Foundations of the Christian Faith: A Comprehensive & Readable Theology

Foundations of the Christian Faith: A Comprehensive & Readable Theology

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Boice, James Montgomery | IVP USA


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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.

832 pages

"Republication of Foundations of the Christian Faith by 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

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 with Me?
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

Study Guide
General Index
Scripture Index

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