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Concise Theology


by J. I. Packer

A theological compass for Christians today, Concise Theology by J. I. Packer is a guide to doctrine that is clear, simple and direct.

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  • J. I. Packer's wisdom is distilled into the concise survey of doctrine and theology

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A Concise Introduction to Biblical Doctrine

"Theology is for doxology and devotion—that is,

the praise of God and the practice of godliness.” —From the Preface

Theology is important for the Christian life. And though it is marked by many complex terms and doctrines, there is yet what J. I. Packer calls “the permanent essentials of Christianity.” This concise introduction to these essential doctrines distills theological truths so both scholar and layperson alike can grow to treasure the unchanging pillars of the Christian faith.

Each of the ninety-four chapters explores a different doctrine in a way that is easy to understand and rooted in historic Reformed teaching. As you learn more about the foundational teachings of the faith, you will grow in the knowledge of God and will worship him as your Creator, Redeemer, and sovereign Lord.

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Part 1: God Revealed as Creator

Chapter 1: Revelation: Scripture Is the Word of God

Chapter 2: Interpretation: Christians Can Understand the Word of God

Chapter 3: General Revelation: God’s Reality Is Known to All

Chapter 4: Guilt: The Effect of General Revelation

Chapter 5: Inward Witness: Scripture Is Authenticated by the Holy Spirit

Chapter 6: Authority: God Governs His People through Scripture

Chapter 7: Knowledge: True Knowledge of God Comes through Faith

Chapter 8: Creation: God Is the Creator

Chapter 9: Self-Disclosure: This Is My Name

Chapter 10: Self-Existence: God Has Always Been

Chapter 11: Transcendence: God’s Nature Is Spiritual

Chapter 12: Omniscience: God Sees and Knows

Chapter 13: Sovereignty: God Reigns

Chapter 14: Almightiness: God Is Omnipresent and Omnipotent

Chapter 15: Predestination: God Has a Purpose

Chapter 16: Trinity: God Is One and Three

Chapter 17: Holiness: God Is Light

Chapter 18: Goodness: God Is Love

Chapter 19: Wisdom: God’s Twofold Will Is One

Chapter 20: Mystery: God Is Surpassingly Great

Chapter 21: Providence: God Governs This World

Chapter 22: Miracles: God Shows His Presence and Power

Chapter 23: Glory: God’s Glory-Showing Requires Glory-Giving

Chapter 24: Idolatry: God Demands Total Allegiance

Chapter 25: Angels: God Employs Supernatural Agents

Chapter 26: Demons: God Has Supernatural Opponents

Chapter 27: Satan: Fallen Angels Have a Leader

Chapter 28: Humanness: God Made Human Beings in His Image

Chapter 29: Humankind: Humans Are Body and Soul, in Two Genders

Part 2: God Revealed as Redeemer

Chapter 30: The Fall: The First Human Couple Sinned

Chapter 31: Original Sin: Depravity Infects Everyone

Chapter 32: Inability: Fallen Human Beings Are Both Free and Enslaved

Chapter 33: Covenant: God Takes Sinful Humans into a Covenant of Grace

Chapter 34: Law: God Legislates, and Demands Obedience

Chapter 35: Law in Action: God’s Moral Law Has Three Purposes

Chapter 36: Conscience: God Teaches and Cleanses the Heart

Chapter 37: Worship: God Gives a Liturgical Pattern

Chapter 38: Prophets: God Sent Messengers to Declare His Will

Chapter 39: Incarnation: God Sent His Son to Save Us

Chapter 40: Two Natures: Jesus Christ Is Fully Human

Chapter 41: Virgin Birth: Jesus Christ Was Born by Miracle

Chapter 42: Teacher: Jesus Christ Proclaimed God’s Kingdom and Family

Chapter 43: Sinlessness: Jesus Christ Was Entirely Free from Sin

Chapter 44: Obedience: Jesus Christ Fulfilled His Father’s Redemptive Will

Chapter 45: Vocation: Jesus Christ’s Mission Was Revealed at His Baptism

Chapter 46: Transfiguration: How Jesus Christ’s Glory Was Revealed

Chapter 47: Resurrection: Jesus Christ Was Raised from the Dead

Chapter 48: Ascension: Jesus Christ Was Taken Up into Heaven

Chapter 49: Session: Jesus Reigns in Heaven

Chapter 50: Mediation: Jesus Christ Is the Mediator between God and Man

Chapter 51: Sacrifice: Jesus Christ Made Atonement for Sin

Chapter 52: Definite Redemption: Jesus Christ Died for God’s Elect

Part 3: God Revealed as Lord of Grace

Chapter 53: Paraclete: The Holy Spirit Ministers to Believers

Chapter 54: Salvation: Jesus Rescues His People from Sin

Chapter 55: Election: God Chooses His Own

Chapter 56: Effectual Calling: God Draws His People to Himself

Chapter 57: Illumination: The Holy Spirit Gives Spiritual Understanding

Chapter 58: Regeneration: The Christian Is Born Again

Chapter 59: Works: Good Works Are an Expression of Faith

Chapter 60: Repentance: A Christian Changes Radically

Chapter 61: Justification: Salvation Is by Grace through Faith

Chapter 62: Adoption: God Makes His People His Children

Chapter 63: Sanctification: The Christian Grows in Grace

Chapter 64: Liberty: Salvation Brings Freedom

Chapter 65: Legalism: Working for God’s Favor Forfeits It

Chapter 66: Antinomianism: We Are Not Set Free to Sin

Chapter 67: Love: Loving Is Basic to Christian Behavior

Chapter 68: Hope: Hoping Is Basic to the Christian Outlook

Chapter 69: Enterprise: A Christian Lives to Please God

Chapter 70: Prayer: Christians Practice Fellowship with God

Chapter 71: Oaths and Vows: Christians Must Be Truthful

Chapter 72: The Kingdom of God: Christians Must Manifest Kingdom Life

Chapter 73: Apostles: Jesus’s Representatives Exercised His Authority

Chapter 74: Church: God Plants His People in a New Community

Chapter 75: Word and Sacrament: How a Genuine Church Is Identified

Chapter 76: Elders: Pastors Must Care for the Church

Chapter 77: Sacraments: Christ Instituted Two Seals of God’s Covenant

Chapter 78: Baptism: This Rite Exhibits Union with Christ

Chapter 79: The Lord’s Supper: This Rite Exhibits Communion with Christ

Chapter 80: Discipline: The Church Must Uphold Christian Standards

Chapter 81: Mission: Christ Sends the Church into the World

Chapter 82: Spiritual Gifts: The Holy Spirit Equips the Church

Chapter 83: Marriage: Matrimony Is Meant to Be a Permanent Covenant Relationship

Chapter 84: The Family: The Christian Household Is a Spiritual Unit

Chapter 85: The World: Christians Are in Society to Serve and Transform It

Chapter 86: The State: Christians Must Respect Civil Government

Part 4: God Revealed as Lord of Destiny

Chapter 87: Perseverance: God Keeps His People Safe

Chapter 88: Unpardonable Sin: Only Impenitence Cannot Be Forgiven

Chapter 89: Mortality: Christians Need Not Fear Death

Chapter 90: Second Coming: Jesus Christ Will Return to the Earth in Glory

Chapter 91: General Resurrection: The Dead in Christ Will Rise in Glory

Chapter 92: Judgment Seat: God Will Judge All Mankind

Chapter 93: Hell: The Wicked Will Be Banished into Endless Misery

Chapter 94: Heaven: God Will Welcome His People into Everlasting Joy

General Index

Scripture Index

J. I. Packer (1926–2020) served as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He authored numerous books, including the classic best seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible


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    August 2020

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  • Author/Creator: J. I. Packer

  • ISBN: 9781433569548

  • Publisher: Crossway

  • Release Date: August 2020

  • Weight: 482g

  • Dimensions: 138 x 219 x 28 mm

  • Eden Code: 5171614

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