Book Review: Essential Truths of the Christian Faith

Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by RC Sproul

This book, written in 1998, was authored by R.C. Sproul. It provides clear and concise descriptions of over 100 key Christian doctrines. Dr. Sproul is a master theologian. However, this book is written in a way that an inexperienced Christian or nonbeliever could follow it.
 
Essential Truths of the Christian Faith spends three or fewer pages describing each of the 100 most intriguing topics in Christian doctrine. Dr. Sproul helps to easily describe the Calvinist or Reformed view point in a way that is comprehendible for all.
 
This work does not go into scholarly discussions about these topics. It is not intended for that. What it does do is provide an introduction or refresher on the issues. If you pick up this book thinking you will find weighty and in-depth arguments, move on. Dr. Sproul has written dozens of other books for that. This book is designed to provide overviews and basic understanding.
 
Don’t get me wrong. Sproul covers some very heavy topics like the Canon of Scripture, the Omnipotence of God, Jesus as Mediator, Predestination, Free Will, the Sabbath, Legalism and so much more. With every topic being no more then three pages, this book is a perfect resource for daily devotionals, Bible studies or family devotionals. In addition each topic concludes with summary statements and supporting Bible passages. There is also a very useful Scripture index at the end.
 
Sproul’s Essential Truths of the Christian Faith is a great work for any new believer or advanced theologian. It is something you will refer back to often.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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