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Renowned theologian J. I Packer unpacks the essential truths of the Christian faith to equip and encourage believers.
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J I Packer’s ‘Taking God Seriously’ is a discipleship reader to ground you in the basic, essential truths of Christianity equipping you to answer sceptics and maintain an ecumenical church view that upholds traditional, orthodox Christian beliefs.
Professor J. I. Packer, one of the most influential evangelicals in America today, explains how the intentional, orderly instruction in the truths that Christians are called to live by (unfashionably known as ‘catechesis’) has fallen out of the curriculum of most churches today. This, he believes is a major loss, leaving many Christians under-nourished and spiritually sluggish. Stating the case for catechesis as of the utmost importance in developing an ecumenical church that maintains orthodox beliefs, Packer's book pushes Christians to know their faith so they can explain it to inquirers and sustain it against sceptics. Putting faith to work in evangelism, church fellowship, and the many forms of service is, says Packer, the Christian's chief business in ‘Taking God Seriously’.
Taking God Seriously by J I Packer was published by IVP in February 2013 and is our 26747th best seller. The ISBN for Taking God Seriously is 9781844746095.
J I Packer who is a Professor of Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, puts forward in his new book Taking God Seriously, that catechesis is vital for teaching and understanding Christianity. Catechesis defines the orderly instruction in the truths by which Christians are called to live. The author claims that this intentional and orderly instruction has largely fallen out of use in recent days and its use should once again become a vital part of Christian teaching. Packer claims that there are many ways of catechising but whichever form is used, be it one-to-one, or group discussion and question and answer sessions, the Bible calls it simply teaching or discipling. Without it Christians are undernourished and spiritually sluggish. By examining various aspects of Christianity, Christian Unity, Repentance, The Church, Baptism and the Lord 's Supper, and posing questions at the end of each chapter, the author hopes that his work will ground Christians more firmly in their faith and stir them out of their sluggishness.
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'Like many people, I first discovered what it meant
''Like many people, I first discovered what it meant 'to take God seriously' through reading J. I. Packer's books. It is thus an honor and a delight to be asked to write a commendation for his latest work, a basic catechetical plea for sober, modest, thoughtful and orthodox theology. In a church world dominated by Barnum and Bailey circus antics and the brash triviality borrowed from the world around in the name of 'engagement,' Dr. Packer remains a truly engaging and gentlemanly advocate for those old paths which are ever fresh.'' - Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
“Like many people, I first discovered what it meant ‘to take God seriously’ through reading J. I. Packer’s books. It is thus an honor and a delight to be asked to write a commendation for his latest work, a basic catechetical plea for sober, modest, thoughtful and orthodox theology. In a church world dominated by Barnum and Bailey circus antics and the brash triviality borrowed from the world around in the name of ‘engagement,’ Dr. Packer remains a truly engaging and gentlemanly advocate for those old paths which are ever fresh.” - Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
In 2006, Christianity Today voted one of his previous books: ‘Knowing God’ to be one of the top 50 books that have shaped the Evangelical Church. During the past 20 years, J. I. Packer's classic has revealed to over one million Christians around the world the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God.
Member the Board of Governors’ at Regent College, Vancouver, Dr. Packer, was hailed by TIME as: “A doctrinal Solomon” among Protestants. “Mediating debates on everything from a particular Bible translation to the acceptability of free-flowing Pentecostal spirituality, Packer helps unify a community [evangelicalism] that could easily fall victim to its internal tensions.”
James Innell Packer (born July 22, 1926) is a British-born Canadian Christian theologian in the Low Church Anglican and Reformed traditions. He is considered one of the most influential evangelicals in North America. For over 25 years Regent College students have been privileged to study under Dr. Packer’s clear and lucid teaching, and our faculty, staff and students celebrate the international recognition he rightly receives as a leading Christian thinker and teacher.
In 'Taking God Seriously', best-selling author J. I. Packer, one of the most influential evangelicals of our day, has put together what may become a Christian classic on the vital truths of the faith. Serving to nourish the church worldwide, Packer makes accessible the things we need to know in eight essential areas. This concise book also helps us guard against liberalism by pushing Christians to know their faith so they can explain it to inquirers and sustain it against sceptics.
|Author / Artist||J I Packer|
|Publisher||IVP (February 2013)|
|Number of Pages||160|
|Page last updated||8th March 2018|