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Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way Paperback – April 1, 2010
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Historically, the church's ministry of grounding new believers in the essentials of the faith has been known as catechesis--systematic instruction in faith foundations, including what we believe, how we pray and worship, and how we conduct our lives. For most evangelicals today, however, this very idea is an alien concept. Packer and Parrett, concerned for the state of the church, seek to inspire a much needed evangelical course correction. This new book makes the case for a recovery of significant catechesis as a nonnegotiable practice, urging evangelical churches to undertake this biblical ministry for the sake of their spiritual health and vitality.
"Packer said that the greatest challenge for the twenty-first-century church was to recatechize and disciple believers. These contributions from two of our best Christian thinkers help us to do precisely that. It will help you to see how to make not just converts but, as Jesus tells us, disciples."―Chuck Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship
"More than a call to recover a neglected practice, Grounded in the Gospel provides concrete advice to us all for dedicating ourselves anew to rooting the next generation in the great truths of the faith."―Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology, Westminster Seminary California
"I want to prod parishes of all denominations to listen to Packer and Parrett's cries and constructive proposals to better equip new believers. This is an urgently needed book!" ―Marva J. Dawn, author of Is It a Lost Cause? and Talking the Walk; teaching fellow in spiritual theology, Regent College
"At last, a book that tells local churches how to fulfill all of the Great Commission! I highly recommend this book to pastors and church leaders who want to encourage Christian intelligence and maturity in their people."―Warren W. Wiersbe, author of the "BE" commentary series
"This book emphasizes two critical factors: learning is important, and catechesis is about the holistic development of the whole people of God. Christian learning needs to make a comeback in the church. This book will help."―Linda Cannell, academic dean, North Park Theological Seminary
J. I. Packer is Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College and an senior editor for Christianity Today. Best known for his bestselling classic Knowing God, Packer is the author or editor of more than fifty books.
Gary A. Parrett is professor of educational ministries and worship at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the coauthor of A Many Colored Kingdom and Teaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful.
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Gary A. Parrett is professor of educational ministries and worship at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the coauthor of The Many Colored Kingdom.
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Top Customer Reviews
Whatever catechism was, it sounded positively dreadful (after all, think of all the Nintendo he was missing out on...)
Likewise, in modern evangelical circles, the idea of catechism is shunned. It's too Catholic, too dry, too dull. Instead, we rely primarily on self-learning, children's church and sparsly-attended adult Sunday School classes for our doctrinal formation.
J.I. Packer and Gary A. Parrett want to change that. In Grounded in the Gospel, the authors strive to illustrate the biblical foundations of catechism and provide helpful outlines for how we can integrate it into our churches' ministries. As they work they build their case, the picture of catechism they describe is anything but dreadful--for one who desires to know more about the Christian faith, it can be downright exhilarating.
I greatly appreciated the thoughtfulness and thoroughness the authors applied to the subject, particularly as they wrestled first with the historical and biblical foundations of catechism. Because in many evangelical circles, there is a discomfort about the idea of doing things because of historical tradition, it is essential to understand that the idea of catechism finds its roots in Scripture. The authors explain that the our word "catechesis" is derived from the New Testament word for "teaching," kat'che'.Read more ›
What's great about this book? What's great is that it is very thorough. Incredibly thorough. In fact, if one were to desire to do a study on the roots and Biblical origin of catechizing this work would be one of the only needed resources to give you an in depth look at the subject. What's not so great about the book? What's not so great is the same as its strength. It is VERY thorough. Because it is packed with so much detail it drags a bit and is difficult to keep your focus (or at least mine).
I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it. Just be sure you have your reading decks cleared for a bit...
Considering the lack of doctrinal depth and biblical knowledge of many in the Protestant churches I have been associated with, I think this is a message that Protestants need to both hear and apply in their individual congregations.
Packer and Parrett have laid out a step by step road map on how to catechise the preachers and teachers who can then catechise the faithful. We Christians tend to think that we are all on the same page but we're not. This book not only points to the right page but lays out how to get there.
This is not the quickest read you'll ever enjoy but it's worth the work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book will guide you back to a wholehearted full education and training for all ages in your church.Published 3 months ago by Elmer M. Padgett
The authors do a nice job giving both the historical and biblical precedent for catechesis along with practical suggestions on how to get started in our churches today.Published 3 months ago by Stephen Kitchen
Gives a good overview of the history of catechesis and makes a compelling case for its necessity. Helpful suggestions. Some of the structure is difficult to follow at times.Published 13 months ago by Steve Richman
Very good on several levels. Addresses critical issues facing the church and extensively documents that the proposed solutions are thoroughly Biblical.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book provides a great introduction to catechism for Evangelical churches. The authors provide a solid historical background. They provide a do-able plan for implementation.Published on July 27, 2013 by Tim Prickett
Good read and challenging. but it needs more practical guidance for the reader. Needs some more suggested methodologies - that would kick it up to about 9 stars. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Packer is a Scripturally-based man of God that explains and expounds GOD'S Word in an easily-readable manner. Blessings abound when Packer's writings are read.Published on June 14, 2013 by JenniferPatton