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I have observed a lamentable tendency to divorce biblical doctrine from Christian practice. People want to improve their lives, so they ask for "practical" lessons to give them concrete solutions for their problems. Certainly, the word of God is filled with specific prescriptions for behavior, but the strength to carry them out does not come from the commandments themselves.
The Spirit of God alone enables us to live a new kind of life. He reorients our thought patterns so that we see God, the world, and ourselves from God's perspective. At the same time, He changes our affections so that we love God and value the things that are important to Him. What does the Spirit use to produce this wonderful transformation in us? He uses the Scripture, and more particularly the doctrines of Scripture. God saves us and sanctifies us through the truth (John 17:17).
The major doctrines of the Bible are not dry, dusty subjects. They are intensely practical truths. Good doctrine is meant to be lived. You may have good doctrine in your head and live poorly, but you cannot live well without good doctrine in your heart. Practicing what we believe is the theme of this short book.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1—Our Purpose in Life
Chapter 2—The Word of God
Chapter 3—The True God
Chapter 4—God in Christ
Chapter 7—Repentance and Faith
Chapter 8—Life in the Spirit
Chapter 9—The Church
Chapter 10—Our Worship and the Ordinances
Chapter 11—Our Mission
Chapter 12—Last Things
Appendix A—Doctrinal Summary with References
Appendix B—God’s Preservation of His Word
Appendix C—The Trinity
Appendix D—The Exclusive Claims of Christianity
Appendix E—Why Do We Suffer for Adam’s Sin?
Appendix F—Baptism, Filling, and Gifts of the Spirit
Appendix G—Sexual Purity
Appendix H—The Eternal Torment of the Lost