Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me

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Why is the Bible reliable, authoritative, or even necessary? DeYoung tackles these questions and more as he builds a compelling case for trusting, using, and relying on Scripture as the Word of God for all of life.

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Overview

Why is the Bible reliable, authoritative, or even necessary? DeYoung tackles these questions and more as he builds a compelling case for trusting, using, and relying on Scripture as the Word of God for all of life.

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“My trust in God’s Word is greater, my submission to God’s Word is deeper, and my love for God’s Word is sweeter as a result of reading this book. For these reasons, I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
David Platt, President, International Mission Board; author, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

“This little book is a highly readable introduction to Scripture’s teaching about Scripture that preserves the contours of a responsible and informed doctrine of Scripture, without getting bogged down in arcane details. Buy this book by the case and distribute copies to elders, deacons, Sunday school teachers, and anyone in the church who wants to understand a little better what the Bible is. Bad doctrine springs in part from ignorance. Blessed are those teachers and preachers in the church who, like the author of this book, combat ignorance by getting across mature theology in a lucid style that avoids generating theological indigestion.”
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“One of my prayers for the next twenty years of ministry, if the Lord sees fit to grant me that, is that we might see the level of biblical literacy exponentially grow. For that to happen we must learn what the Scriptures are and how heavily we can lean on them. Kevin DeYoung serves this end well in Taking God At His Word. May the God of the Word be known and cherished all the more because of this little book.”
Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network

“This is a brilliant, succinct, yet thorough study of the authority and sufficiency of Scripture, based on what Scripture says about itself. Clarity and passion are the distinguishing marks of Kevin DeYoung’s writing, and this may be his finest, most important work yet.”
John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California

“If you’re looking for a clearly and simply stated doctrine of Scripture, here it is. Kevin DeYoung has accomplished his aim of communicating what the Bible says about the Bible. He’s done it with the qualities we have come to anticipate from him: efficiency, pastoral care, wit, and rigor. Most of all, he has let the Word speak for itself."
Kathleen B. Nielson, Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition

“In eight brief, easy-to-read chapters, DeYoung lays out beautifully the classic evangelical understanding of the nature and importance of the Bible in the life of the believer. Particularly helpful are the chapters on the sufficiency and clarity of Scripture, showing us why the Bible is enough and how its basic teaching can be understood by every reader. These are two key points. If we do not believe the Bible to be enough and that its teaching is clear, then we will be carried here and there by every wind of doctrine. I urge you to buy your own copy and read it. There is important teaching here.”
Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary; author, The Creedal Imperative and Luther on the Christian Life

“Attacks on the nature and authority of the Word of God have continued, unabated, since the serpent spoke to Eve. DeYoung’s book is the best place to start for anyone who wants to understand how properly to think about Scripture, and why it must be affirmed as God’s self-attesting authority.”
K. Scott Oliphint, Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary; author, Covenantal Apologetics

“This is the book I will be handing out to those searching for true spirituality, to those who want to hear a special word from God, and to those who want an improved knowledge of God. Kevin DeYoung convincingly teaches that God has adequately spoken to his people. Taking God At His Word is an accessible defense of the doctrine of Scripture, from Scripture, aiming to renew our trust and delight in God’s Word.”
Aimee Byrd, author, Housewife Theologian and Theological Fitness

“The longer I do ministry, the more I appreciate a truly simple book—a book that rightly orients me to reality; a book that says important things in accessible words; a book worth taking to heart; a book written to care for the reader’s soul; a book that helps to change how you live. Taking God At His Word is simple. It will help you know what you believe and why. It clarifies the foundation for all practical ministry. Because the Bible is God’s own saving Word, you have something helpful to share with others who hurt, who struggle, who stray, who find life confusing.”
David Powlison, Executive Director, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433542404
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 4/30/2014
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 237,224
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin DeYoung (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. He blogs at the Gospel Coalition and has authored or coauthored numerous well-known books such as Just Do Something and The Hole in Our Holiness, as well as the award-winning books Why We’re Not Emergent and Why We Love the Church (with Ted Kluck).

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  • Posted April 29, 2015

    Kevin DeYoung, in Taking God At His Word, does what he is very g

    Kevin DeYoung, in Taking God At His Word, does what he is very good at: helping make important topics understandable for almost any reader. The subtitle of Taking God At His Word, “Why the Bible is knowable, necessary, and enough, and what that means for you and me,” hits at exactly what this 124-page book is focused on. Then, helpfully, for those who are further interested in this topic, the appendix includes a list of thirty books that he considers “The Best Books on the Good Book.”

    Chapter Titles (in order) include: Believing, Feeling, Doing; Something More Sure; God’s Word Is Enough; God’s Word Is Clear; God’s Word Is Final; God’s Word Is Necessary; Christ’s Unbreakable Bible; and Stick With the Scriptures. Essentially, DeYoung seeks to back up the titles, helping the Christian reader to see why and how all of these are true.

    Pleasantly, DeYoung opens the book with scripture itself. In chapter 1, DeYoung begins with the conclusion of the book. He looks at Psalm 119 and concludes that there are “at least three essential, irreducible characteristics we should believe about God’s word” (17). They are as follows: “God’s word says what is true,” “God’s word demands what is right,” and “God’s word provides what is good.” Yet DeYoung, rightly, includes that the psalmist not only believes that the word of God is the above three things, but that we are to delight in it, desire it, and depend on it. Then, not only are Christians to believe it and feel a certain way about it, but they are also to do certain things with it. Psalm 119, DeYoung deducts, illustrates many different ways of using scripture: Singing it, speaking it, studying it, storing it up, obeying it, praising God for it, and praying that God would act according to it.

    Closing the book, DeYoung says, “Ultimately we can believe the Bible because we believe in the power and wisdom and goodness and truthfulness of the God whose authority and veracity cannot be separated from the Bible. We trust the Bible because it is God’s Bible. And God being God, we have every reason to take him at his word” (124).

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  • Posted April 9, 2015

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    Taking God At His Word, by Michigan Presbyterian pastor, Kevin D

    Taking God At His Word, by Michigan Presbyterian pastor, Kevin DeYoung, is a good, well rounded and above all pastoral approach to explaining, teaching and encouraging others with the doctrines regarding the Bible.




    This is a short work, and in eight chapters, DeYoung can only hope to overview his subject and its challenges and applications in contemporary Christian life. As an teaching, this work should be particularly challenging for those having come through mainline or even neo-orthodox teaching. DeYoung clearly expounds on the classical Protestant teaching of the sufficiency and clarity of the Bible.




    For Christians who come from more evangelical and conservative backgrounds, particularly on an individual level, DeYoung speaks in a way that is pastoral and points to how the doctrines of Scripture apply to everyday life. He is particularly keen to show that the Bible is Sufficient, Clear, Authoritative and Necessary in ways that are out of the abstract and have real meaning in the life of the Christian. In this sense, he works to create an accessible book that can be read in a few sittings, or even devotionally, or for group study.




    For many Christians looking for good teaching about the use and application of the Bible, and the confidence they can have in it, this should be a great resource.

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