- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books (February 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801019125
- ISBN-13: 978-0801019128
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50 essential doctrines, clearly and succinctly explained
Christian doctrine must be confessed by the church, taught from generation to generation, and applied to daily life. In this volume theologian Gregg Allison unpacks fifty key doctrines of the Christian faith in a clear, engaging way and provides guidance for how to accurately teach them. He also explains how each doctrine connects to daily life, because he believes that Christian doctrine is not only true belief but also true practice.
This is an indispensable resource for anyone who desires to form believers in sound doctrine and transform lives for the glory of God.
"This is a helpful introduction to theology, especially with its questions and suggestions for further study. Gregg Allison has done yeoman's labor helping us to understand why we came to the biblical convictions that we have throughout history. Here, he shows us why it is (and must be) grounded in the Scriptures."--Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
"One of evangelicalism's finest theologians offers us this clear, handy, faithful, and insightful introduction to the major doctrines of the Christian faith. And he ably guides church leaders in organizing and teaching these truths."--Christopher W. Morgan, dean and professor of theology, School of Christian Ministries, California Baptist University
"This is a much-needed resource for the body of Christ. His presentation of the evidence and arguments for differing views is evenhanded and displays both the Christian charity and clarity that we have come to expect of everything he writes."--Sam Storms, lead pastor for preaching and vision, Bridgeway Church
Gregg R. Allison (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including The Baker Compact Dictionary of Theological Terms, Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine, and Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church. He serves as secretary of the Evangelical Theological Society and is a book review editor for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Gregg is also a pastor of Sojourn Community Church.
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Gregg R. Allison (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including The Baker Compact Dictionary of Theological Terms, Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine, and Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church. He serves as secretary of the Evangelical Theological Society and is a book review editor for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Gregg is also a pastor of Sojourn Community Church.
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But despite the wealth of resources for pastors and teachers, very few provide insight for actually teaching theology. For this reason, Gregg Allison’s new book will be a welcome addition to many personal libraries. 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology is part systematic theology and part pedagogy. Indeed, it is a tool to be reckoned with.
A brief look at the table of contents reveals what initially looks like a traditional systematic theology text. Eight branches of systematic theology are arranged from the doctrine of the Word of God (Bibliology) to the doctrine of future things (Eschatology), respectively. Each branch is subsequently arranged into bite-sized pieces which are designed to be easily digested by the reader.
Each of the fifty chapters contains a one-page snapshot of the content, which includes a summary, main themes, and key Scriptures. Three main sections may also be found in each chapter including:
Understanding Doctrine - Major affirmations, biblical support, and major errors associated with a particular doctrine.
Enacting Doctrine - The case for teaching the stakes for minimizing, marginalizing, or repudiating a particular doctrine.
Teaching the Doctrine - Practical pointers and help with teaching a particular doctrine.
“Christian doctrine is Christian belief based on Scripture,” writes Greg Allison. “The church bears the primary responsibility for constructing and transmitting good theology, with an essential assist from the theological wisdom of the ages. The sound doctrine is believed, practiced, confessed, and taught.”
50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology succeeds in carrying out the aims of the author. It is a treasure chest of biblical wisdom that will encourage and educate. Many pastors, teachers, and professors will benefit from this well-sharpened tool which will lead to the edification of the saints and glorify the Triune God!
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In every Systematic Theology work there are certain aspects which need to be covered, this can be extremely difficult in a 1 volume work, yet Allison does a phenomenal job covering all major topics in systematic theology. Unfortunately due to its small length, just shy a 425 pages, each topic is not dealt with in a in-depth manner. Fortunately though at the end of each Allison provides a teaching outline of how a pastor or teacher makes all about imparting this knowledge in a helpful manner.
While I do not agree with Allison on every aspect of the systematic theology One Thing Remains appearance, his desire to impart a orthodox view of scripture, with a password phone that helps apply such insight to the daily life of a Christian who desires to walk in the way of the Lord. I therefore recommend this to those were looking for a simple and relatively short work on understanding and teaching Systematic Theology. Therefore Greg R. Allison’s, 50 core truths of the Christian faith, is it well worth picking up.
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In eight sections comprised of 50 chapters Allison walks through all the most important doctrines beginning with the doctrine of God and going all the way to eschatology. Each chapter provides a general overview of the doctrine in question, a general guide to teaching the doctrine, and a teaching outline with a list of recommended resources.
This might be one the most helpful resources for pastors published this year. My recommendation would be to get it and use it to teach your church or a class in your church.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
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