Understanding and appreciating who God is and what he has done for us is at the centre of the Christian faith. Right belief is the first step to getting everything else right--from home to work, from worship to witness, from...
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Understanding and appreciating who God is and what he has done for us is at the centre of the Christian faith. Right belief is the first step to getting everything else right--from home to work, from worship to witness, from self-understanding to service.
In this concise handbook Bruce Milne summarizes in masterly fashion what the Bible teaches in the major areas of Christian doctrine (the Bible, God, humanity, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the church and the last things). He explains the historical understanding and development of these truths from the early church to the present. In doing so he impartially highlights denominational and theological differences where appropriate.
Know the Truth offers comprehensive biblical material on all the essential doctrines. The revised edition, published in 1999, includes new and updated material drawing on the latest biblical and theological studies. Further, it considers doctrine in the face of recent changes in the world and the church--along with challenges from movements such as the New Age, postmodernism, feminism and pluralism. In addition, each section concludes with a thorough listing of Scripture passages, questions to stimulate further reflection and a completely updated bibliography to aid further study.
Here is a helpful and thorough resource for all who want to understand the essential Christian faith.
Table of Contents
Foreword by J. I. Packer
Preface to the new edition
Part 1: The final authority in matters of faith
Part 2: The doctrine of God
4. The being of God
5. God the Holy Trinity
6. The atrributes or perfections of God
7. The work of creation
8. The work of providence
Part 3: Humankind and sin
9. Essential human nature
10. Humanity in sin
11. Humanity in grace
12. Humanity in glory
Part 4: The person and work of Christ
13. The humanity of Jesus Christ
14. The deity of Jesus Christ
15. The one person
16. The work of Christ: biblical teaching^
17. The work of Christ: historical perspectives
Part 5: the person and work of the Holy Spirit
18. The person of the Spirit
19. The Spirit of promise
20. The Spirit and Christian beginnings
21. The Spirit and Christian growth
22. Historical perspective: the Holy Spirit today
Part 6: The church
23. The identity of the church
24. The function of the church
25. The life of the church
26. The church in history
Part 7: The last things
27. The kingdom of God
28. The second advent of Christ
29. The final state
30. The last things in Christian thought
This guide gives clear explanations, comprehensive scripture references and discussion questions. It will help Christians grasp the overall pattern of the Bible's teaching.
Bruce Milne (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) was Pastor of First Baptist Church in Vancouver, Canada for many years. Today he travels the globe, preaching, teaching and encouraging pastoral leaders as Vice-President of the Baptist World Alliance. He has authored Know the Truth; Dynamic Diversity; The Message of Heaven & Hell ( Bible Speaks Today Themes) and The Gospel of John (Bible Speaks Today Series.)
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James Innell Packer was born in Gloucester, UK, in 1926, the son of a clerk for the Great Western Railway. Packer won a scholarship to Oxford University, where he obtained a BA (1948), MA (1954), and PhD (1954). It was at Oxford that Packer attended lectures by C.S. Lewis, whose teachings would become a major influence in his life. In a meeting of the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union, Packer committed his life to Christian service.
After briefly teaching Greek at Oak Hill College in London, Packer entered Wycliffe Hall to study theology and was ordained in the Anglican Church, becoming a presbyter in 1953. From the 1950s through the 1970s, Packer held several academic positions at Tyndale Hall, Bristol and Oxford. During this time, he became recognized as a leader in the evangelical movement in the Church of England. In 1978, he signed the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, which affirmed the conservative position on inerrancy, although he is not a literalist with regard to the creation narratives of Genesis. On the matter of ministry roles in the church, Packer is a complementarian. His theology is Reformed, though he is open to ecumenical rapprochement with Anglo-Catholics, which has drawn sharp criticism from some quarters. He famously parted ways with Martyn Lloyd-Jones over this issue in the late 1960s.
In 1979, Packer moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada, to take up a position with Regent College, where he would become Professor of Theology, a position he retains beyond the age of 90, even though his vision is now seriously impaired. Since 2009, Packer has been theologian emeritus of the Anglican Church in North America.
During a ministry career spanning over six decades, and through his prolific written output, Packer has distinguished himself as one of the leading theologians and church historians of our time. His book Knowing God (1973) has become a modern classic, and he has done much to stimulate wider interest in the great works of Puritan spirituality - a great passion of his. He has been a frequent contributor to and an executive editor of Christianity Today. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version of the Bible (2001), an evangelical revision of the Revised Standard Version of 1971. His other books include, A Quest for Godliness, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, Growing in Christ, and Rediscovering Holiness.
Packer and his wife Kit have three adopted children. Packer rises early at four in the morning, and until he lost his eyesight wrote by means of his old manual typewriter. He loves seriously hot and spicy food, and his favourite book of the Bible is Ecclesiastes.