In one systematic volume, James Montgomery Boice provides a readable overview of Christian theology. Both students and pastors will benefit from this rich source that covers all the major doctrines of Christianity.
With scholarly rigor and a pastor's heart, Boice carefully opens the topics of the nature of God, the character of his natural and special revelation, the fall, and the person and work of Christ. He then goes on to consider the work of the Holy Spirit in justification and sanctification. The book closes with careful discussion of ecclesiology and eschatology.
This updated edition includes a foreword by Philip Ryken and a section-by-section study guide. Both those long familiar with Boice and those newly introduced to him will benefit from his remarkable practicality and thoroughness, which will continue to make this a standard reference for years to come.
"Republication ofFoundations of the Christian Faithby James Montgomery Boice, the superlative minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church, will surely be welcomed by scholars and serious students of the Bible. This classic overview of Christian faith is a masterful balance of often opposing qualities. It is simultaneously comprehensive yet readable. It is accessible for serious believers, seeking college students, and newcomers to the faith. It is warmly pastoral yet theologically rich. It is theologically Calvinistic and trinitarian but above all focused on Scripture. Herein, ancient truth illuminates contemporary life. This monumental harvest of Dr. Boice's ministry belongs in every serious Christian's study."
--- Peter A. Lillback, president, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
"James Boice was the best preacher I've known, but he was also a major figure in the defense of the faith against liberalism. Widely educated, he was always consumed with a passion to proclaim God's word rather than flatter the academy. This is a learned but also pastoral theology, practical because it feeds the sheep with the rich pastures of Scripture. I'm so glad that this one-volume edition is being made available to a new audience! Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest this feast of the soul."
--- Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
Foreword by Philip Ryken Preface
Book 1: The Sovereign God
Part I: The Knowledge of God 1. On Knowing God 2. The Unknown God
Part II: The Word of God 3. The Bible 4. The Authority of the Scriptures 5. The Proof of the Scriptures 6. How True Is the Bible? 7. Modern Biblical Criticism 8. How to Interpret the Bible
Part III: The Attributes of God 9. The True God 10. God in Three Persons 11. Our Sovereign God 12. Holy, Holy, Holy 13. The God Who Knows 14. God Who Changes Not
Part IV: God’s Creation 15. The Creation of Humanity 16. Nature 17. The Spirit World 18. God’s Providence
Book 2: God the Redeemer
Part I: The Fall of the Race 1. The Fall 2. The Results of the Fall 3. The Bondage of the Will
Part II: Law and Grace 4. The Purpose of God’s Law 5. The Ten Commandments: Love of God 6. The Ten Commandments: Love of Others 7. The Wrath of God 8. Salvation in the Old Testament
Part III: The Person of Christ 9. The Deity of Jesus Christ 10. The Humanity of Jesus Christ 11. Why Christ Became Human
Part IV: The Work of Christ 12. Prophet, Priest, and King 13. Quenching God’s Wrath 14. Paid in Full 15. The Greatness of God’s Love 16. The Pivotal Doctrine: Resurrection 17. Verifying the Resurrection 18. He Ascended into Heaven
Book 3: Awakening to God
Part I: The Spirit of God 1. Personal Christianity 2. The Work of the Holy Spirit 3. Union with Christ
Part II: How God Saves Sinners 4. The New Birth 5. Faith and Repentance 6. Justification by Faith: The Hinge of Salvation 7. Justification by Faith: The Place of Works 8. The Tests of Faith 9. A New Family 10. The Upward Way
Part III: The Life of the Christian 11. Embrace the Negative 12. Freedom, Freedom 13. Knowing the Will of God 14. Talking to God 15. God Talking to Us 16. Serving
Part IV: The Work of God 17. Called by God 18. The Keeping Power of God
Book 4: God and History
Part I: Time and History 1. What’s Wrong withMe? 2. The March of Time 3. Christ, the Focal Point of History
Part II: The Church of God 4. Christ’s Church 5. The Marks of the Church 6. How to Worship God 7. Salvation’s Signs and Seals 8. Spiritual Gifts 9. Equipping the Saints 10. Church Government 11. Body Life 12. The Great Commission
Part III: A Tale of Two Cities 13. The Secular City 14. The Secular Church 15. God’s City 16. Church and State
Part IV: The End of History 17. How Will It All End? 18. Home at Last