50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology

50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology

by Gregg R. Allison


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Those looking for a single resource that collects clear teachings on the most important doctrines of Christianity need look no further than Gregg Allison's 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith. This volume covers foundational doctrines of the nature and works of God, the Bible, God's created beings, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and the end times. And each chapter features clear guidance for how to teach and apply the doctrine today.

Pastors, Sunday school teachers, and lay students of theology will find this an indispensable resource for understanding and teaching Christian theology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801019128
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 275,101
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Gregg R. Allison (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including The Baker Compact Dictionary of Theological Terms, Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine, and Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church. He serves as secretary of the Evangelical Theological Society and is a book review editor for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Gregg is also a pastor of Sojourn Community Church.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction to Christian Doctrine 1

Part 1 Doctrine of the Word of God

1 The Inspiration of Scripture 9

2 The Truthfulness (Inerrancy) of Scripture 16

3 The Authority of Scripture 23

4 The Sufficiency and Necessity of Scripture 31

5 The Clarity of Scripture 39

6 The Transformative Power of Scripture 47

7 The Canonicity of Scripture 54

Part 2 Doctrine of God

8 The Knowability and Incomprehensibility of God 65

9 The Incommunicable Attributes of God 73

10 The Communicable Attributes of God 81

11 The Trinity 89

12 Creation 96

13 Providence 103

Part 3 Doctrine of God's Creatures

14 Angels, Satan, and Demons 113

15 Human Beings in the Image of God 121

16 Human Nature 129

17 Sin 137

Part 4 Doctrine of God the Son

18 The Person of the Son of God 147

19 The Offices of the Son of God 155

20 The Work of the Son of God 162

21 Resurrection, Ascension, and Exaltation 169

Part 5 Doctrine of God the Holy Spirit

22 The Person of the Holy Spirit 179

23 The Work of the Holy Spirit 186

24 The Gifts of the Holy Spirit 193

Part 6 Doctrine of Salvation

25 Common Grace 203

26 Election and Reprobation 211

27 Union with Christ 219

28 Regeneration 226

29 Conversion 234

30 Justification 242

31 Adoption 250

32 Baptism with the Holy Spirit 257

33 Sanctification 265

34 Perseverance (with Assurance of Salvation) 273

Part 7 Doctrine of the Church

35 The Church: Nature and Marks 283

36 Purity and Unity of the Church 291

37 Church Discipline 298

38 Church Offices 306

39 Church Government 314

40 Baptism 322

41 The Lord's Supper 330

42 Worship 338

43 Mission and Ministry 346

Part 8 Doctrine of Future Things

44 Death and the Intermediate State 357

45 The Return of Jesus Christ 365

46 The Millennium 372

47 The Resurrection 380

48 The Final Judgment 387

49 Eternal Punishment 395

50 The New Heaven and New Earth 403

Notes 411

For Further Reading 415

Scripture Index 419

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50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
theChristianReviewer More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book that gives you a primer on core doctrine of the Christian faith, this book would be a good one to take a look at. With that said, I feel that this book is written more for a person that is not a complete newbie to the faith as it does dive into some deep theological concepts. With the part of this book that covers the "teaching the doctrine" for each of these fifty doctrines, I feel that there is a leaning toward someone who is in a teaching or leadership role, which is exactly one of the goals of the author, Gregg R. Allison. From a reading format perspective, I really appreciate how this book is set up. Each of the fifty doctrines follow the same format where we read a Summary of the doctrine, then the Main Themes of the doctrine, Key Scriptures. Then it follows with Understanding the Doctrine with Major Affirmations and Biblical Support. It then gives Major Errors that sometimes are seen within the specific doctrine, then Enacting and Teaching the Doctrine with a nice Teaching Outline and resources. It may sound like a lot, but actually the way it is laid out makes it flow very nicely. This is not a book that you read like a novel by any means. There is a lot of meat in this book and in my opinion, it might be better to go through it one doctrine at a time to study it. Or, if you are wanting to teach doctrine, the teaching and outline portion are an invaluable tool for you to use. The level of detail that the book goes into is very good for sort of quick reference guide if you want to look something up for teaching doctrine. Plus the resources that are provided at the end of each doctrine chapter are an excellent way to dive even deeper into that specific doctrine if you wish. I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from Baker Books and all opinions are my own.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was a remarkable writing and compelling to read with also encouraging, unique in its approach to Christian theology. Through Christian education and useful book that explain the theology, methodology, and techniques of teaching, and through Sunday School curricula providing of the actual material for teaching, 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers Program for this review”.