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
Chapter 1. Trinity: God Is
Chapter 2. Revelation: God Speaks
Chapter 3. Creation: God Makes
Chapter 4. Image: God Loves
The style is eminently readable and it explains many core Christian doctrines very well. While I can't agree with everything written here, I do recommend it as providing a very good basis in Christian doctrine.
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
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