The revised edition of A Theology for the Church retains its original structure, organized under these traditional theological categories: revelation, God, humanity, Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things.
Each chapter within these sections contains answers to the following four questions: What does the Bible say? What has the church believed? How does it all fit together? How does this doctrine impact the church today?
Contributions from leading Baptist thinkers R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Paige Patterson, and Mark Dever among others will also appeal to the broader evangelical community. Included in this revision are new chapters on theological method from a missional perspective (Bruce Ashford and Keith Whitfield) and theology of creation, providence, and Sabbath that engages current research in science and philosophy (Chad Owen Brand). Chapters on special revelation (David Dockery) and human nature (John Hammett) have also been updated.
“Second, Scripture anticipates theology because it invites humanity into the drama of redemption by provoking change in the people of God and calling them to know and love him.” (Page 5)
“Christian theology is disciplined reflection on God’s self-revelation. The purpose of this reflection is to equip the people of God to know and love God and to participate in his mission in the world.1 The task of Christian theology is cognitive, affective, and dispositional. It aims at the head, the heart, and the hands.” (Page 3)
“if a religion is true, it must offer a universal vision for all humanity throughout history.” (Page 5)
“Scripture is not an end in itself, a collection of facts to be observed for its own sake. Rather, it is a revelation, a guide to true and personal knowledge of God. Divine revelation entails human apprehension, right knowledge of and response to that which is revealed. This human apprehension, and its conceptual articulation, is ‘theology.’” (Page 5)
“Prudence suggests then a view that includes the body in its resurrected/glorified state as a benefit of the death of Jesus. However, to promise physical healing in the present corporeal state based on the atonement seems to have insufficient biblical support.” (Page 470)
"Theology is best done in the context of the local church and with a view toward the Great Commission. This is, unfortunately, rare in theological institutions, which makes this volume distinctive. I heartily recommend it to pastors and church leaders looking for a theological manual written by Christian ministers in active pursuit of the mission of God"
J.D. Greear, lead pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
If there is one thing lacking in the church today, it is theology - especially good theology. The remedy for that problem is found in this wonderful book. Each chapter is a veritable gold mine to understand the richness of both the institution and the people that we call the church. If you want to grow in your theological understanding of all God is doing in his church and, even more, grow closer to the God who is working in the church, this is the book for you.
James Merritt, lead pastor, Cross Pointe Church, Duluth, Georgia
I am happy to commend A Theology for the Church. This volume of theology is truly for the church. It has been produced by a team of Christian Scholars who are committed to Scripture, sensitive to the history of theology, and called to edify the people of God with the results of their thoughtful and faithful labors. It will be of significant value to teachers, pastors, students, and studious lay persons who want to be grounded in evangelical theology
Robert B. Sloan Jr., president, Houston Baptist University
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