- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; unknown edition (November 13, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310255996
- ISBN-13: 978-0310255994
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
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Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know Paperback – November 13, 2005
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'As Wayne Grudem's 'Systematic Theology' contracts into a compact book, I do not lose my enthusiasm for the truth he loves and the clarity of his words.' -- John Piper, Author
'Based on 'Systematic Theology', this summary will certainly help beginners with Christ to get the hang of their faith.' -- J.I. Packer, Executive Editor
'These truly are 20 basic beliefs that every Christian should know. Wayne Grudem is a master teacher with the ability to explain profound truths is simple language. He is a man of deep conviction and theological passion -- and those who read this book will be both educated and encouraged in the faith.' -- R. Albert Mohler Jr, President
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Christian Essentials Made Plain and Simple God doesn't call every Christian to go off to seminary, but there are certain matters of doctrine---that is, the church's teaching---that every Christian simply must know. Theology is important because what we believe affects how we live. If you're a relatively new believer in Jesus, or if you're a more mature Christian looking for a quick brush-up on basics of the faith, Christian Beliefs is for you. This readable guide to twenty basic Christian beliefs is a condensation of Wayne Grudem's award-winning book on systematic theology, prized by pastors and teachers everywhere. He and his son, Elliot, have boiled down the essentials of Christian theology for the average layperson and made them both clear and applicable to life. You will learn about the Bible, the characteristics of God, what it means that we are created in the image of God, what God has done for us in Christ, the purpose of the church, and much more. Each chapter includes questions for personal review or group discussion. These truly are twenty basic beliefs that every Christian should know. Wayne Grudem is a master teacher with the ability to explain profound truths in simple language. He is a man of deep conviction and theological passion---and those who read this book will be both educated and encouraged in the faith. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky Based on Systematic Theology, this summary will certainly help beginners with Christ to get the hang of their faith. J. I. Packer, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia As Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology contracts into a compact book, I do not lose my enthusiasm for the truth he loves and the clarity of his words. John Piper, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Wayne Grudem's 1264-page Systematic Theology was first published in 1994. In 1999, Jeff Purswell edited it down to a 528-page version, titled Bible Doctrine. Now, Zondervan has publish a 144-page version, edited by Wayne's son, Elliot, titled Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know.
Here are the topics covered in this new version:
What is the Bible?
What is God like?
What is the Trinity?
What is creation?
What is prayer?
What are angels and demons?
What is man?
What is sin?
Who is Christ?
What is the atonement?
What is the resurrection?
What is election (or predestination)?
What does it mean to become a Christian?
What are justification and adoption?
What are sanctification and perseverance?
What is death?
What is the church?
What will happen when Christ returns?
What is the final judgment?
What is heaven?
I think that this would be an ideal book for Sunday School classes, and especially for memberships classes--as well as a wonderful tool for discipleship in the faith. Review and application questions are included to facilitate discussion. I taught it to a group of 30 people over 20 weeks with ages ranging from 10-90 and everyone got something out of it.
My one knock on it is that Grudem's son, who did the abridgement, is a little more charismatic than his father and that bleeds through into some areas of theology that are entirely unrelated to the gifts. Notably there seems to be a presuppositional expectation of extra-biblical leading from God that leaks through in many places. That said this is not enough to to prevent me from heartily recommending this work. (As always and with all things test it against scripture.)
This is also a helpful study guide available for free download from the Acts 29 Network (just google it).
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