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For those who yearn for a deeper walk in faith, their journey can begin here. Dr. Sproul takes theology down off of the dusty shelves of theological libraries and expounds in clear and simple terms over one hundred major Christian doctrines. He offers readers a basic understanding of the Christian faith that will kindle a lifelong love for truth, which is foundational to mFor those who yearn for a deeper walk in faith, their journey can begin here. Dr. Sproul takes theology down off of the dusty shelves of theological libraries and expounds in clear and simple terms over one hundred major Christian doctrines. He offers readers a basic understanding of the Christian faith that will kindle a lifelong love for truth, which is foundational to maturity in Christ. Here are theologically sound explanations of the biblical concepts every Christian should know, written in a way that we can all understand. Sproul’s homespun analogies and illustrations from everyday life make this book interesting, informative, and easy to read....

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  • Amanda
    2018-10-11 11:49

    I read this book after having finished Everyone's a Theologian. The two books are very similar, but I feel that this one is easier to understand. There are 102 short chapters of about 5 pages or less that can be read as a supplement to Bible study, in a book group, or (as was my case) on a lonnnnng airplane ride. Most of the chapters are excellent. The author gives Scripture-based explanations for Christian doctrines such as the Holy Trinity, baptism, communion, etc. Most of his explanations are easy to understand -- though I'd still highly recommend "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis to new or young believers as that is even easier to grasp. However, I feel that this book is poorly titled. It really should be something along the lines of "Essential Truths of Calvinist Christianity" or something like that, as the author is pretty clearly a Calvinist and obviously believes that is the only Scripturally sound way to view salvation. That being said, I took issue with several of the chapters. There are strong, Scripture-based arguments both for and against Calvinism, and I repeatedly find myself in the "against" camp. I would recommend this book to those who aren't entirely new to the Christian faith but aren't considered "mature" believers yet either. I guess figure out where you are on your journey and decide if this book is right for you. :)

  • Shannon
    2018-09-23 05:55

    I read this book over the course of several months as a supplement to my daily devotions. Each "chapter" (section?) is only 2-4 pages long and provides a concise overview of topics in systematic theology. Sproul also provides five Biblical references per topic for further independent study. Though I was familiar with almost all of the doctrines, some of the explanations provided by Sproul confused me more than aided in deeper understanding. I'll admit that it was due to his usage of theological terms that I had never heard or been exposed to. Accordingly, some of the concepts were made more complicated than need be. I'm also not a big proponent in using the Westerminster Confession of Faith---or any catechism---as explanation for Biblical doctrine. I prefer that pastors and teachers expound upon a Biblical reference/passage/verse to reiterate a point.Even though I've hounded somewhat on why I didn't give this book a full 5 stars, I really did enjoy it and looked forward to reading it each morning. It deepened my understanding on several foundational principles of Christianity. I greatly appreciated the structure of this book as well. A few pages per doctrine were enough to whet my appetite on certain topics and spark further personal study, while still being succinct enough to use during my daily devotions.

  • Benjamin Lim
    2018-10-09 09:53

    I wish I had read this book much earlier. It explains a lot of doctinal truth that many young christians face in the midst of skeptical down right unbelieving society in which they live.I would recommend this book to any youth leader, or any young christian so that they may be able to understand in what they believe and to give an answer for the hope that we have.In one of the chapter, it deals with the question of the omnipotence of God. Can God create a rock so heavy that he can not move? The answer is NO. But does it mean that God is not omnipotent? How the author explain this dilemma?

  • C.J. Moore
    2018-09-28 08:50

    I go back to this book more than any other in ministry. It's its own type of systematic theology but in the most simplified manner you can imagine. It is a great option for leading those new in the faith to learn significant theology. Sproul also includes biblical references throughout for further reading on each topic. Beware though - it is Reformed in nature. If that's not your thing, you probably won't enjoy it.

  • Greg Busch
    2018-10-16 09:39

    I enjoyed the book. Sproul had a "facts-only fru-fru free" style that appealed to me and I would recommend it to Christians at any stage of their journey.

  • Daniel
    2018-10-04 09:35

    During my research into Christianity, one of the biggest hurdles I kept encountering was how to properly define or identify the basic tenets of the faith. Having grown Catholic, I was already familiar with many of them, but not as an adult, and certainly not as a studious seeker. So I searched for books apt for people new to the faith or looking to learn the basics of the faith, and the first one that popped up on a couple of lists was Sproul's Essential Truths of the Christian Faith. So off to the library I went.The cover proclaims "100 key doctrines in plain language," and it actually delivers. Sproul is an experienced pastor and writer, and after an introduction that talks about the need for the lay Christian to study theology and how it should be done, he brings his knowledge to the reader in one- to two-page entries that distill the doctrines into their essence, explaining them in simple and direct language, offering supporting Bible verses for each entry, closing each with a quick summary of the key points. These almost encyclopedic entries do a fantastic job of explaining the doctrines and why they are important to Christian life in the past and today.The book is divided into sections covering doctrines dealing with Revelation, the Nature and Attributes of God, the Works and Decrees of God, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit, Human Beings and the Fall, Salvation, the Church and Sacraments, Spirituality and Living in This Age, and End Times. Sproul's book is perfect for anyone interested in the study of Christianity, offering a handy reference to the doctrines of the faith that is useful regardless of where in the spectrum of learning you fall. For me, it was the right book to read at this point in my life, as it answered a lot of questions about the basic beliefs of Christianity, while challenging me to keep studying those questions that didn't have easy answers. Although I read a copy borrowed from the public library, I'll be getting a copy for my personal library for sure.

  • Vanda
    2018-09-29 04:48

    first off, this book is really a great work, meaningful for Christians or non-Christians who want to know about the essentials of the Christian doctrines without going into the details. It gives explanations in wonderful wordings (simple and clear) about christian basic theology. Believe me you wont be bored with it...if one reads it faithfully, you can finish it in one night! He chops it off into small parts discussing one theme in 3 pages at the most, that made me want to savor every theme and felt a bit loss when it was all done.The first few chapters (I - VI) describing what CS Lewis said in Mere Christianity as 'HCF' highest common factors, factors that can be said to be held by all Christians regardless denominations. However starts on chapter VII (the doctrine of human being and the fall, salvation, etc) the color is thickly Calvinism, so if you are not in this group i have warned you, don't be surprised because there is no mention in the covers about the book being in the league of Calvinism considering not everyone knows who Sproul is.the point that the book covers almost everything important to Christianity (including the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, infant baptism etc) made it a must read especially to all Christians. The book is a plus, many times over!i highly recommend it!

  • Happyreader
    2018-09-22 06:56

    Cut and dry. 102 Christian concepts succinctly explained in a couple of pages each. If there is a disagreement among sects, he quickly explains Catholics believes this, Protestants believes that and here’s where everyone differs from the Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses. No overt judgments about the differences. Some judgment though about anyone claiming certain beliefs and still proclaiming themselves as Christian (antinomianism and legalism are two concepts that come to mind) but I guess that’s to be expected of someone writing a book called Essential Truths. Regardless, would recommend for anyone, Christian or not, who is curious about the beliefs of the Christian faith. An easy-to-comprehend primer.

  • Allen Haynie
    2018-10-22 08:39

    RC Sproul’s book, Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, is a balanced, concise and easy to read guide to 102 Christian doctrines. Each chapter is about 2 pages long and contain Scripture proofs at the end of the chapter with a brief point by point summary of the discussion. His analogies and illustrations help open up the Word and the truths he is discussing. These chapters are so short that they would make excellent daily readings with your daily Bible reading. The next doctrinal book to consider would be Louis Berkhof's Manual of Christian Doctrine or J I Packer's Concise Theology. But if you just want to stay with reading Sproul for now, read Everyone's A Theologian.

  • Katerina
    2018-10-22 05:38

    R.C. Sproul’s Essential Truths of the Christian Faith gives 2 or 3 page explanations of 102 points of Christian theology. With each topic he lists 5 or 6 Biblical references which support the truth discussed. I have used it with my sons over the past few months as a morning devotional. We each read the summary, looked up verses and discussed them. Essential Truths offers sound, conservative teachings, and we were able to discuss the few points where we differed from Sproul’s Calvinist leanings. We each have our own copy, and my hope is that my boys will continue to use theirs as a reference. There is no objectionable material, so it easily earns a G rating.

  • Rachelskirts
    2018-09-26 05:39

    (Textbook from junior year of high school. Used in conjunction with Louis Berkhof's Manual of Christian Doctrine.)While Sproul does a decent job explaining some difficult and essential doctrines in simple terms, Essential Truths of the Christian Faith is not a very useful reference tool in that it doesn't provide nearly enough detail on any one topic. Perhaps it is an informative overview for someone looking for very basic answers, but I can't remember the last time a two-page summary of the doctrine of predestination was enough to answer anyone's questions.

  • Heidy
    2018-10-09 10:43

    My dad bought this book a long time ago, and I picked it up from him just over a year ago. I have been slowly reading it little by little for the past year. Each chapter is only a few pages, but it's good to spend time systemically reading the reference verses. A nice survey of the basic tenets of Christianity, I'd recommend it to those who want to be elementary schooled at theology but don't have the time.

  • Leah
    2018-09-21 07:02

    This is a book that every Christian ought to read, young or old, new to the faith or mature in the faith, as it is a refresher to some of the fundamental truths to our faith. For anyone who does not adhere to a confession of faith, or know the benefits of catechisms, would benefit the most to this systematic and easy to understand approach...See full review on my blog: http://assertionsofahousewife.blogspo...

  • Stephie
    2018-10-10 04:34

    This book is 101 essential truths of the Christian faith -each condensed to about 1-3 pages. It simplifies difficult concepts and makes them tangible, but it's helpful to already have somewhat of a solid theological framework to really benefit from these doctrinally reformed "cliff notes" - at least I think so.

  • Glyn Williams
    2018-09-23 05:56

    Some good fundamental truths here. Though I would disagree with Sproul on a couple of issues, but then again, no-one agrees fully with another do they? This is a must have book for all pastors and theological students as it gives clear, concise explanations of 100 fundamental issues of the Christian Faith, many of which the modern church has forsaken.

  • Gabriel Wallis
    2018-09-24 07:36

    Good book! R.C. Sproul's Essential Truths of the Christian Faith was used/read for a Biblical "book club" I'm currently in called A-TEAM for Powell Valley Church in Gresham, Oregon. I learned a lot from this book, and relearned a lot of material I haven't studied in a while. Do I recommend it? Yes.

  • Amy
    2018-10-21 07:44

    Excellent resource for anyone wanting a crash course in orthodox Christian doctrine. Great for seasoned Christians as well as those curious about what Christians believe. Presented in a Q and A format, the answers are straightforward and easy to understand.

  • Craig Miller
    2018-10-09 08:48

    Great book!R.C. Sproul does it again! A short simple book explaining the truths of God's word. I would recommend this book to anyone who is new in the faith. Personally, I would even take Christians through the book.

  • Erik Spohr
    2018-10-07 03:39

    Sproul provides a good overview of the essential truths of the Christian faith. However, each of the vast number of topics are addressed with little explanation and few references. This work is solid theologically, but unlikely useful for study.

  • Corey Hughes
    2018-10-05 07:48

    The deep things discussed in this book are absolutely essential for every believer to grasp. Sproul does an excellent job at making the truths of Scripture more easily read and understood. This book is a great tool for personal devotion time with God.

  • Matthew
    2018-10-03 04:37

    A great summary of Christian foundations. If you are a Christian, you should make sure that you are grounded on each of these chapters.

  • Gerald
    2018-10-06 11:51

    This is a great quick reference guide and a good mini-systematic theology study for young believers.

  • Matt
    2018-09-28 07:57

    My first systematic theology. I still go back to it. Outstanding clarity and precision.

  • Jason Montgomery
    2018-10-06 06:57

    Started reading this tonight with the kiddos! Looks like it is going to be great. I am sure they are as excited about it as me! :)

  • Bruce Williams
    2018-09-30 10:56

    Concise and brief summaries of the major doctrines of the Christian faith.

  • Jason Pike
    2018-09-30 06:49

    thorough, and a very easy read. Dr Sproul is, as always logical and expert at making his case. I guess I'm not completely 'reformed' in my theology. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

  • 真緒
    2018-10-10 08:40

    Read this book, and you'll know what are the real essential truths of the Christian. R.C. Sproul did a awesome job, he gave a brief explanation in every chapter of this book.

  • Kameron
    2018-09-27 11:37

    Josh and I reading a chapter each night to develop a more sound understanding of our faith.

  • Angie
    2018-10-12 05:35

    Clear and understandable explanation of doctrine. This book will stay in my shelf for reference. Would absolutely recommend this to anyone!

  • Edwin Oyange
    2018-09-30 06:56

    Great summary of essential biblical truths...