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Doctrine (RE: Lit: Vintage Jesus) [Hardcover]

Mark Driscoll , Gerry Breshears
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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway USA(Good News Publishers) Main Account; First edition (16 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433506254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433506253
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.5 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of the Christian faith 16 July 2011
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In my parent's church - the church I grew up in - one of two church services on Sunday is devoted to a sermon based on a section from the Heidelberg Catechism (this is not unusual in the Netherlands). When I was a teenager, I attended catechism classes for seven years. I went for six years to a Reformed high school and each of these six years I attended classes on Christian theology, both practical and systematic.

Taking all of this in account, I think it's safe to state that I have quite a bit of knowledge about the Christian faith. What could a book called 'Doctrine' add? Much!

For starters, 'Doctrine' is a complete and comprehensive overview of the main topics in the Christian faith. The book has 13 chapters on subjects ranging from who God is, how He creates, what the Fall entails, how God sent Jesus to save, what worship is, and how it all will end. It's a complete overview of God's work as presented in the Holy Scriptures and it's a practical elaboration on what might be expected from a believing Christian. I read in a period of a few weeks, which is much better if you want to get a general view of the Christian faith and its theology than attending for example catechism classes for a period of six years.

Secondly, during my teen years I was interested in discovering what my church believed and, thus, what I ought to believe. When I grew a few years older, I started to get an interest in different views on what Christians ought to believe and what they believe. The traditional confessions and faith overviews of my parent's church (which had become my church as well) were not very open to differing views.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 3 Mar 2014
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Brilliant book, a little hard to read at times but all in all it gives a greater understanding of the doctrine of our faith.
Book arrived from seller in good time and well packaged. Will use seller again
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Concise 6 Feb 2014
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Know others who are using this volume and have found it of great benefit
and I would agree personal to its usefulness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 14 Nov 2013
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I found the item very useful and I had no problem with it and I did not wait for it too much but exactly the time suggest at the time of the purchasing. thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant and indispensable book 6 Aug 2013
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I was loaned this book by a friend and knew that I had to a copy for myself. I have been greatly blessed by Mark Driscoll's ministry at Mars Hill church Seattle and this wonderful book manages to compress his teaching and theology into one invaluable volume. A must have for anyone.
Ken Kirkwood
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 16 Jun 2013
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It is a book which explains the doctrines of Christianity in a clear way. I recomend it to everyone who wants to have a clear perspective and a sound doctrine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctrine, by Driscoll and Breshears 10 Jun 2013
By Lindsay
[This review can also be found on my blog (see my profile)]

Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears have co-authored three books: Vintage Jesus, Vintage Church and Death by Love. These books address the topics of Christology, Ecclesiology, and Soteriology at a popular level (and quite creatively in Death by Love), but Doctrine is their most ambitious work together. It is an introduction to theology, and with 436 densely filled pages subtitled What Christians Should Believe, there is a lot of content to be found here.

Doctrine aims to bring basic and central Christian doctrines down to an accessible level whilst remaining theologically robust. Rather than following closely the common categories found in systematic works (Prologomena, Bibliology, Theology Proper, etc) the authors instead chose to structure the content a little differently. Each chapter is focused on God, with titles such as Trinity: God is, or Incarnation: God Comes. At the end of the day, most of the chapters still resemble the traditional categories, but this unique format is welcome. The chapters progress in somewhat of a chronological pattern: beginning with God, then His self-revelation, His work of creation, His judgment in the fall, His promised redemption, and so forth. Rather than each section of theology being disconnected from the others, this approach helps the reader see how each doctrine plays a part in the narrative of redemption.

Each chapter is broken down into smaller units that begin with a question. For example, 'Why were some books not accepted as Scripture?' or 'Was Jesus fully Human?' Each chapter also ends with practical questions, such as 'What are the practical implications of the Trinity?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended reading 4 May 2013
By Harvey
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I found this book very easy to read and understandable. It covers the main doctrines and offers very clear explanations. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone .
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