Thursday, July 7, 2016

Book Review: What Christians Ought to Believe by Michael F. Bird

In this time of history, it is more important for the church to know what they believe. When a person becomes a Christian, the first thing the church should do is equip him/her with the basic beliefs of the faith. What is sad many believers don't know what they believe expect what comes out of the pastor's mouth. Don't misunderstand me, you should listen to whoever is preaching but you should also be discerning that he is not preaching false doctrine.

There are many books out there in what Christians should believe and the importance of it. Michael F. Bird has written a book on the beliefs Christians must hold. The book is titled, What Christians Ought to Believe. Bird approaches this book using the Apostle's Creed as a guide to introduce the doctrines of the Christian faith, which is something similar to what R.C. Sproul did in his book, What We Believe.

Bird begins the book by going through the history of creeds in the church followed by why we need the church needs a creed. Creeds are basically statements of our faith. Voddie Baucham said that creeds are easy to remember compared remembering big chucks of scripture. Bird goes on through the rest of the book breaking down the creed and using Biblical truth on why we believe the things that are mentioned in the Apostle's Creed.

The subtitle of the book says this is an introduction of the Christian faith through the Apostle's Creed and that is what this book accomplishes. It gives an introductory to the faith for new believers or skeptics who doubt the validity of the Christian faith. Chapters are not long. Bird does not use a lot of theological jargon, which is nothing wrong with that. This book does have the feel of a textbook, but it is an easy-to-access book for those who want to know more about the Christian faith.

Thanks Booklook Bloggers for letting me review this book.

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