Written for seminary students, pastors and lay people, Practical Systematic Theology explores the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith in twenty-one chapters, critiquing denominational views historically and biblically against the doctrine of the Early Church. In evaluating the truth of any doctrine, the author challenges his readers to the following standard: If we believe that Scripture is 'God-breathed', and there is any verse or passage of the Bible, correctly interpreted within its context that contradicts us, we have got it wrong!
This was the standard applied by Early Church theologians in the first centuries of Christian witness. Consequently, the divisions, disunity and extremes which are so prevalent today were completely absent. Are we willing to apply such a standard to ourselves? If our theology does not lead us to desire to live our lives in the shadow of the cross, if it is not Christ-centered, if it does not inspire us to fulfill the Greatest Commandment in love, worship and adoration of the Triune God and love towards our neighbors, then it serves no eternal purpose and is no more than an intellectual exercise.
Practical Systematic Theology contains chapters not often found in such books, including the pre-eminence of love, an apologetic critique of world religions, cults and denominational extremes, and practical guidelines for preaching, teaching and biblical study. It is an essential resource for academic students and equipping Christian leaders for service.