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


by Michael F Bird


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 Apostles' 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.

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 Creation Chapter 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 Jesus Chapter 4: Believing in the Spirit and Belonging to the Church *The Holy Spirit *The Church Communion *The Forgiveness of Sins *The Resurrection and Eternal Life Appendix: Apostles' Creed Synopsis

Bio: 
Michael F. Bird is Academic Dean and lecturer in theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission, The Saving Righteousness of God, Evangelical Theology, Romans (Story of God Bible Commentary Series), The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus, and editor of The Apostle Paul: Four Views. He also runs a popular theological studies blog called "Euangelion" and can be followed on twitter @mbird12. 

 ISBN: 9780310520924
 Pub Date: July 05, 2016
 Hardcover
 240 pages