- Series: 9Marks Building Healthy Churches (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Crossway; 1 edition (April 30, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433535890
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Sound Doctrine: How a Church Grows in the Love and Holiness of God (9Marks Building Healthy Churches) Hardcover – April 30, 2013
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“Scripture is for sound doctrine, sound doctrine is for real life, and real life is for real church growth. So says Jamieson, and he hits the nail on the head brilliantly every time.”
—J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
“‘Pay heed to your doctrine.’ That imperative for faithful Christianity sounds to many Christians altogether abstract and remote from the life of the church. Bobby Jamieson believes otherwise, and Sound Doctrine is a masterful argument for doctrine that is not only deeply rooted in the church, but also produces a church that demonstrates both the grace and glory of God.”
—R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“A true Christian experience involves more than sound doctrine, but it is nothing without it. Bobby helps us see how sound doctrine not only shapes but also empowers all ministries in the local church, from effective outreach to authentic small groups. This book could serve as a starting point for thinking through a philosophy of ministry.”
—J. D. Greear, Pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; author, Not God Enough and Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart
“Truth is for life. Teaching is for living. Sound doctrine is for love, unity, worship, witness, and joy. That is what this book is all about. Christians need to understand how sound biblical teaching—doctrine that is based on and drawn from the Holy Scriptures—informs every aspect of Christian life and experience. Bobby Jamieson makes that case in Sound Doctrine. The argument is brief, biblical, interesting, and compelling. The book won’t take you long to read, but its contents will pay dividends to Christians and churches for a long time to come.”
—J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor, CEO, and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
“I sit next to Bobby Jamieson in a seminary class, so I can tell you that he is a very smart guy, a genuine nerd, theologically discerning, and—surprisingly—an avid surfer. Prior to my conversion, I sat next to smart guys like Bobby in order to cheat, but now I do it to learn—and there’s a lot to learn from Bobby! If you don’t understand why sound doctrine is important, or realize the difference it can make, then Bobby has something to teach you. In this book you’ll learn that sound doctrine is as delightful as it is practical—for everyday life and for the church. Come sit next to Bobby with me.”
—C.J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville
“Think doctrine is at least impractical—at worst, loveless? Give this author a few minutes to help you reconsider this. Well-written, precise, provocative, and practical—Jamieson has produced a jewel.”
—Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; President, 9Marks
“Doctrine that is biblically faithful and practically relevant is essential to the health and life of the church. Without it, churches will become anemic and eventually die. Sound Doctrine is a short primer on the key doctrines of holiness, love, unity, worship, and witness. In a careful and well-written treatise, Bobby Jamieson walks us through these crucial doctrines, revealing their importance to our mind and heart—to our individual lives and the community of faith.”
—Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“If ever you’ve been tempted to think that doctrine is boring, divisive, or just plain pointless, this is a book for you. Bobby Jamieson shows that sound doctrine is beautiful, life imparting, and deeply desirable. I hope this message goes far and wide.”
—Michael Reeves, president and professor of theology, Union School of Theology
About the Author
Bobby Jamieson is a PhD candidate in New Testament and affiliated lecturer in New Testament Greek at the University of Cambridge. He previously served as assistant editor for 9Marks. Jamieson lives in Cambridge, England, with his wife and three children and is a member of Eden Baptist Church.
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Is theology necessary? Is it important to the Christian life and the church? Jamieson generally uses terms such as sound doctrine (right teaching from the Bible), instead of theology, probably because theology and such is often misunderstood and people think it's bad before you even explain what it is. The reality is, more Christians need to understand what theology/sound doctrine is and how it relates to the Christian life.
Too often people today say "theology is bad," or "it will ruin my love for The Lord." Jamieson gives an honest look at what the Bible says about sound doctrine so that Christians might understand that your love for The Lord can only grow if you understand who God is and what His Word says better.
Jamieson starts with two theses' in the introduction: 1) sound doctrine is practical, and 2) "sound doctrine produces lives that are shaped like a healthy local church." In other words, sound doctrine isn't just arbitrary facts, but sound doctrine results in something.
He backs up these theses' in chapter 1, explaining what sound doctrine is, why it's important, and how it shapes the church.
In chapter 2 he tells us where we get this sound doctrine; namely, from the Bible.
After Jamieson tells us what sound doctrine is, why it's important, and how to get it, the next 6 chapters are devoted to the subject of what does sound doctrine result in. Theology is not an end in itself; it is not arbitrary knowledge, but rather it results in something.
Jamieson backs up his claims adequately from scripture that sound doctrine results in holiness in life, love for God and others, unity with Christ and the church, the worship God in an appropriate way, the ability to witness to unbelievers, and joy in knowing all that God has done for us.
While that may be an oversimplification of all of his arguments, you'll have to read the book to get to the real meat.
My only critique of this book would be that it left me wanting more on the subject! After I finished reading it, I needed another book that really went into the subject more. For someone new to the subject, or needs just a small push to start studying theology, this is an excellent book that is not too complicated to understand (like most books on theological method).
Highly recommended! Grateful for Jamieson's wisdom, and I seriously hope more Christians would read more books on this subject, as theology is so fundamental to growth as a Christian. If you want to know and love Jesus more, start here.
His focus is knowing and applying biblical doctrine for teaching & reading the Bible, for holiness, for love, for church unity, for congregational worship and for the church's witness. The only thing that I had wished for was a longer book which would have included this important areas but would have put that within an applicable overarching ecclesiology about how doctrine is for seeing ourselves as the body of Christ, for what it means that Jesus is the head of the church, for understanding the role of the Holy Spirit in the church's life and ministry, etc.
It is a very well and easy to understand book as well as rather short. It is among only 5 books that I know of that address church health from a theological and/or biblical point of view. Not enough people are writing about this or asking what does the Bible and sound doctrine have to do with being a healthy church. One would think this would be a no-brainer, but from looking at the vast market of books on church health, this subject is grossly overlooked.
This book is a must to your library, I recommend it to be in the hands of your pastor.
Every pastor needs to be armed strongly with the word of God. This is a small book but, is pack with Power.