Discovering Our Christian Faith: An Introduction to Theology [NOOK Book]

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Theology is the knowledge of God; but unlike other types of information, which simply provide a broader understanding of a topic, theology is intimately connected to how we exist and conduct ourselves in the world. With this in mind, it's important that we, as Christians, understand our beliefs in order to value their impact and practice them effectively.

Discovering Our Christian Faith is an introduction to Christian theology. It explores the...
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Discovering Our Christian Faith: An Introduction to Theology

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Overview

Theology is the knowledge of God; but unlike other types of information, which simply provide a broader understanding of a topic, theology is intimately connected to how we exist and conduct ourselves in the world. With this in mind, it's important that we, as Christians, understand our beliefs in order to value their impact and practice them effectively.

Discovering Our Christian Faith is an introduction to Christian theology. It explores the Bible's amazing story, beginning with creation and ending with the return of Christ. Dr. Samuel Powell presents the leading doctrines of Christianity and explores how they have been shaped throughout the centuries. With thorough examination and academic scholarship, he outlines the creedal statements of Wesleyan-holiness churches and explores the importance of eschatology in every doctrine, seeking to maintain the coherence and systematic character of Christian belief. In addition to a section on ethical dimensions of the doctrines discussed, each chapter includes a hymn by John and/or Charles Wesley that expresses the theme of the chapter.

Discovering Our Christian Faith offers students, scholars, pastors, and teachers the opportunity to engage and unite their faith and intellect in an act of worship. With challenging insight and enriching evidence, it brings readers face to face with the beginning and end of our being by seeking to understand and encounter the knowledge of God.

352 pages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834131620
  • Publisher: Nazarene Publishing House
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 628 KB

Meet the Author

Samuel M. Powell is professor of philosophy and religion and dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at Point Loma Nazarene University. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in religion from Claremont Graduate University. He is an editor, author, and ordained deacon in the Church of the Nazarene. He also serves on the editorial committee of Kingswood Press and as secretary-treasurer of the Wesleyan Theological Society. From 1999 to 2001, he participated in the John Templeton Foundation Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity. In 2005, he received the Wesleyan Theological Society's Smith-Wynkoop award for his book, Participating in God: Creation and Trinity. He and his wife, Terrie, live in Santee, California, and have two children and two grandchildren.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     7
Foreword     9
Preface     11
Preface for Instructors     15
The Beginning and End of God's Creation     19
The Creative Power of God     21
The World That God Creates     45
Human Beings Made by God     65
The Coming of God into the World     87
The Revelation of God to Israel     89
Sin     109
The World of Sin and Its Effects     127
The Triumph of Grace     147
The New Creation     171
Jesus and the Kingdom of God     173
Salvation in Jesus Christ     197
Life in the Spirit: Faith     221
Life in the Spirit: The Perfection of Love     243
The Church in the Power of the Spirit     263
The End of God's New Creation     291
That God May Be All in All     309
The Trinitarian Life of God     311
Notes     337
Index     339
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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    A great introduction to Christianity

    Powell is extremely well versed and declares that the book is farther from a theology text and closer to an introductory to Christianity. That said, I think he raises plenty of theologic questions that challenge the reader to explore faith at a deeper level. His grasp on creation was refreshing. He expands genesis past an archaic time and brings the gospel to a present day. Terminology is explained well and concepts are revealed in an organized and logical fashion. An enlightening and easy read. Highly recommended to explore Christianity, introduce yourself to theology, and strengthen your faith. Student to professor, lay public to scholar, Powell has written in such a way that all can benefit.

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