Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)
One of my greatest concerns as a Christian blogger is to accurately communicate the truth of God’s word through my writing.
I want to “correctly handle the word of truth.”
So I was very interested to read 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology by Gregg R. Allison.
Gregg R. Allison is a professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Baker Compact Dictionary of Theological Terms, Historical Theology, An Introduction to Christian Doctrine and the Doctrine of the Church.
This book provides guidance for how to accurately teach the core doctrines of the Christian faith and connect them to daily life.In its most basic sense, Christian doctrine is a Christian belief based on Scripture. #50CoreTruthsoftheChristianFaith Click To Tweet
“Doctrine is believed, practiced, confessed, and taught. It is the Christian belief that involves not just our head but our whole being: our mind, emotions, will, motivations, attitudes, intentions, behavior, words, and instruction.”
This book is divided into 8 parts:
- Doctrine of the Word of God
- Doctrine of God
- Doctrine of God’s Creatures
- Doctrine of God the Son
- Doctrine of God the Holy Spirit
- Doctrine of Salvation
- Doctrine of the Church
- Doctrine of Future Things
Within each part, 50 specific doctrines are discussed in an effort to show Biblical support, gain understanding, and discern false teachings.
For example, the Doctrine of the Word of God is broken down into 7 parts:
- The Inspiration of Scripture
- The Truthfulness of Scripture
- The Authority of Scripture
- The Sufficiency and Necessity of Scripture
- The Clarity of Scripture
- The Transformative Power of Scripture
- The Canonicity of Scripture
A teaching outline is provided with questions often asked about each doctrine. The reader is alerted to major errors taught surrounding each doctrine and why we should avoid them.
Greg R. Allison does a great job presenting evidence and arguments for differing views on these doctrines so you leave understanding the inerrancy of scripture.
This 410-page book is an excellent resource for every Christian who wants to understand and teach the core truths of the Christian faith with accuracy and persuasiveness.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from Baker Books.