50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith

A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology

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50 essential doctrines, clearly and succinctly explained

Christian doctrine must be confessed by the church, taught from generation to generation, and applied to daily life. In this volume theologian Gregg Allison unpacks fifty key doctrines of the Christian faith in a clear, engaging way and provides guidance for how to accurately teach them. He also explains how each doctrine connects to daily life, because he believes that Christian doctrine is not only true belief but also true practice.

This is an indispensable resource for anyone who desires to form believers in sound doctrine and transform lives for the glory of God.



"This is a helpful introduction to theology, especially with its questions and suggestions for further study. Gregg Allison has done yeoman's labor helping us to understand why we came to the biblical convictions that we have throughout history. Here, he shows us why it is (and must be) grounded in the Scriptures."--Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

"One of evangelicalism's finest theologians offers us this clear, handy, faithful, and insightful introduction to the major doctrines of the Christian faith. And he ably guides church leaders in organizing and teaching these truths."--Christopher W. Morgan, dean and professor of theology, School of Christian Ministries, California Baptist University

"This is a much-needed resource for the body of Christ. His presentation of the evidence and arguments for differing views is evenhanded and displays both the Christian charity and clarity that we have come to expect of everything he writes."--Sam Storms, lead pastor for preaching and vision, Bridgeway Church


Gregg R. Allison (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including The Baker Compact Dictionary of Theological Terms, Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine, and Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church. He serves as secretary of the Evangelical Theological Society and is a book review editor for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Gregg is also a pastor of Sojourn Community Church.


Endorsements

"This is a helpful introduction to theology, especially with its questions and suggestions for further study. Gregg Allison has done yeoman's labor helping us to understand why we came to the biblical convictions that we have throughout history. Here, he shows us why it is (and must be) grounded in the Scriptures."

Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

"One of evangelicalism's finest theologians offers us this clear, handy, faithful, and insightful introduction to the major doctrines of the Christian faith. And he ably guides church leaders in organizing and teaching these truths. This is a wonderful handbook that church leaders will turn to time and time again."

Christopher W. Morgan, dean and professor of theology, School of Christian Ministries, California Baptist University

"This is a much-needed resource for the body of Christ, especially for new believers or those who have not as yet delved into the 'whole counsel of God.' Gregg Allison writes with insight on each issue and does a remarkable job of articulating multiple interpretations of each one. His presentation of the evidence and arguments for differing views is evenhanded and displays both the Christian charity and clarity that we have come to expect of everything he writes. For those who are put off by massive volumes on systematic theology, this is the book for you. And for those who want more than a surface, superficial treatment of critically important biblical and theological doctrines, this is the book for you. There is no one in whom I have more trust to write a book such as this than Gregg Allison. From this day forward, when I'm asked, What do Christians believe? How do I sort through the variety of positions? And why should I care? I will send them to Gregg's excellent volume."

Sam Storms, lead pastor for preaching and vision, Bridgeway Church

"This is a remarkably useful book for anyone who wants to teach biblically based Christian doctrine to God's people. It is refreshingly clear; it contains insightful questions that will encourage active discussion; it clearly explains and rejects the erroneous teachings that have sprung up to distort each biblical doctrine; and it continually makes application to life. Any church that works through this book will come out much stronger as a result!"

Wayne Grudem, research professor of theology and biblical studies, Phoenix Seminary

"Systematic theologies are known as 'door stopper' texts. They both instruct the faithful and keep you from getting hit by solid wood. We need the longer books, but we also need shorter versions. Gregg Allison's new volume gives us a strong dose of sound doctrine, but in an easy-to-digest format. This is a great book for small groups, those in discipling relationships, and anyone who is tired of soft words and vague generalities. One of evangelicalism's top theologians has served Christ's body well."

Owen Strachan, associate professor of Christian theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; coauthor, The Pastor as Public Theologian


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  1. Gregg R. Allison

    Gregg R. Allison

    Gregg R. Allison (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including The Baker Compact Dictionary of Theological Terms, Historical...

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