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Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe

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  • Listening Length: 15 hours and 44 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: christianaudio.com
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 19 Oct. 2010
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047VIFTQ

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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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Unlike so many systematic theologies, which are usually as dry as a bone, I found this one highly readable. In its discussion of the trinity I was a bit surprised that they omitted the fact that the Hebrew word `elohiym' is in the plural (Gen 1:1). It covers the major doctrines of the Christian faith. It would suit beginner to intermediate Christians and group study. Chapter headings are:

1. Trinity: God is.
2. Revelation: God speaks.
3. Creation: God makes.
4. Image: God loves.
5. Fall: God judges.
6. Covenant: God pursues.
7. Incarnation: God comes
8. Cross: God dies.
9. Resurrection: God saves.
10. Church: God sends.
11. Worship: God transforms.
12. Stewardship: God gives.
13. Kingdom: God reigns.

It includes small group resources, a general index and a scripture index.
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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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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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[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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This is a weighty book with alot of scholarly phrases and approaches, but if you're up for the challenge and are willing to interogate the chapters to reach a conclusion of what you believe is biblical and right, I would highly recommend it!

This audiobook (I bought the 16 CD version but using audible to download the book would work just as well and might be easier for others) brings together alot of information about the theology, history, cultural practices, differences/agreements of beliefs or opinions and shares how this all relates to the Doctrine of contemporary Christianity.

Alot of time is spent within the book to initially explain the context of the topic, eg God's saving grace or the trinity of God, then to unpack what this means practically, moving onto a range of applications/interpretations of this aspect particularly referencing non-biblical perspectives to forewarn Christians what pitfalls to avoid. The authors also make it clear what their perspective is and the reasoning behind it.
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