What Christians Ought to Believe: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine Through the Apostles' Creed

Hardcover | July 5, 2016

byMichael F. Bird

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Modern Christians have often hesitated to embrace the ancient creeds because of our “nothing but the Bible” tradition. In What Christians Ought to Believe Michael Bird opens our eyes to the possibilities of the Apostle’s Creed as a way to explore and understand the basic teachings of the Christian faith.

Bringing together theological commentary, tips for application, and memorable illustrations, What Christians Ought to Believe summarizes the basic tenets of the Christian faith using the Apostle’s Creed as its entryway. After first emphasizing the importance of creeds for the formation of the Christian faith, each chapter, following the Creed’s outline, introduces the Father, the Son, and the Spirit and the Church. An appendix includes the Apostles’ Creed in the original Latin and Greek.

What Christians Ought to Believe is ideally suited for both the classroom and the church setting to teach beginning students and laypersons the basics of what Christians ought to affirm if they are to be called Christians.

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Modern Christians have often hesitated to embrace the ancient creeds because of our “nothing but the Bible” tradition. In What Christians Ought to Believe Michael Bird opens our eyes to the possibilities of the Apostle’s Creed as a way to explore and understand the basic teachings of the Christian faith.Bringing together theological co...

Michael F. Bird (PhD, University of Queensland) is lecturer in theology at Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission, The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification, and the New Perspective, Evangelical Theology, Bourgeois ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.5 × 6.4 × 0.84 inPublished:July 5, 2016Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310520924

ISBN - 13:9780310520924

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Creedal Imperative for Bible Believers* Why Creeds?* The Ecumenical Creeds* Canon and Creed* Do We Need Creeds?Chapter 2: Believing in the Father* Faith* God the Father* Creator and CreationChapter 3: Believing in the Son* Jesus Christ, the Son of God* The Virgin Conception* Suffered under Pontius Pilate* The Death of Jesus* The Descent of Jesus* The Resurrection of Jesus* The Ascension of Jesus* The Session of Jesus* The Return of JesusChapter 4: Believing in the Spirit and Belonging to the Church* The Holy Spirit* The Church Communion* The Forgiveness of Sins* The Resurrection and Eternal LifeAppendix: Apostles' Creed Synopsis

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What Christians Ought to Believe is more than a clear, concise exposition of the essential tenets of faith informed by the very best of biblical and theological scholarship. With deep-rooted evangelical conviction and his trademark wit, Professor Bird also makes a compelling case that even committed biblicists can appreciate the beauty, instructional value, and fidelity to Scripture found in the ancient creed. -- Rhyne R. Putman, , Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary