word would I give this book only four stars? Good question. As I mentioned the greatest strength of this book is how broad its appeal and function will be. At the same time this forced the book (seemingly) to limit itself in a critical area of theology; the doctrine of Salvation. It was shocking for me to read through such a wonderful book on theology by a theologically solid pastor like Mark Driscoll and find no chapter on salvation. This is understandable if the book is striving to reach the entire range of evangelicals. The doctrine of salvation is historically and usually the most controversial chapter and topic any theologian writes on, and sadly, often serves as a litmus test by many pastors and readers. I am left to conclude either they forgot this (which is highly unlikely given the credentials of the authors and that I have heard Driscoll preach on it countless times). Or that they left it out in the ambition of giving the book a wider audience.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Doctrine for Christians April 8, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Christians are called to know, appreciate, and dispense the crucial doctrines of the biblical faith. Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears have stepped up and endowed the church with a modern and simple presentation of the most important doctrinal teachings of the Christian religion. The authors previously published the "Vintage Jesus" and in this new volume they help make theology appealing in their straightforward writing style.

Pastor Driscoll (Mars Hill) and Breshears (professor of theology Western Seminary) combine to bestow this volume to Christians whereby this very readable book instructs the reader in the most basic truths of Christianity. Yes this is not Berkoff, Grudem, or Reymond, but the authors approach theology from a Reformed position as they present doctrines concerning:

- Who God is
- How God speaks
- How God loves
- How God saves
- And much more

I came to this book because of the strong endorsement from John Frame and this work is excellent for the new believer, teens, busy housewives, and others who want to learn the basic doctrines of the Christian faith in a non-technical manner. Effective, exceptional, simple, educational, and edifying.
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"God Does Exist!: Defending the Faith using Presuppositional apologetics, Evidence, and the Impossibility of the Contrary"
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doctrine or Distinctives? August 25, 2010
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Though I have much respect for Mark Driscoll, I found the book to be less a systematic theology as represented and more of a "distinctives" book on Mars Hill Church in Seattle. I was less then impressed with his handling of many topics including his unorthodox view on the atonement where he coins the phrase Limited, Unlimited Atonement. Driscoll's attempt to reconcile the atonement between Calvinism and Arminianism is fraught with theological holes and dramatically limits the power of the cross. This was a great disappointment to me. It also sets an attitude of "everyone else for 1500 years is wrong but me". Additionally, the flow of the book can be confusing at times. I suspect this is due to the two authors trying to blend material. This is most evident in Chapter 1 where the topic seems to change from one paragraph to another and then back again.

His handling of the gospel and living a missional lifestyle is right on and well written. To be fair to Driscoll this is his specialty and he nails it. He is equally as brilliant in the chapters on the incarnation (very well done) and the handling of the church. These chapters alone make the book worth reading. Doctrine will challenge your view of the Gospel and incite you to action and for this I applaud the book.

I would recommend his book but be discerning about the theology and don't expect it to be a robust systematic theology. It is clearly not that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Christians.
One of the best Bible doctrine books ever written. Reminds me allot of Charles Spurgeon.
Published 1 month ago by JudgeDread1969
4.0 out of 5 stars ... previous owner but all in all it was a great purchase! Well worth...
There were some writings from the previous owner but all in all it was a great purchase! Well worth the money!
Published 1 month ago by Joel Cook
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Published 1 month ago by Jan Little
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Helpful and clarifying
Published 1 month ago by Andy01
5.0 out of 5 stars Reads well and makes you think.
This is a really good doctrine book. First of all, it reads very well. Driscoll's writing style is clear and easy to follow. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rachel Tippett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This is a great book on the basic beliefs of the evangelical church. I appreciate Pastor Mark's insights and his style of communication.
Published 2 months ago by Stephanie Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Great book. Would highly recommend it to all. I plan on ordering more for my small group in the near future
Published 3 months ago by lonnie clouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite book ever.
Never have I ever been more enlightened and informed in a book. This book is my favorite thing, it is the most eye opening, mind blowing thing I have ever read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears are able to articulate Christian Doctrine in plain English. It's hard sometimes getting deeper into Christian doctrine because some authors start... Read more
Published 3 months ago by RunGreg
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctrine by Mark Driscoll: Awesome, spirit filled,guide for our Mens...
Great read and study of Evangelical doctrine. we had our men's group bible study go over each chapter each week and then went to hear Mark Driscoll and 4 other speakers @ Act like... Read more
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