- Series: Re:Lit:Vintage Jesus
- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Crossway (September 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 143352757X
- ISBN-13: 978-1433527579
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 116 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (Re:Lit:Vintage Jesus) Paperback – September 1, 2011
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From the authors of Vintage Jesus comes a tome elaborating the 13 teachings they say every Christian should believe. Driscoll, a controversial pastor for his often brash teaching, and Breshears, professor of theology at Western Seminary, combine for this book that describes the heart of Christian truth claims or doctrines. The pair attempt—and accomplish—vigorous interaction with biblical texts, systematic doctrine, culture, and flawed thinking; they directly address the reader, urging repentance and faith. Drawing on orthodox Reformed and Protestant theology, the book moves from God, stays on God, and ends with God. The book is organized around the actions of God: God is, speaks, makes, loves, judges, pursues, comes, dies, saves, sends, transforms, gives, reigns. The book could be used in universities, churches, or seminaries for systematic teaching of this particular strain of Christianity; it makes the most plainspoken and comprehensive case for the new Reformed Protestant Christianity today. (Mar. 31)
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"Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears have written a remarkably insightful treatment of central biblical teachings, with a few surprising but welcome choices. Doctrine is meaty, well-researched, clearly written, interesting, and refreshing—a rare combination. Those who know that truth matters will relish this book. If you don't know that truth matters you should read it anyway, and enjoy watching your mind and heart change."
—Randy Alcorn, Author of Heaven, Safely Home, and Deception
"Christianity is ineradicably doctrinal, and, contrary to popular instincts, doctrine unites, as Paul makes clear in Romans 16:17. The question for church leaders, therefore, is how to communicate Christian doctrine in a clear, faithful, and winsome way. It is therefore a pleasure to commend this book, an excellent primer in basic Christian teaching. It will serve as an introduction for new Christians, a refresher for church members, and a good text for Sunday school classes. Highly recommended."
—Carl R. Trueman, Academic Dean and Vice President, Westminster Theological Seminary
"Sadly, many Christians think that doctrine is terminally boring and inherently divisive. Driscoll and Breshears blow that stereotype out of the water as they tackle thirteen core doctrines with uncommon grace and penetrating clarity. This addition to my personal library will undoubtedly become well-worn."
—Larry Osborne, Pastor and Author, North Coast Church, Vista, CA
"This valuable resource will help Christians clearly understand and articulate their beliefs while igniting a deeper love and passion for Christ."
—Craig Groeschel, Founding Pastor of LifeChurch.tv and author of <cite>Confessions of a Pastor</cite>
"We used the unpublished manuscript of Doctrine as a textbook at ChangePoint. In short, the students loved it! They found it easy to read and very practical. Most are looking forward to buying a copy for their personal libraries. Our church has already benefited from Mark and Gerry's latest effort. Buy the book! Use it with your leaders and watch a deeper understanding of doctrine change their lives."
—Dan H. Jarrell, Teaching Pastor, ChangePoint Church, Anchorage, Alaska
"God is raising up a new generation of Christ-followers who long to know him and his missional ways in a theologically-robust manner. This latest book by Driscoll and Breshears is certain to play a major role in forming such doctrinally-sound Christians. Besides covering all the major theological topics, they address deep doctrinal issues in a clear and understandable way. And, as in all their books, they help us grasp what difference these doctrines can and should make in our lives and churches."
—Gregg R. Allison, Associate Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"I like Doctrine very much. It is a relatively short, clear, and accurate topical summary of biblical teachings, focused on the practical application of doctrine. There is much here to aid readers who have thought in the past that theology was too complicated, uninteresting, or irrelevant. This book is none of those things. It takes off on wings of eagles. It is so important today that believers understand and become committed to all that God's Word says. This book is a wonderful tool to help them do that."
—John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando
"Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears have accomplished the unusual: they have written a book on doctrine that is both interesting and subs --Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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That being said, if you're looking for a book that approaches theology with the same lighthearted and clear tone of Driscoll's other books, such as (Vintage Jesus), you'll find yourself somewhat disappointed. I personally like it when an author brings their unique voice to the material, and this is something that Driscoll has been extremely good at in his other works. But Doctrine, while very sound in its structure and content, falls somewhat flat. You can tell it is a co-written book, and it's my guess that Driscoll had less to do with this book than you'd expect.
As far as the treatment, tone, and theological perspective of the book goes. Doctrine provides a great overview of key theological concepts in a simple systematic way. As I shared above, it falls somewhat flat in it's presentation, at least based on my expectations coming in to reading the book. Regarding theological perspective, Doctrine is a solidly Reformed theology. My only concern with Doctrine's theology comes when Driscoll and Breshears seem to want to have their cake and eat it too when it comes to the issue of Biblical authority. On one hand they suggest a primarily literal hermeneutic, but then they deviate from this when interpreting passages regarding creation. At one point in the book they suggest that the Wesleyan quadrilateral places the individual above Scripture, which in my opinion is not what Wesley meant at all, and that Scripture must always be our highest authority. Then they proceed to use a very Wesleyan hermeneutic when interpreting passages like the creation story. My only concern here is that theological integrity demands that authors consistently apply the same hermeneutic throughout a their theology, and I'm not sure that is the case here.
That being said, I have found Doctrine to be a very helpful book. I am currently using it as one book in a mentoring group I'm leading at the church I pastor, and have found it to be written in an extremely accessible way. It has also been a great tool for opening the door to theological discussion for several men in our church who are just beginning their relationship with Christ. I'm grateful to Driscoll and Breshears for providing a great resource to the local church.