20 Basics Every Christian Should Know
We’re getting into the basics of the faith this year at St. Paul’s – one of the books we’ll be discussing is Wayne Grudem’s short (156 pages) volume entitled Christian Beliefs – 20 Basics Every Christian Should Know.
Our adult Sunday School class is already using this book; I’m going to start with it on our Thursday night Recon Class beginning June 23. It’s available thru Barnes & Noble, Borders, Amazon, etc. You can get it cheap from halfdotcom here.
As I understand it, this volume began as an entire systematic theology in several volumes which Grudem distilled down to a single volume seminary textbook. Then he distilled it further to make it a lay-person friendly, brief but comprehensive book. Where there is more than one school of thought on a subject, Grudem is fairly balanced in presenting the major points of view from a Christian perspective. FYI, the topics of discussion are:
- What Is The Bible?
- What Is God Like?
- What Is The Trinity?
- What Is Creation?
- What Is Prayer?
- What Are Angels, Satan, and Demons?
- What Is Man?
- What Is Sin?
- Who Is Christ?
- What Is The Atonement?
- What Is The Resurrection?
- What Is Election?
- What Does It Mean To Become A Christian?
- What Are Justification And Adoption?
- What Are Sanctification And Perseverance?
- What Is Death?
- What Is The Church?
- What Will Happen When Christ Returns?
- What Is The Final Judgement?
- What Is Heaven?
If you haven’t been to Recon Class before we won’t hold that against you! I encourage you to come get your thinking stimulated – you may well find that the Faith isn’t what you always thought it was!