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Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (RE: Lit) Hardcover – March 18, 2010
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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"We used the unpublished manuscript of Doctrine as a textbook at ChangePoint.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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What I Liked
Perhaps the best thing about Doctrine is that Driscoll took the time to write it. It is good for churches to see their leadership caring about the teaching of the Scripture in more than a simplistic or superstitious sense. Driscoll does his best to address important issues of the faith in a serious way--his trademark sarcasm is simply not present in this work.
Many of the chapters of this book are worthy of applause. Driscoll handles some heavy topics such as the trinity (chapter 1), the cross and atonement (chapter 8), and the church (chapter 11) with a great deal of insight. In most of these chapters, Driscoll addresses the issues with a nice balance of complexity on the one hand and explanation, simplicity, and application on the other.
What I Did Not Like
There are a few places where discerning Christians will have some questions for Driscoll as they work their way through Doctrine. In some of these cases, the issues may be quite secondary. In others, however, it appears that Driscoll makes some fairly dangerous statements.
The most serious error in this book comes early, in the chapter on divine Revelation (chapter 2). In explaining that general revelation will not bring a person enough knowledge of God to save their souls, Driscoll asserts that in countries closed to missionaries, God might send dreams, visions, or even angels to the lost to bring them the good news of Jesus Christ.Read more ›
The book is laid out to follow along the meta-narrative for God and the story of the Bible. To highlight just a few chapters I would say the chapters on creation, Trinity, and the death of Jesus are worth the price of the book alone.
So why with all the warm word would I give this book only four stars? Good question. As I mentioned the greatest strength of this book is how broad its appeal and function will be. At the same time this forced the book (seemingly) to limit itself in a critical area of theology; the doctrine of Salvation. It was shocking for me to read through such a wonderful book on theology by a theologically solid pastor like Mark Driscoll and find no chapter on salvation. This is understandable if the book is striving to reach the entire range of evangelicals. The doctrine of salvation is historically and usually the most controversial chapter and topic any theologian writes on, and sadly, often serves as a litmus test by many pastors and readers. I am left to conclude either they forgot this (which is highly unlikely given the credentials of the authors and that I have heard Driscoll preach on it countless times). Or that they left it out in the ambition of giving the book a wider audience.Read more ›
Pastor Driscoll (Mars Hill) and Breshears (professor of theology Western Seminary) combine to bestow this volume to Christians whereby this very readable book instructs the reader in the most basic truths of Christianity. Yes this is not Berkoff, Grudem, or Reymond, but the authors approach theology from a Reformed position as they present doctrines concerning:
- Who God is
- How God speaks
- How God loves
- How God saves
- And much more
I came to this book because of the strong endorsement from John Frame and this work is excellent for the new believer, teens, busy housewives, and others who want to learn the basic doctrines of the Christian faith in a non-technical manner. Effective, exceptional, simple, educational, and edifying.
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His handling of the gospel and living a missional lifestyle is right on and well written. To be fair to Driscoll this is his specialty and he nails it. He is equally as brilliant in the chapters on the incarnation (very well done) and the handling of the church. These chapters alone make the book worth reading. Doctrine will challenge your view of the Gospel and incite you to action and for this I applaud the book.
I would recommend his book but be discerning about the theology and don't expect it to be a robust systematic theology. It is clearly not that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a must have book which elevate your Christian walk with Jesus Christ! Our Father wants us to know, believe and trust in Him! Read morePublished 4 months ago by P.sjc
Great study material with a lot of reference points that allow everything that is read from the doctrine, to align with God's written word.Published 5 months ago by Thomas Vasquez
I thought I was going to finally get an Evangelical view of Christian doctrine from a mega-church guy with some substantiated information. Boy was I wrong! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Colmcille
Very thought-provoking. Don't agree with every single point, but we were using it simply to start the discussions. Served its purpose well.Published 14 months ago by L. Byrd
This book does a very good job of detailing without being overwhelming. Great synopsis of how Jesus wants us to believe.Published 17 months ago by dwentworth23