What Christians called “doctrine” usually concerns the central teachings of Christianity. In formal works of theology, such doctrines often are organized in broad categories, such as, the nature of God, the human dilemma, salvation in Christ, the last things, and so forth. The tracts included here touch on some of these very things, but the aim is more broadly to address the kinds of thing that the average Christian should know about and wants to know about. These tracts have been published in book form in Spanish under the title Esto Creemos: Profesamos, Practicamos, Proclamamos, translated by Michelle Sommerville and David Sommerville (Ediciones Crescimiento Cristiano, 2009) and published in Argentina. Here are the original English versions.
What Jews call the Hebrew Bible is what Christians call the Old Testament. The following commentaries on books of the Old Testament have been field tested both in our local congregation as well as in Schools of Bible Studies in various countries in Europe—England, Scotland, Germany, Holland, Norway, Sweden and Hungary. They strike for a balanced approach between being readable to the knowledgeable layperson as well as offering responsible scholarship.
The twenty-seven books of the New Testament are the canon handed down by the early Christians as the inspired Word of God to be read alongside the Old Testament. The following commentaries address each of these books, explaining their meaning and addressing the interpretation of the various gospels, letters and the Apocalypse of John.
Christian theology not only addresses the individual books of the Bible, but also, the aggregate of Christian thought that arises within the contexts of the various books. Teachings such as the Trinity, the way of salvation, the manner in which Christians should live, and so forth, are not to be found in a single biblical book. Rather, they are drawn from many of the Bible’s books. These studies address such broad concerns, some from the Old Testament, some from the New Testament, and some from both.
The Christian faith is an historical faith, which is to say, it interacts with history and culture at many levels. The following studies address such widely diverse subjects as world view, archaeology, postmodernism and Christian history.