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How do we know the Bible is God’s Word? What is sin and where did it come from? How is Jesus fully God and fully man? What are spiritual gifts? When and how will Christ return? If you’ve asked questions like these, then "systematic theology" is no abstract term. It’s an approach to finding answers every Christian needs to know. Bible Doctrine takes a highly commended upper How do we know the Bible is God’s Word? What is sin and where did it come from? How is Jesus fully God and fully man? What are spiritual gifts? When and how will Christ return? If you’ve asked questions like these, then "systematic theology" is no abstract term. It’s an approach to finding answers every Christian needs to know. Bible Doctrine takes a highly commended upper-level textbook on systematic theology and makes it accessible to the average reader. Abridged from Wayne Grudem’s award-winning Systematic Theology, Bible Doctrine covers the same essentials of the faith, giving you a firm grasp on seven key topics: The Doctrine of the Word of God The Doctrine of God The Doctrine of Man The Doctrine of Christ The Doctrine of the Application of Redemption The Doctrine of the Church The Doctrine of the Future Like Systematic Theology, this book is marked by its clarity, its strong scriptural emphasis, its thoroughness in scope and detail, and its treatment of such timely topics as spiritual warfare and the gifts of the Spirit. But you don’t need to have had several years of Bible school to reap the full benefits of Bible Doctrine. It’s easy to understand--and it’s packed with solid, biblical answers to your most important questions.


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How do we know the Bible is God’s Word? What is sin and where did it come from? How is Jesus fully God and fully man? What are spiritual gifts? When and how will Christ return? If you’ve asked questions like these, then "systematic theology" is no abstract term. It’s an approach to finding answers every Christian needs to know. Bible Doctrine takes a highly commended upper How do we know the Bible is God’s Word? What is sin and where did it come from? How is Jesus fully God and fully man? What are spiritual gifts? When and how will Christ return? If you’ve asked questions like these, then "systematic theology" is no abstract term. It’s an approach to finding answers every Christian needs to know. Bible Doctrine takes a highly commended upper-level textbook on systematic theology and makes it accessible to the average reader. Abridged from Wayne Grudem’s award-winning Systematic Theology, Bible Doctrine covers the same essentials of the faith, giving you a firm grasp on seven key topics: The Doctrine of the Word of God The Doctrine of God The Doctrine of Man The Doctrine of Christ The Doctrine of the Application of Redemption The Doctrine of the Church The Doctrine of the Future Like Systematic Theology, this book is marked by its clarity, its strong scriptural emphasis, its thoroughness in scope and detail, and its treatment of such timely topics as spiritual warfare and the gifts of the Spirit. But you don’t need to have had several years of Bible school to reap the full benefits of Bible Doctrine. It’s easy to understand--and it’s packed with solid, biblical answers to your most important questions.

30 review for Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Allen

    Probably something I would grab if I had 10 minutes to grab my belongings and escape my house that was on fire. Essential.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Slonaker

    i did it! i'm done!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Escalera

    In Bible Doctrine, a condensed version of his longer Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem provides an excellent resource for study groups, Sunday School classes or individual study. When I first purchased this book to use in teaching a youth Sunday School class, I was a little hesitant as most Bible doctrine books I had seen either oversimplified things or was so difficult to understand it made teaching from it almost impossible. However, Grudem's writing style here was simple and quite easy to und In Bible Doctrine, a condensed version of his longer Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem provides an excellent resource for study groups, Sunday School classes or individual study. When I first purchased this book to use in teaching a youth Sunday School class, I was a little hesitant as most Bible doctrine books I had seen either oversimplified things or was so difficult to understand it made teaching from it almost impossible. However, Grudem's writing style here was simple and quite easy to understand, yet at the same time did not sacrifice key elements of doctrine in order to obtain that simplicity. Grudem covers what he views as seven key topics of Christianity: The Doctrines of the Word of God, God, Man, Christ and the Holy Spirit, Application of Redemption, the Church, and the Future. Each is divided up into several chapters that read very much like a class outline. There are review questions, application questions, special terms and Scripture memory passages at the end of each chapter. What I especially appreciate about Grudem is the way in which he presents varying viewpoints on issues that have presented some disagreement. Because this book seems designed for classroom use, space does not allow him to dive into all the nuances of each argument, yet he still manages to present most, if not all sides quite fairly, presenting Scriptural arguments used to support each. While he divulges which view he holds to, he does it in such a way as to encourage the reader to further study the issue and decide for himself. For example, while discussing the topic of Creation under the Doctrine of God, he briefly touches on the fact that many evangelicals disagree on the age of the earth. He presents arguments for both an old and a young earth, with Scriptural support and interpretation for each. His conclusion was that while "Scripture seems to be more easily understood to suggest (but not to require) a young earth view.... It should be said at this point that, with the information we now have, it is not at all easy to decide this question with certainty. The possibility must be left open that God has chosen not to give us enough information to come to a clear decision on this question and the real test of faithfulness to him may be the degree to which we can act charitably toward those who in good conscience and full belief in God's Word hold to a different position on this matter." (p.139) It is with this wisdom that Grudem approaches many of the topics and one of the main reasons I would highly recommend this book, especially for beginners of theological study. It's ease of use and understandability make it a valuable addition to any bookshelf.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Allie Z.

    Finally, after about five years and three classes, I have read all of Grudem! This is a must read for every believer. He breaks down theology simply and logically and I have learned so much over the years. Definitely an amazing resource.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mike E.

    I utilized the book as a textbook for GATEWAY, an alternative to seminary for pastors and ministry leaders. http://www.efca.org/reachnational/efc... This book is an abridgment of Grudem's "Systematic Theology." For the person who wants something less comprehensive and detailed than a full-blown systematic, this is a good choice. Grudem is reformed, complementarian, charismatic, a historic premillennialist. He presents a variety of views on a given doctrine, but then argues (respectfully) for his o I utilized the book as a textbook for GATEWAY, an alternative to seminary for pastors and ministry leaders. http://www.efca.org/reachnational/efc... This book is an abridgment of Grudem's "Systematic Theology." For the person who wants something less comprehensive and detailed than a full-blown systematic, this is a good choice. Grudem is reformed, complementarian, charismatic, a historic premillennialist. He presents a variety of views on a given doctrine, but then argues (respectfully) for his own position showing the weaknesses of opposing viewpoints. His training in logic/philosophy is evident throughout. His language is clear and this book avoids complicated and unnecessary theological jargon. This is a reference work that probably most people would not read cover-to-cover. At the end of each chapter he includes key terms, review questions, questions for personal application, and verses to memorize. This is helpful for classroom settings. The other book we used, "Evangelical Convictions" is not listed through Goodreads but can be found here: http://www.nsresources.com/browse.cfm...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Butch

    Abridged version of Grudem's awesome Systematic Theology. If you've never read a systematic theology, you will probably be blown away by what you learn about how awesome our God is.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Norton

    This was my first experience reading a doctrine textbook. I have read lots of book about different aspects of doctrine from a Christian Living perspective and have heard hundreds of sermons covering the topics discussed in this book, but this was different. Sitting down and reading a doctrine textbook was a bit of a task and sometimes hard to understand and "get through". I am very thankful that I have a strong theologically sound background because I didn't read anything "new" in this book, I ha This was my first experience reading a doctrine textbook. I have read lots of book about different aspects of doctrine from a Christian Living perspective and have heard hundreds of sermons covering the topics discussed in this book, but this was different. Sitting down and reading a doctrine textbook was a bit of a task and sometimes hard to understand and "get through". I am very thankful that I have a strong theologically sound background because I didn't read anything "new" in this book, I had already been taught everything Grudem was explaining. What I didn't know was all the fine details and all the different arguments about why we believe what we believe from the standpoint of different denominations. It was also helpful to have SO MANY scripture references, almost every sentence had at least one reference backing up and explaining what he was saying. This book was also organized in a very helpful way. It started with "basic" doctrine like the attributes of God, sin, the trinity, and prayer, and built it's way up to very challenging topics and secondary issues that we just don't know much about like how and when Christ will return, the millennium and final judgment. Though the chapters did build on themselves and Grudem would reference earlier chapter, each chapter also stands alone. If you have questions about the Trinity you can turn to that chapter and get a full explanation of it. If you are new to Christianity, theology or doctrine this is a great starter book. Grudem is a bit heady because these are complex topics that have been discussed and studied on for thousands of years, but also approachable. The chapters aren't crazy long and since it's a student version at the end of each chapter there are review questions, questions for personal application, special terms, and a scripture passage to memorize. There is also a robust bibliography for further reading and study. I took almost a year to read this book because I read it for a class at church and that was honestly a good pace. This isn't something to rush through, it's too detailed and the ideas are too important and complex.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    This is a helpful 'textbook' for Christians in their journey to know God more. It is a heavy read and I found myself reading paragraphs over and over until I absorbed the gist of what is being interpreted and taught. In reading it one must remember that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God (not any book on or about the Bible); clear understanding on many topics can be found in scripture. These topics then can be classified as absolutes - topics that we can commit to our understanding and a This is a helpful 'textbook' for Christians in their journey to know God more. It is a heavy read and I found myself reading paragraphs over and over until I absorbed the gist of what is being interpreted and taught. In reading it one must remember that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God (not any book on or about the Bible); clear understanding on many topics can be found in scripture. These topics then can be classified as absolutes - topics that we can commit to our understanding and apply fully to our lives. For many topics covered or not covered in scripture, we need to categorize our own understanding of them as to whether it is to be a conviction, opinion or remain a question for us. This includes such things as baptism methodology. Having said all of that, I found this book by Grudem very helpful. Some topics (like the Holy Spirit) are not well covered so you will need to meditate on scripture and consult other sources in helping to confirm your own convictions there (and of course the work of the Holy Spirit in you). I purchased this book as required reading for a course I am taking in Bible Doctrine - I know that I will be coming back to this book again and again to refresh my memory and to continue my learning. Note that this is NOT a book for seekers and/or young Christians - there are many more helpful resources, Bible translations and paraphrases that can help you work through the meaning of scripture. This is a book for emerging Bible scholars. Prayer is essential and you should not just accept what one writer or another says. This is however a helpful resource (among many good resources). There are a few parts of Grudem's book that I didn't quite agree with - some that I could go either way, etc. I also felt there were many topics left undiscussed that many long-time Christians have questions about. I'll say it one more time ... read, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you - consult the Bible (the Word of God - II Timothy 3:16) more than any other source. May God give each one joy in discovering the truths of God in his Word.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Grudem misses the forest for the trees in his systematic. I was unimpressed with his exposition of soteriology and God's providence, which relied entirely on a 5-point Calvinistic framework that is rife with inconsistencies. Too much attention is placed on orders and mechanisms, and not enough is placed on the big picture of God and His self-sacrificial covenant love. Grudem relies on straw-man arguments to dismiss opposing viewpoints, shutting down meaningful discussions before they happen. Wha Grudem misses the forest for the trees in his systematic. I was unimpressed with his exposition of soteriology and God's providence, which relied entirely on a 5-point Calvinistic framework that is rife with inconsistencies. Too much attention is placed on orders and mechanisms, and not enough is placed on the big picture of God and His self-sacrificial covenant love. Grudem relies on straw-man arguments to dismiss opposing viewpoints, shutting down meaningful discussions before they happen. What is most worrisome for me is the lack of context Grudem gives for his support texts. There is little discussion of the Biblical narrative as a whole and the covenant promises to Israel, which are an integral part of our understanding of Jesus as Messiah and what God's faithfulness and our hope is actually all about. This book was useful to me in that it helped me to identify ideas that are taken for granted in 21st century American Christianity, but that are really not entirely biblical or else are not entirely relevant. It spurred some great conversation, hours of study, and got me interested in exploring other systematics. I would only recommend this book if this is NOT your first introduction to the Christian faith and if you are ready to read it with a critical eye and alongside a mentor or conversation partner. If you approach it this way it will not be a complete waste of time. Better yet, compare it with another systematic like Garrett's and be reading things that challenge your mind in another direction like Lewis, NT Wright, and Tozer at the same time. I can say that without authors like these and if I only had Grudem's perspective, I would be pretty lost with regards to the bigger picture of God's character and His redemptive purposes in the world.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Keenan Casteel

    471 pages of, well, Bible Doctrine. A distillation of Grudem’s Systematic Theology, the book contains heavy concepts made accessible for someone not willing to brave 1,200 pages of theology. It’s still a book of theology, but it’s easy to read. Grudem writes simply and clearly. He treats opposing views respectfully and fairly without misrepresentation. Some in the reformed or more fundamentally conservative tribes of Christianity avoid Grudem for his views on Spiritual Gifts. However, I found hi 471 pages of, well, Bible Doctrine. A distillation of Grudem’s Systematic Theology, the book contains heavy concepts made accessible for someone not willing to brave 1,200 pages of theology. It’s still a book of theology, but it’s easy to read. Grudem writes simply and clearly. He treats opposing views respectfully and fairly without misrepresentation. Some in the reformed or more fundamentally conservative tribes of Christianity avoid Grudem for his views on Spiritual Gifts. However, I found his explanation of the Gifts refreshing and clear. He points out many unfair treatments of the Spiritual Gifts from the aforementioned reformed/fundamentalists within Christianity. If you’re looking for an accessible work of theology, this is a great option well worth the time it takes to read it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Keel

    Used to teach an introduction to theology within a Sunday School setting. I like this version a little better than Grudem's full Systematic, as I think he was helped by the brevity and edits. This is a great resource to wade yourself or guide others into the sea of theology. Grudem's strengths are in his ability to be concise without losing clarity, and in his fair summaries and engagement of alternative positions (himself a premillennialist, Grudem actually solidified my amillennial leanings in Used to teach an introduction to theology within a Sunday School setting. I like this version a little better than Grudem's full Systematic, as I think he was helped by the brevity and edits. This is a great resource to wade yourself or guide others into the sea of theology. Grudem's strengths are in his ability to be concise without losing clarity, and in his fair summaries and engagement of alternative positions (himself a premillennialist, Grudem actually solidified my amillennial leanings in his survey of eschatology!). This isn't my favorite systematic, but it is probably the one I would hand someone who asked me for an introduction to theology. Another plus: it's very easy to outline for the purpose of teaching from it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Randall Connally

    Excellent introduction to the major doctrines of the Christian faith. I appreciate that the author shares his personnel views and presuppositions on certain doctrines that are debated by Christians in the introduction. It is a sign of intellectual honesty and that was why I bought the book as the first book I read on systematic theology. Throughout the text the author weighs differing views on the doctrines (eschatology, election, etc.) fairly considering the Biblical evidence for each and offer Excellent introduction to the major doctrines of the Christian faith. I appreciate that the author shares his personnel views and presuppositions on certain doctrines that are debated by Christians in the introduction. It is a sign of intellectual honesty and that was why I bought the book as the first book I read on systematic theology. Throughout the text the author weighs differing views on the doctrines (eschatology, election, etc.) fairly considering the Biblical evidence for each and offering his assessment in a way that seems appropriately humble and un-dogmatic. I highly recommend this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erik

    Solid study of the essential teachings of the Christian Faith. While the author is coming at these teachings from the Reformed point of view, it isn’t required for the reader to hold to or agree with the authors viewpoint in order to benefit from the wealth of topics covered in this book. The Biblical verses when referenced are used appropriately and with the correct context in view. This was used in a study group, and it spurred many good discussions to help us learn the essential doctrines of Solid study of the essential teachings of the Christian Faith. While the author is coming at these teachings from the Reformed point of view, it isn’t required for the reader to hold to or agree with the authors viewpoint in order to benefit from the wealth of topics covered in this book. The Biblical verses when referenced are used appropriately and with the correct context in view. This was used in a study group, and it spurred many good discussions to help us learn the essential doctrines of Christianity. Recommended for group study.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Just finished reading through Grudem and discussing it month by month with a group of young guys from my church. I don't agree with Grudem on all points eg the continuance of revelatory gifts or his premillenial view. And I'm surprised to see so much prominence given to the gifts of the spirit and so little given to the fruit of the Spirit and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. However I have found it very accessible and readable as a basic systematic theology. It was helpful.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marcia Hamm

    This book is most useful in provoking deeper understanding. Not because Grudem does a good job explaining, but because his tone begs to be argued against. I learned a lot by researching the alternate views he attempts to disprove. Sometimes I ended up agreeing, but often I found his explanations over-simplified and stated in a patronizing tone. Worth reading if you have the time to dig and disagree. Do not read and swallow whole.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This took awhile to get through, but I was amazed by the amount of information I learned. You can read the Bible all you want, but it's an entirely different story when you understand all of the themes and deeper meanings that it conveys. This book did an excellent job of opening my eyes to these ideas.

  17. 4 out of 5

    James Wright

    An extremely helpful grounding in Christian Theology and Systematics. Though I disagree with Grudem's premillennial position, he writes clearly about it and puts forward his argument well. Particularly benefitted from his chapters on Common Grace and Death and am looking forward to filling-in the gaps with the missing chapters from his Systematic Theology.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly A.

    Really gets you thinking. I read this in conjunction with an on-line class at my church called Deep Dive. It really was a lot of food for thought and does talk about differing viewpoints in many areas of theology. Enjoyed it very much and will probably go back again and reread it. There was so much to absorb.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sean Fuentes

    Decent introduction to many Christian doctrines, but not as thorough as I would have liked. For someone looking for a simple introduction to Christian doctrines from a conservative, Calvinistic, Baptist theologian, this is a good resource.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Megan Meyer

    This book took me almost 5 1/2 years to finish. Despite the slow-going, it really is a fantastic book that I will likely reference for many years. It covers the vast majority of doctrinal issues, gives scriptural references, and presents other popular viewpoints.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Nicaud

    An extremely helpful book that condenses key doctrines of the Scriptures into easily understood chapters. Other than the charismatic view of spiritual gifts and the premillennial eschatological perspectives, it is an excellent book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Seth Mcdevitt

    I liked Grudem's systematic theology better. This was, on its own, a useful reference. I'll probably keep this one at home and the other in the office. Decent text book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Patti Greene

    Great reference book. I will be referring back to this book frequently.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Schultz

    Useful book but had to take a star off for what I felt was an uncharitable summary of the paedobaptist position

  25. 5 out of 5

    Holly Peters

    Must read for everyone! Excellent book for a class. Very detailed and provides great discussion. I completed this in an 8 month course with my church.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ted

    Helpful, albeit dry. A good introduction into a systematic and practical understanding of a biblical Christian faith.

  27. 4 out of 5

    holykim

    Good I thought I know enough to teach my church member... but I was wrong... I learned a lot from this book. Many thanks!!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jason Kolar

    Great Resource!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Henry Marcos

    One of the best books which really helped me as a person.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jay Vellacott

    Easy to read as far as systematic theologies go, and a pretty solid summary of biblical arguments. Most of the time. Sometimes shakey.

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