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The Good Confession: An Exploration of the Christian Faith Paperback – January 1, 2007
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Today, too many Christians are followers of novelty, religious fads, and strange new doctrines unheard of in the history of the church. On the contrary, to be a Christian is to join the great cloud of witnesses (Heb 12:1) through the ages, confessing with the Body of Christ the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). This is what Paul called the good confession (1 Tim 6:12). This workbook will lead you in a study of what it means to be a Christian from the vantage point of the Bible, the ancient Christian creeds, and the Protestant confessions of the sixteenth century.
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It is sad and perplexing how doctrinal books do not get any light of day. This is not another Joel Osteen critical slander, but I am just giving a comparison based on the number of Amazon reviews. Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential came out on August 2007 and currently has 471 reviews. And The Good Confession a book many probably have yet to hear about has only 1 review. It is like paying for and eating rubbish from the trash as opposed to eating a hearty and healthy meal that also comes with dessert. This might be a little harsh (and maybe your thinking skewed since I did not factor in book marketing and exposure in America), but I believe it's necessary to say the Christian Christ-less books that sell most today are rubbish. As a professor once said, "We live in the new dark ages." And the so called Christian books that sell seem to reflect these dark ages about what we already know by nature, the law, in the light of no Gospel.
The Good Confession, written by Danny Hyde, pastor of the Oceanside United Reformed Church, brings the light after the darkness: the book teaches the reader the rich and time-tested truths of the classical Christian faith through the ecumenical creeds and Reformed confessions. He starts by explaining the importance and use of the ecumenical creeds and Reformed confessions and then covers their essential Christian doctrines.
Here are the chapter contents:
A "Confessional" Church
The Attributes of God
Knowing God in His Word
The Holy Trinity
Creation and Providence
The Creation and Fall of Humanity
The Covenant of Grace
The Death of Christ
The Church: Part 1
The Church: Part 2
The Return of Christ and Heaven
Understanding and Enjoying Worship
The thing about this book is it is written with brevity, care, and thoughtfulness. Rev. Hyde had written it through years of teaching membership classes; hence, it is dedicated to the Oceanside United Reformed Church. In addition to the clear and thoughtful writing of this book it can be used not only for membership classes, but also adult Sunday school, Bible study, and for personal study. So it acts also as a workbook that interacts with the reader. There are questions throughout the chapters (not just at the very end), which are very helpful for teaching purposes. Here are some of the questions from the third chapter entitled, Knowing God In His Word: What is the purpose of God giving us the Bible? What do we learn of God in special revelation? Can we add to the "canon" of the Old and New Testaments? Is the canon of Scripture, therefore, "open" or "closed?" Do newly inspired words of God from prophets and apostles exist today? Why or why not? What do we mean when we say that the Scriptures are "sufficient?" What implications arise from saying scripture is sufficient for worshipping God?
Make me to know your way, O LORD; teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me. (Ps. 25:2-5)
"After the darkness, light."