A Helpful Resource for Lukewarm Believers… or those new to the faith. I Believe: A Concise Guide to the Essentials of the Christian Faith by Thom Rainer, book review.
This book anchors to the Scriptures as the source for foundational beliefs and doctrines. It will be a good handbook for small group Bible study, especially in nondenominational congregations where members seek unity or understanding on their differences. The author acknowledges differences in denominations.
In one chapter Rainer writes, “Some scholars treat the Ascension as its own unique doctrine. Others see it as the continuation and culmination of the Resurrection.” After pointing out the difference,he elaborates with Scripture to explain his point of reference.
Sometimes Ranier calls out beliefs for being unbiblical. Especially in regards to an overemphasis of the Holy Spirit in some churches. I Believe: A Concise Guide to the Essentials of the Christian Faith by Thom Rainer takes the middle ground position in regards to the Holy Spirit. Generally, the author respects differences, such as Revelation interpretation.
The book flows freely in thought and is easy to understand. Key words are defined and explained, such as the differences between atheism, universalism, pluralism, inclusivism, and exclusivism.
Each chapter in I Believe: A Concise Guide to the Essentials of the Christian Faith by Thom Rainer ends with three questions, but these are not personal application or reflection questions. This would be a helpful conversation for small groups. Each chapter could inspire a Sunday sermon, helpful for preachers and pastors.
A very good resource book.
Highly recommend this.
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book via Netgalley.