Making Sense Of The Church: One of Seven Parts from Grudem's Systematic Theology by Wayne A. GrudemMaking Sense Of The Church: One of Seven Parts from Grudem's Systematic Theology by Wayne A. Grudem

Making Sense Of The Church: One of Seven Parts from Grudem's Systematic Theology

byWayne A. Grudem

Paperback | February 6, 2011

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With clear writing and a contemporary approach, emphasizing how each doctrine should be understood and applied by present-day Christians, Making Sense of the Church explores the community of all true believers for all time—the church. Topics include but are not limited to the invisible church—the church as God sees it; the visible church—the church as Christians on earth see it; the purity of church—the degree of freedom from wrong doctrine and conduct; the primary purpose of the church—ministry to God, believers, and the world; the power of the church—its God-given authority to carry on spiritual warfare, proclaim the gospel, and exercise church discipline; and spiritual gifts—abilities empowered by the Holy Spirit and used in any ministry of the church. Written in a friendly tone, appealing to the emotions and the spirit as well as the intellect, Making Sense of the Church helps readers overcome wrong ideas, make better decisions on new questions, and grow as Christians.

Wayne Grudem is research professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix, Arizona. He holds degrees from Harvard (AB), Westminster Theological Seminary (MDiv, DD), and Cambridge (PhD). He is the author of more than a dozen books including the bestselling Systematic Theology.  
Title:Making Sense Of The Church: One of Seven Parts from Grudem's Systematic TheologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 7.38 × 0.75 inPublished:February 6, 2011Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310493161

ISBN - 13:9780310493167


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshing I asked for this as a Christmas gift one year because I had heard it was one of the only (if not, THE only) book on systematic theology that is written by someone who is not a paedo-baptist. On that note alone, it was a refreshing change. Overall, I found it to be readable, concise, well-thought out, logical and devotional. The grand subject is God Himself, and Grudem is anxious to extol His praises. Each chapter concludes with questions for personal application, special terms, a Scripture memory passage, and a related hymn, so that you can easily use each chapter as an extended devotional. The only weaknesses I found with it was his view that special revelation was still possible. This opens up a can of worms. The canon of Scripture was closed with the book of Revelation. The other was his wavering on Creation. He starts out the chapter strong enough, but then seems to cave to the possibility of theistic evolution. If you take that stand, then you have death before sin, and the Bible is clear that before Adam sinned, there was no death (so no fossils), but when man sinned, death entered the world. Otherwise, I really enjoyed it, and would recommend it over Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof, Charles Hodge or any other systematic theology text available.
Date published: 2008-05-13