- Series: IVP Classics
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: IVP Books; unknown edition (May 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830834133
- ISBN-13: 978-0830834136
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 166 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Basic Christianity (IVP Classics) Paperback – May 3, 2012
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"There are a few landmark books that everyone in the world should read. This is one of the rare few. In the twenty-first century, you cannot afford to ignore this book! Whether you are a skeptic, raised in another faith, spiritual seeker or Christian believer, you need to know why 2.3 billion people call themselves 'Christians.' You need to know what they believe and why they believe it. This book is especially essential for leaders in business, government, academics, media, entertainment, journalism and other fields that work directly with people. To be able to have an intelligent conversation with one-third of our world's population, you need to understand their worldview. This is the classic introduction to the faith that has transformed billions of lives." (Rick Warren, author, The Purpose Driven Life, pastor, Saddleback Church) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"'Who is Jesus Christ?' and 'What does it mean to follow him?' These are the basic questions that need to be first sincerely asked and then meaningfully answered. They are the fundamental questions the Gospels ask and to which they give the perfect answer. From Augustine to Bonhoeffer, from The Confessions to The Cost of Discipleship, great theologians with pastors' hearts have asked and answered these two basic questions for their own age. In our time, it has been John Stott and his Basic Christianity." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book was well packaged and came in the stated time period. The condition was exactly as stated.
I recommend this book to non-believers who are searching for life's true meaning, believers who want to know exactly what we as Christians believe about our Father and His Son, and all mature believers who need a refresher in the fundamentals of the faith.
There is some basic apologetics, but there is much more as well. It contains a lot of basic Christian doctrines and some great insights. The author shows that it matters what one thinks about spiritual issues as well as why it matters. He teaches a lot about the character and nature of God.
Some of the topics that he addresses are that people do not seek God without God seeking them first, that the primary purpose of the Gospel is not an invitation to man, but rather a statement about what God has done for us through Christ, that God will only be found by those who really seek Him, the importance of humility in the spiritual quest, that many who belong to the 'visible Church', are not necessarily members of the real church, and much more.
This is really a powerhouse that should be read by spiritual seekers, those who are already Christians, and pretty much everyone else. At the very least, from an educational standpoint, any reader can learn "why 2.3 billion people call themselves 'Christians'" as Rick Warren states in the foreward.
The book provides strong arguments for Christ and the resurrection and historic Christianity. It also makes clear what the implications of following Christ are.
The book was written for seekers and new Christians--but may also benefit older Christians who want a systematic exposition of the arguements for Christianity.
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