- Series: Re:Lit: Vintage Jesus
- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Crossway Books; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (March 18, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433506254
- ISBN-13: 978-1433506253
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 117 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (RE: Lit) Hardcover – March 18, 2010
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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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“An interesting, clear, practical, biblical, and remarkably insightful guide to the main doctrinal teachings of the whole Bible!”
—Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Bible and Theology, Phoenix Seminary
"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, founder, Eternal Perspective Ministries; author, If God is Good and Heaven
"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, North Coast Church, Vista, California; author, Sticky Church
"This valuable resource will help Christians clearly understand and articulate their beliefs while igniting a deeper love and passion for Christ."
—Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor, LifeChurch.tv; author, WEIRD: Because Normal Isn't Working
"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, J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida
"Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears have accomplished the unusual: they have written a book on doctrine that is both interesting and substantive! Doctrine is rigorously biblical and theologically faithful. It lays out with clarity the great truths of the faith, showing their essential character and practical import. This is a good gift for the body of Christ. I will be happy to commend to it to the seasoned saint and the new believer."
—Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"I offer my unlimited limited endorsement of Doctrine. It's limited with respect to acknowledging that not everyone needs to agree with every point of doctrine outlined in the book in order to benefit from the fair-minded treatment that Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears give to each of the Christian doctrines examined. In areas where Christians are known to hold differing views, Driscoll and Breshears respectfully outline options before clearly stating their own beliefs. It's unlimited with respect to wholeheartedly embracing the clear ambition of the book. In an age when people, even Christians, place such high personal value on internal experience, we desperately need to look outside ourselves—to the doctrines of the Bible—to truly hear and receive the good news of Jesus Christ."
—James H. Gilmore, author, The Experience Economy and Authenticity
"I listened to the sermon series that preceded this book and was very excited to hear they were putting it all into print. Doctrine should not be a dirty word in the church. Right now the need for Christians to hold fast to biblical truth is greater than ever, and this book is a solid, sleek, no-nonsense resource that is perfect for equipping every believer with the knowledge of essential biblical doctrines."
—Dustin Kensrue, singer and guitarist, Thrice
"Whenever a new book comes across my desk I always ask What am I going to do with this? The answer is not always immediately clear. But with this book, I knew within the first few pages: I’m going to buy a number of copies, give them to our leaders, and tell them to give the copies to young Christians to read. Breshears and Driscoll have done us all a huge favor in writing Doctrine. Foundational truths are explained in clear and accessible terms. This is doctrine taught as doctrine should be taught: biblically, thoroughly, accessibly, clearly, and practically."
—Steve Timmis, Director, Acts 29 Western Europe; coauthor, Total Church
"When my friend Mark Driscoll says he has written a book about what Christians should believe, I believe him, and here he has. Mark writes like he preaches: clear, direct, and commanding of your attention. This resource is a challenging yet easy-to-understand guide to the major doctrines of Scripture. I commend it to you as a companion to your study of God's Word."
—James MacDonald, Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Chicagoland Area; radio teacher, Walk in the Word
"At the beginning of the 20th century when many sought to redefine the church in terms of emotional experience and loose ecclesiastical unity, Gresham Machen courageously defended biblical orthodoxy, with the following words: 'It is only as Christ is offered to us in the gospel—that is, in the "doctrine" that the world despises—that Christ saves sinful men.' At the beginning of the 21st century, against similar adversaries, Driscoll and Breshears brilliantly, comprehensively, and without compromise restate the absolute importance of doctrine, without which there is no Christ and no Christianity."
—Peter R. Jones, Director, truthXchange, Scholar-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor, Westminster Seminary California
"In this helpful and accessible book, Driscoll and Breshears lay out the key doctrines of the Christian faith. Doctrine defines the core beliefs that make up biblical Christianity in a readable, understandable, and authentic way. Furthermore, I am encouraged that it consistently points the reader to God's mission to redeem the world through his Son Jesus Christ."
—Ed Stetzer, President, LifeWay Research; contributing editor, Christianity Today
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Yes, author Mark Driscoll has significant personal/leadership issues, but the content does not rely on strength of personality or his own credibility.
Yes, the authors overplay their hand at many instances, rely too heavily on Christian sources, unfairly or weakly represent many critiques of orthodox Christian beliefs.
BUT...for mature readers/thinkers able to strain babies from bath water, and truth from messenger, this is SUCH a rich summary and distillation of basically all the core theological pillars of Christianity, as well as the major critiques and heresies. They also do a great job of raising the “so whats” re how these ideas change one’s actual life, which is (for me) absolutely essential in making any philosophical or theological debate relevant and productive.
Is this book thorough? Very much so, all without the dry repetitious nature that is often found in works that aim for the same type of goal: empowering readers with solid truth in necessary fashion. I put down Wayne Grudem's work on doctrine simply because I found it so boring and the language didn't flow as well. I found myself reading this book with the speed of a fun novel. Personal preference I know!
Can you use it? Absolutely! I took more than a hundred notes and highlights out of this book that I intend on using in classes, conversations and teachings. The reason being that the author's present truth in a manner that is both tangible and empowering to the reader, both in the ability to relate to their explanation and the reality it invokes.
Will you change? I hope so! I was incredibly challenged by this book, especially reading the chapter on judgement where the author's explain the way Christians avoid authentic repentance and hide themselves from a forgiving God and an understanding community of believers. It struck me deeply and really changed my biblical worldview from a weak immature one to a wide-eyes humble one!
Driscoll and Breshears deliver and incredible book with tons of footnotes (mostly Scripture references, which are very helpful) and a lot of information packed neatly in a 464-page frame. Don't expect to breeze through this book in a weekend. I moved through it slowly, soaking in a chapter or two a week and looking up almost all of the Biblical footnotes and I've even ordered a few of the books referenced in the footnotes, too.
If you want a clear, packed, succinct, sound systematic theology, this is the book for you. You won't regret it and you'll surely be using it as a powerful reference tool for decades to come.