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What The Bible Teaches Paperback – May 7, 2004
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From the Back Cover
Who Is God? Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Eternal, JustIt's east to recite a list of God's attributes, but what does the Bible mean by them? This book will help you grasp both what God is like, and how He has revealed Himself in Scripture. It also gives thorough discussion of:-The sovereign, imminent return of Jesus-The work of the Holy Spirit-The fallen nature of man, and God's offering of new life-The purpose and presence of angels-Satan's existence and nature-The character of JesusThis book is ideal for a personal, intimate Bible study. Fortify your heart with truth as you study the essential doctrines of your faith!
About the Author
Reuben Archer Torrey (1856--1928) is respected as one of the greatest evangelists of modern times. Several years after his graduation from Yale Divinity School, he was selected by D. L. Moody to become the first dean of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. Under his direction, Moody Institute became a pattern for Bible institutes around the world. Dr. Torrey spent the years of 1903-1905 in worldwide revival campaigns, winning thousands of souls to Jesus Christ. He continued worldwide crusades for the next fifteen years while he served as the dean of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles and pastored the Church of the Open Door in that city. Torrey longed for more Christian workers to take an active part in bringing the message of salvation through Christ to a lost and dying world. His straightforward style of evangelism has shown thousands of Christian workers how to become effective soulwinners.
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Despite attending European universities, R. A. Torrey was a very conservative Evangelical Christian who believed in the Fundamentals of the Faith. What The Bible Teaches is an excellent book for teaching new Christians basic Bible doctrines, and makes a good refresher for mature Christians. As much as I like Finney's Systematic Theology (which may be controversial but is certainly not "dry"), I would recommend What the Bible Teaches to be studied first because it gives basic Bible doctrines by topic. Torrey does not give a Calvinist, Wesleyan Arminian, or New School theological emphasis to the doctrines. Instead, Torrey gives the basic doctrines of the Bible from a historic Trinitarian perspective. My favorite Evangelical writers from the 1800s are Finney, Torrey, and Charles Haddon Spurgeon (the latter being a Calvinist). Spurgeon recommended to his congregation the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith and composed a Calvinistic Baptist Catechism to teach the basics of the faith. Again, What the Bible Teaches would either be read first or studied in conjuction with those two documents, if one decides to use What The Bible Teaches for basic Bible studies.
Although the leadership church fellowship I attended in the late 1980s refused to recommend a Systematic Theology or Dogmatics Compendium to the congregation, if one pushed them, they would recommend What the Bible Teaches. Thus, Torrey's book was the first book on Bible doctrine I read before going through Finney's Systematic Theology, then Gordon C. Olsen's books (though I could never accept his open view of God), Calvin's Institutes, and Augustus Strong's Systematic Theology. So, I may be biased toward What the Bible Teaches, even these days. However, I believe the book can be useful for any Evangelical Christian.
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