Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe
Doctrine is the word Christians use to define the truth-claims revealed in Holy Scripture. Of course there is a multitude of churches, church networks, and denominations, each with their own doctrinal statement with many points of disagreement. But while Christians disagree on a number of doctrines, there are key elements that cannot be denied by anyone claiming to be a f
For others with a more solid ground, the book really isn't meaty, but a great refresher of what the basics of faith are.
Chapter 1. Trinity: God Is
Chapter 2. Revelation: God Speaks
Chapter 3. Creation: God Makes
Chapter 4. Image: God Loves
Like most systematic theology books, there's bound to be something one disagrees with.
Every once in a while, a statement pops up that will leave you scratching your head. For example, when discussing the cross, he argues that God reconciles all people to Himself, but not in a saving way. But, how can you say that someone who is eternally condemned is in any way reconciled to God?
Like any syste...more
They ask and answer a lot of really great questions, but even though it's well over 400 pages, it's really succinct and short for all the subject matter included. There is much more to be said about each topic.
So, it's a really great primer on some basic Christian doctrines, whether you agree on every...more
Doctrine would serve as a good introduction to theology for a young adults (or older) group. As noted above, the approach and language are refreshingly easy, and Driscoll’s name is a drawing point; some might pick up this book merely because he is the author. I have mentioned my concerns above, but overall this is a solid work and mostly achieves what it attempts to do.
The book closes with an appeal for the unsaved to place their trust i...more
While doctrine in general probably doesn't make for the most scintillating read, I think this is a 5-star book for the extent to which it does very well exactly what it intended to do. It is a great review & elaboration on all of the major doctrines of Christianity with great teaching on a variety of orthodox views held on various subjects as well as explanations of views that are rejected by orthodox Christianity. The book is written in a very clear, easy-to-read style that would be access...more
The core principles of what it is to be a Christian and the biblical references to back it up are captured in this very thick read. The material is a lot to get through and I think it would be best to try and read this with others so you can talk it out.
A must for any believer's library.
Mark A. Driscoll is the founder and teaching pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, as well as the co-founder of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network where he also served as President for a short period. Driscoll continues to serve on the board of Acts 29. He has contributed to the "Faith and Values"...more