- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Evangelical Press; First edition (October 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0852344473
- ISBN-13: 978-0852344477
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peter Jeffery has a unique gift for presenting difficult concepts precisely, with clear and simple language. Bitesize theology is both sound and simple a combination that is all too rare in modern evangelical literature. This is an invaluable resource for both lay people and serious students of theology. - --John F. MacArthur Jr
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Peter Jeffery enjoyed a long and successful ministry. He is now retired, although he continues to preach and to write. He is the author of numerous books and booklets.
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This work however, I recommend wholeheartedly. People in our churches today are starving for straightforward, biblically based, easy-to-read theology. Jeffery here speaks to the layperson as he outlines key doctrines of the Christian faith. Among the doctrines explained are: God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, Sin, Grace, Regeneration, Justification, Sanctification, and the Second Coming. I'm recommending this book to my church librarian as an addition to the materials available to our congregation. It is simply a superb primer on Christian theology!
This fall our family will be transitioning our boys from elementary school work into middle school studies. I’ll be posting later this week about our plans for the coming year as far as curriculum and media go. One of the subjects my husband and I have agreed to introduce and be faithful about covering is theology. We want our children to truly understand biblical doctrine and be able to readily explain words such propitiation, justification, and regeneration.
This is not because we hope their heads will swell and explode — it’s because God’s Word is important, and being biblically grounded is foundational to a vibrant relationship with Christ.
As such, I’ve been searching for materials that can be used to educate our kids in the area of theology. With my classical / Charlotte Mason-ish bent, I like to approach an issue from a number of different angles, and use a variety of mediums. EP Books has been kind enough to give me the freedom to choose books I’d like to review, and with my current search for materials for next year underway, Bitesize Theology: An ABC of the Christian Faith by Peter Jeffery (EP Books, 2000) topped my list.
Bitesize Theology is a fantastic primer for middle school and high school students of the basics of the Christian faith. The book is written for lay people, and as such, would be an excellent introduction to parents hoping to disciple their children as well. At just 109 pages, the book is manageable and easy to progress through. Each chapter is short — just 6 pages or less. The chapters are each divided into subtopics, making them perfect for shorter devotional readings (if that’s the way your family rolls).
Each of the 20 chapters covers a very specific aspect of theology, breaking it down into salient points. These points are thoroughly supported by Scripture. There’s an “It’s Worth Quoting” section at the end of each chapter with an excerpt on the given subject from a well-know (theologically conservative) writer. Review questions help students think through what they’ve learned in the light of Scripture, and each chapter also includes a suggestion for a book that would allow for further reading on the given topic. (Perhaps great resources for high school students!)
Bitesize Theology is a great little primer on theology for your older students. It’s clear, to-the-point, and encouraging. You don’t have to take my word for it, though. The book comes recommended by Pastor John MacArthur who says: “Peter Jeffery has a unique gift for presenting difficult concepts precisely, with clear and simple language. Bitesize Theology is both sound and simple — a combination that is all too rare in modern evangelical literature. This is an invaluable resource for both lay people and serious students of theology.”
Bitesize Theology covers the following topics:
•ABC (The point of studying theology)
•The Holy Spirit
•Repentance and Faith
•Union with Christ
•The Second Coming
Although written from a reformed perspective, it takes no stance on spiritual gifts (but emphasizes the necessity of Holy Spirit empowerment for ministry) or the Millennium (but emphasizes the significance of being heavenly-minded/ future-glory-oriented). It also avoids going into a "camp" mentality of Calvinism/Arminianism steering around not only the attitude but the terms.
Baptism is not included in this book. I would guess the reason has to do with making it amenable to a wider audience but it's a glaring omission in light of quoting Hebrews 6 regarding the elementary truths of the faith.
Particularly helpful for those who are just entering into grappling with the essentials of the Christian faith and/or the theological vocabulary of the NT.
The first two chapters tackle the need for a grasp of the elementary truths of the faith and the common objection to the distinctive vocabulary of the faith. These two are nearly worth the cost of the book alone for the target audience.
Target audience: immature Christians. If you're a bible major, seminarian, pastor, etc. skip this book unless you're in a position where you might be able to utilize this book for the benefit of the target audience.
For what it is, the book does well.
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