Decide for Yourself: A Theological Workbook

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The great Christian doctrines are worth thinking through for ourselves. That's why Gordon Lewis has provided this concise and complete survey of the major truths of the Christian faith. But rather than just telling us what he has discovered in Scripture, he offers a theological workbook that helps us explore the evidence itself and to draw our own conclusions. He has organized the material around the main themes of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, humanity, creation, the church, and the end times. This unique text ...

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Overview

The great Christian doctrines are worth thinking through for ourselves. That's why Gordon Lewis has provided this concise and complete survey of the major truths of the Christian faith. But rather than just telling us what he has discovered in Scripture, he offers a theological workbook that helps us explore the evidence itself and to draw our own conclusions. He has organized the material around the main themes of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, humanity, creation, the church, and the end times. This unique text has been used by students of the Bible over the last three decades in the classroom, in the home and in the church. Its enduring quality continues to make it a valuable tool for all who want to develop a systematic theology for themselves. Of Lewis's six published books, his Decide for Yourself: A Theological Workbook has been the most versatile. It has been used in informal neighborhood and college Bible studies, church education classes, youth groups, Bible schools, colleges, and seminaries, and extension courses in theological education. It has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Lithuanian, Spanish and Vietnamese. Chapters 1-3 are updated to interact with the postmodernist views of human language.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620323250
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2012
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 892,890

Meet the Author

Gordon R. Lewis served as Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Denver Seminary until his retirement in 1993. He is currently Senior Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Denver Seminary. Lewis studied at Baptist Bible Seminary and Cornell University. He earned degrees at Gordon College (BA), Faith Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Syracuse University (MA and PhD in philosophy). His dissertation investigated the harmony of "Faith and Reason in the Thought of Augustine." He also wrote What Everyone Should Know about Transcendental Mediation (Regal) in 1975, and his magnum opus, Integrative Theology (3 vols., Zondervan) in 1996, with colleague Bruce Demarest.

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Table of Contents

preface to the 2012 reprint edition 3

preface 5

part I knowing God

1 Do all men know of God's creative power and righteous demands? 11

2 How may men know God's redemptive love and saving grace? 17

3 In what way is the Bible inspired and authoritative? 25

part II the living God

4 What is God like? 35

5 Is God one? many? or triune? 41

6 Is life ultimately pointless or purposeful? 47

part III God's world

7 Does everything come from God? 57

8 Does everything take place according to the will of God? 63

9 How effective is prayer? 69

part IV man against God

10 What is man? 77

11 How is finite, fallen man like God? 83

12 How sinful is man? 89

part V Christ for us

13 How could the changeless God become a man? 97

14 How shall we understand events m the earthly career of Christ? 103

15 How did Christ atone for man's sin? 109

part VI the Holy Spirit in us

16 How does the Holy Spirit help a person become a Christian? 117

17 Can a Spirit-led Christian be holy? 123

18 Does love alone make an act good? 129

part VII the church In the world

19 What is the Christian church? 137

20 Why does the church exist in the world? 143

21 Do Christians need the church? 149

part VIII the hope of the church

22 Will Christ return to reign on this earth? 157

23 When will believers meet Christ m the air? 163

24 What happens after death? 169

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