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The Presbyterian Handbook

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Prepared in a style similar to the Survivor's Guide books, The Presbyterian Handbook provides historical and theological information about Presbyterian beliefs alongside fun-filled facts and practical tips on being a churchgoing follower of Jesus Christ. Complete with illustrations, the book presents a wonderful combination of vast truths, complex details, and bits of humor about Presbyterian understanding of the Christian life. This unique and incredibly handy resource is perfect for Presbyterian youth, adults, ...

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Overview

Prepared in a style similar to the Survivor's Guide books, The Presbyterian Handbook provides historical and theological information about Presbyterian beliefs alongside fun-filled facts and practical tips on being a churchgoing follower of Jesus Christ. Complete with illustrations, the book presents a wonderful combination of vast truths, complex details, and bits of humor about Presbyterian understanding of the Christian life. This unique and incredibly handy resource is perfect for Presbyterian youth, adults, students, families, and all those interested in learning about much of what encompasses life in the church.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664502881
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 490,814
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.08 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

This Book Belongs To 10
About My Congregation 11
Preface 12
Church Stuff 15
How to Get to Know Your Pastor 16
How to Survive for One Hour in an Unair-conditioned Church 18
How to Respond When Someone Sits in Your Pew 20
How to Use a Worship Bulletin 21
How to Sing a Hymn 24
How to Sing a Praise Song 26
How to Listen to a Sermon 28
How to Respond to a Disruption during Worship 31
Sacraments 34
The Anatomy of a Baptism 35
Infant and Younger Children 35
Adult and Older Children 36
How to Receive the Lord's Supper 37
Six Questions and Answers about the Lord's Supper 39
How to Pass the Plate 42
How to Share the Peace in Church 45
How to Stay Alert in Church 47
What to Bring to a Church Potluck (by Region) 49
Presbyterian Origins 53
The Presbyterian Family in the United States 55
Five Big-Time Presbyterian Ancestors 56
Five Facts about Life in Medieval Times 58
History's Six Most Notorious Heretics 60
How to Avoid Getting Burned at the Stake 62
Charts and Diagrams
World Religions 65
Comparative Religions 66
Family Tree of Christianity 68
U.S. Christian Denominations 69
Comparative Denominations 70
The Seasons of the Church Year and What They Mean 74
The Seasons of the Church Year (diagram) 76
PC (USA) Symbol 78
Everyday Stuff 79
How to Understand the Relationship between the Law and Grace 80
How to Know What God Wants You to Do with Your Life 83
How Presbyterians Understand Evangelism 84
How to Pray 85
How to Work for Peace and Justice on Behalf of People Who Are Poor and Oppressed 87
How to Identify a Genuine Miracle 89
Three Essential Personal Spiritual Practices 91
How to Forgive Someone 94
How to Care for the Sick 96
How to Identify and Deal with Evil 98
How to Avoid Gossip 100
How to Resolve Interpersonal Conflict 102
How to Console Someone 104
How to Cope with Loss and Grief 105
The Top Ten Attributes to Look for in a Spouse 107
How to Be Saved (by Grace through Faith and Not by Your Good Works) 110
How to Understand the Trinity as One God in Three Persons 113
What Is Predestination? 116
How to Explain Predestination to Your Friends 118
Bible Stuff 121
Common Translations of the Bible 122
60 Essential Bible Stories 124
How to Read the Bible 127
How to Interpret the Bible 129
How to Memorize a Bible Verse 131
Ten Bible Villains 134
Ten Bible Heroes 137
The Three Most Rebellious Things Jesus Did 140
The Seven Funniest Bible Stories 141
The Five Grossest Bible Stories 144
Five Facts about Life in Old Testament Times 146
Ten Important Things That Happened between the Old and New Testaments 147
Five Facts about Life in New Testament Times 150
The Five Biggest Misconceptions about the Bible 152
Jesus' Twelve Apostles (Plus Judas and Paul) 154
The Five Weirdest Laws in the Old Testament 157
The Top Ten Bible Miracles and What They Mean 159
Maps and Diagrams
The Exodus 161
The Holy Land-Old Testament Times 162
The Holy Land-New Testament Times 163
Paul's Journeys 164
Jerusalem in Jesus' Time 166
Noah's Ark 167
The Ark of the Covenant 168
Solomon's Temple 169
The Armor of God 170
The Crucifixion 171
Presbyterian Stuff 175
The Great Ends of the Church 176
The Church Reformed and Always Being Reformed 177
Key Presbyterian Concepts 178
Presbyterian Government 180
Presbyterian Lingo 181
Ordination and Installation 182
Confessing the Faith 183
Creeds and Confessions 184
The Book of Confessions 185
Key Comments from the Confessions 186
Tips on Interpreting the Book of Confessions 189
Three Creeds 191
The Nicene Creed 192
The Apostles' Creed 194
A Brief Statement of Faith 195
Important Features of A Brief Statement of Faith 199
For Further Study 201
Ten Books for Presbyterians to Read 202
Notes and stuff 204
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