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Systematic Theology

An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine
Wayne A. Grudem
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The Christian church has a long tradition of systematic theology, that is, of studying biblical teaching on centrally important doctrines such as the Word of God, redemption, and Jesus Christ. Wayne Grudem's bestselling Systematic Theology has several distinctive features:

  • A strong emphasis on the scriptural basis for each doctrine
  • Clear writing, with technical terms kept to a minimum
  • A contemporary approach, treating subjects of special interest to the church today
  • A friendly tone, appealing to the emotions and the spirit as well as the intellect
  • Frequent application to life
  • Resources for worship within each chapter

Bibliographies in each chapter that cross-reference subjects to a wide range of other systematic theologies.

About the Author

Wayne Grudem is research professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix, Arizona. He holds degrees from Harvard (AB), Westminster Theological Seminary (MDiv, DD), and Cambridge (PhD). He is the author of more than a dozen books including the bestselling Systematic Theology.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Systematic Theology

Part 1: The Doctrine of the Word of God

Part 2: The Doctrine of God

Part 3: The Doctrine of Humanity

Part 4: The Doctrines of Christ and the Holy Spirit

Part 5: The Doctrine of the Application of Redemption

Part 6: The Doctrine of the Church

Part 7: The Doctrine of the Future

Appendix 1: Historic Confessions of Faith

Appendix 2: Scripture Memory Passages from the NIV and NASB

Appendix 3: Contemporary Worship Songs Classified by Chapter

Appendix 4: Annotated Bibliography of Evangelical Systematic Theologies

Appendix 5: Master List of Systematic Theologies Indexed at the End of Each Chapter

Appendix 6: The Monogenes controversy: “Only” or “Only Begotten”?



'“As a theology professor at Biola University where our students have to take three semesters of Christian doctrine I feel like I co-teach all my classes with Wayne Grudem. His Systematic Theology provides the core theology content for all my classes and most of the other undergraduate theology courses at the University. It excels in its clarity, readability, and biblically based approach that seeks to get theology into real life. Systematic Theology consistently accomplishes its obvious goal throughout---to lead the reader to greater knowledge and worship of the God of the Bible.' Talbot School of Theology of Biola University -- K. Erik Thoennes

“Our college has chosen this work as a standard textbook for all theology students over the last 10 years. No other theology text combines readability, range of views, and the ever-essential quality of reinforcing our systematic theologies with scripture… Each chapter closes with application questions, special terms, additional bibliography, a cross-section of other systematic texts with page numbers, a passage for memory, and a hymn…all centered on the theology of that chapter. A treasure chest of theological resource and relevance---and that’s only the end of each chapter!” Toccoa Falls College -- W. Brian Shelton

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  • Chapter 1 - Introduction to Systematic Theology
  • Chapter 2 - The Word of God
  • Chapter 3 - The Canon of Scripture
  • Chapter 4 - The Four Characteristics of Scripture: (1) Authority
  • Chapter 5 - The Inerrancy of Scripture
  • Chapter 6 - The Four Characteristics of Scripture: (2) Clarity
  • Chapter 7 - The Four Characteristics of Scripture: (3) Necessity
  • Chapter 8 - The Four Characteristics of Scripture: (4) Sufficiency
  • Chapter 9 - The Existence of God
  • Chapter 10 - The Knowability of God
  • Chapter 11 - The Character of God: “Incommunicable” Attributes
  • Chapter 12 - The Character of God: “Communicable” Attributes (Part 1)
  • Chapter 13 - The Character of God: “Communicable” Attributes (Part 2)
  • Chapter 14 - God in Three Persons: The Trinity
  • Chapter 15 - Creation
  • Chapter 16 - God’s Providence
  • Chapter 17 - Miracles
  • Chapter 18 - Prayer
  • Chapter 19 - Angels
  • Chapter 20 - Satan and Demons
  • Chapter 21 - The Creation of Man
  • Chapter 22 - Man as Male and Female
  • Chapter 23 - The Essential Nature of Man
  • Chapter 24 - Sin
  • Chapter 25 - The Covenants Between God & Man
  • Chapter 26 - The Person of Christ
  • Chapter 27 - The Atonement
  • Chapter 28 - Resurrection and Ascension
  • Chapter 29 - The Offices of Christ
  • Chapter 30 - The Work of the Holy Spirit
  • Chapter 31 - Common Grace
  • Chapter 32 - Election and Reprobation
  • Chapter 33 - The Gospel Call and Effective Calling
  • Chapter 34 - Regeneration
  • Chapter 35 - Conversion (Faith & Repentance)
  • Chapter 36 - Justification (Right Legal Standing Before God)
  • Chapter 37 - Adoption (Membership in God's Family)
  • Chapter 38 - Sanctification (Growth in Likeness to Christ)
  • Chapter 39 - Baptism and Filling With the Holy Spirit
  • Chapter 40 - The Perseverance of the Saints (Remaining a Christian)
  • Chapter 41 - Death and the Intermediate State
  • Chapter 42 - Glorification (Receiving a Resurrection Body)
  • Chapter 43 - Union with Christ
  • Chapter 44 - The Church: Its Nature, Its Marks, and Its Purposes
  • Chapter 45 - The Purity and Unity of the Church
  • Chapter 46 - The Power of the Church
  • Chapter 47 - Church Government
  • Chapter 48 - Means of Grace Within the Church
  • Chapter 49 - Baptism
  • Chapter 50 - The Lord's Supper
  • Chapter 51 - Worship
  • Chapter 52 - Gifts of the Holy Spirit (1): General Questions
  • Chapter 53 - Gifts of the Holy Spirit (2): Specific Gifts
  • Chapter 54 - The Return of Christ: When and How?
  • Chapter 55 - The Millenium
  • Chapter 56 - The Final Judgment and Eternal Punishment
  • Chapter 57 - The New Heavens and New Earth
  • Product Details
  • Page Count: 1,296
  • Format: Hardcover, Printed
  • ISBN: 9780310286707
  • Release: January 3, 1995
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