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Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know

, 2005
ISBN: 9780310496892



God doesn’t call every Christian to go off to seminary, but there are certain matters of doctrine—that is, the church’s teaching—that every Christian simply must know. Theology is important because what we believe affects how we live. If you’re a relatively new believer in Jesus, or if you’re a more mature Christian looking for a quick brush-up on basics of the faith, Christian Beliefs is for you.

This readable guide to 20 basic Christian beliefs is a condensation of Wayne Grudem’s award-winning book on systematic theology, prized by pastors and teachers everywhere. He and his son, Elliot, have boiled down the essentials of Christian theology for the average layperson and made them both clear and applicable to life. You will learn about the Bible, the characteristics of God, what it means that we are created in the image of God, what God has done for us in Christ, the purpose of the church, and much more. Each chapter includes questions for personal review or group discussion.

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  • 20 basic Christian beliefs
  • Preface by the authors
  • Questions for personal review or group discussion
These truly are twenty basic beliefs that every Christian should know. Wayne Grudem is a master teacher with the ability to explain profound truths in simple language. He is a man of deep conviction and theological passion—and those who read this book will be both educated and encouraged in the faith.

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

. . . this summary will certainly help beginners with Christ to get the hang of their faith.

J. I. Packer, executive editor, Regent College

As Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology contracts into a compact book, I do not lose my enthusiasm for the truth he loves and the clarity of his words.

John Piper, author and theologian, Bethlehem Baptist Church

Scripture references are linked directly to Greek and Hebrew texts, along with the English Bible translations of your choice. For any word in any language, you can double-click on that word and your digital library will automatically search your lexicons for a match. That gives you unprecedented access to linguistic data, along with all the tools you need for exegesis and interpretation.

Wayne Grudem is a New Testament scholar turned theologian, author, and research professor of Bible and theology at Phoenix Seminary, Arizona. He earned a BA from Harvard University, an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. In 2001 Grudem moved to Phoenix Seminary after having taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for more than twenty years where he was also the chairman of the Department of Biblical and Systematic Theology.


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  1. John Spinella

    John Spinella


  2. Jeff Smith

    Jeff Smith


    As a pastor I believe the church is losing sight of its original calling of making disciples and we seem to be more interested or focused on how we fill seats. But true believers are hungry for doctrinal truth because it offers confidence which becomes a power to witness more readily. We need to articulate our faith, the accuracy of the bible and most importantly the gospel. This is a step in the right direction. I suggest Systematic Theology which is a more detailed version of this book. You can get it cheaper in book form for comparison but either way its wonderful.

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