Revisit the foundations of the Christian faith with one of the foremost evangelical scholars living today. A renowned theologian, J.I. Packer takes readers through a deeper examination of everyday Christian tenets such as the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer, and addresses topics like weakness, intentionality, disappointment and more to help you grow in Christ. One of today’s most important evangelicals, Packer has greatly influenced the modern church and the field of evangelism. The Crossway J.I. Packer Collection, a compendium of that influence, presents 10 volumes in which Packer offers profound reflection on the Christian life.
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The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest summary of Christian beliefs. Though often recited in unison, the phrase, “I believe,” makes the creed a deeply personal profession of faith.
In Affirming the Apostles’ Creed, Packer explains the meaning and implications of each phrase of the creed. Each concise chapter serves as an invitation to dive further into the essentials of the Christian faith via the creed, and concludes with discussion questions and suggestions for further study.
In contrast to the laid-back form of Christianity often seen today, J.I. Packer attempts to shake Christians out of their complacency with biblical reflections on life’s tough issues. God’s Plans for You discusses topics like pleasure, health, disappointment, and holiness. Packer maps out difficult situations—superimposing relevant biblical teachings for study.
In his timeless memoir of his wife’s life and death, prolific author and Puritan theologian Richard Baxter describes a love story, not of fairy tales, but of faithfulness from beginning to end. After losing his wife of 19 years, Baxter sought consolation and relief in Scripture and writing. Within days, he produced a poignant lover’s tribute that has become a classic memoir.
In A Grief Sanctified, Packer has added his own astute reflections along with his edited version of Baxter’s memoir. Packer guides you through six of life’s realities — love, faith, death, grief, hope, and patience — comparing and contrasting the world’s ideals with those of the Bible. The powerful combination of Packer’s insights and Baxter’s grief provides a beacon in the often dark realm of grief.
Richard Baxter one of the great English pastors and theologians. Though without a university education, and always sickly, he acquired great learning. In 1633 he had a brief experience of court life at Whitehall (London), but turned from the court in disgust and studied theology. In 1638 he was ordained by the bishop of Worcester and preached in various places till 1641, when he began his ministry at Kidderminster (18 m.s.w. of Birmingham), as “teacher.” There he labored with wonderful success so that the place was utterly transformed. When the Civil War broke out (1642) he retired temporarily to Gloucester and then to Coventry because he sided with the parliament, while all in and about Kidderminster sided with the king. He was, however, no blind partizan and boldly spoke out for moderation and fairness. After acting as an army chaplain he separated from the army, partly on account of illness, and returned to Kidderminster.
J.I. Packer outlines the differences between faith and belief to help you grow in Christ. While “belief” suggests bare opinion, “faith,” whether in a car, a patent medicine, a protégé, a doctor, or a marriage partner, is a matter of treating the person or thing as trustworthy and committing yourself accordingly. The same is true of faith in God, and in a more far-reaching way.
In Keeping the Ten Commandments, Packer probes the purpose and meaning of the commandments, which he believes are often mistakenly viewed as a legalistic list of dos and don’ts. Under Packer’s guidance, readers discover that these precepts are God’s blueprints for the best life possible—containing the wisdom everyone needs for relational, spiritual, and societal blessing.
Delivered in brief, readable segments with discussion questions and ideas for further study at the end of each chapter, Keeping the Ten Commandments will challenge you to view the commandments with new eyes and appreciate the heritage of health and hope that they offer.
Packer is lucid, often illustrates well, and is orderly. A good brief discussion appears on what would be true for Christianity if Jesus had not risen. Packer also has good reasons Christians can validly believe that Jesus did rise. A number of other fine discussions are helpful, such as what heaven means, Christ’s public future coming, the Holy Spirit, forgiveness, bodily resurrection, everlasting life, baptism, baptism in the Spirit.
—James E. Rosscup, professor of Bible exposition, The Master’s Seminary
Maturity in the spiritual life, like its counterparts in the social and emotional realms, requires conscious effort. Renowned author J.I. Packer gives the benefit of his extended experiences in achieving growth in Christ. Don’t expect a book of doctrines that only theologians can understand. Packer clothes doctrine with practical everyday living applications.
—Glen H. Jones, Pulpit Helps
In this excellent study, Packer takes an enlightening and lively look at the book of Nehemiah, gleaning from this man’s life key principles of leadership, decision-making, obedience, and godliness that leaders need today. A Passion for Faithfulness also reveals God’s great love for his people then, and his ongoing love for his church now. Through this great leader’s life, Christians in every sector are given a prescription for today’s ailing church.
Prayer can be a challenge for many people. Christians often go through the motions, but are left wondering if their prayers are even heard, or if they matter. In Praying the Lord’s Prayer, Packer presents a powerful truth: that prayer is a natural activity between the Heavenly Father and his children. As Packer works through each phrase of the Lord’s Prayer, readers will begin to grasp the basic principles and guidelines of prayer set out by Christ and strengthen their own prayer life.
A Quest for Godliness explores the depth and breadth of Puritan spiritual life. Drawing on a lifetime of study, Packer surveys the lives and teachings of great Puritan leaders such as John Owen, Richard Baxter, and Jonathan Edwards. He examines the Puritan view of the Bible, spiritual gifts, the Sabbath, worship, social action, and the family. The Puritans’ faith, Packer argues, stands in marked contrast with the superficiality of modern western Christianity.
Explaining the essentials of the faith, Packer outlines the core commitments that are common to those of us who profess belief in Jesus. Here is a call to discipleship in mere Christianity—the business of taking God seriously.
Like many people, I first discovered what it meant ‘to take God seriously’ through reading J.I. Packer’s books. It is thus an honor and a delight to be asked to write a commendation for his latest work, a basic catechetical plea for sober, modest, thoughtful and orthodox theology. In a church world dominated by Barnum and Bailey circus antics and the brash triviality borrowed from the world around in the name of ‘engagement,’ Dr. Packer remains a truly engaging and gentlemanly advocate for those old paths which are ever fresh.
—Carl R. Trueman, professor of church history, Westminster Theological Seminary
J.I. Packer argues that for Christians, weakness should be a way of life. Yet many believers desperately try to be self-sufficient, resenting their needs and limitations. Reflecting on his own life experiences of frailty—having been hit by a truck at a young age—Packer teaches the importance of embracing frailty, and looking to Christ for strength, affirmation, and contentment.
If you, like me, struggle with discouragement over your weaknesses, you need to read this book. We all long to be admired for our strengths, yet we all find ourselves, ‘beset with weakness’ (Heb. 5:2). Does this mean we’re stuck living with discouragement? No! There is an escape to joyful freedom. Dr. Packer knows the way. Walking us through 2 Corinthians, he shows it to us so that we, like Paul, can ‘boast all the more gladly of [our] weaknesses.
—Jon Bloom, president, Desiring God Ministries
J.I. Packer, is considered one of the most influential evangelicals in North America. Packer committed his life to Christ after hearing lectures from C.S. Lewis at Oxford. In the 1950s, Packer was ordained a deacon and priest in the Church of England. Before moving to Canada, he lectured at several schools, including Tyndale Hall in Bristol, Latimer House at Oxford, and Oak Hill Theological College in London.
Packer is currently a professor of theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and serves as the honorary president of the Latimer Trust. Packer has written and edited numerous books, including Illustrated Manners and Customs of the Bible and Concise Theology. He is also the editor of the English Standard Version of the Bible, the New Bible Dictionary, and New Dictionary of Theology.