Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way

Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way
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Packer, J.I.


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Listen to a sermon by J. I Packer entitled Theology is for Everyone. (St. John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church, Vancouver)

Publisher's Description

Recovering an Ancient Practice for Modern Evangelicals Historically, the church's ministry of grounding new believers in the essentials of the faith has been known as catechesis—systematic instruction in faith foundations, including what we believe, how we pray and worship, and how we conduct our lives. For most evangelicals today, however, this very idea is an alien concept.

Packer and Parrett, concerned for the state of the church, seek to inspire a much needed evangelical course correction. This new book makes the case for a recovery of significant catechesis as a nonnegotiable practice, urging evangelical churches to undertake this biblical ministry for the sake of their spiritual health and vitality.

About the Authors

J. I. Packer is Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College and an executive editor for Christianity Today. Best known for his bestselling classic Knowing God, Packer is the author or editor of more than thirty books.

Gary A. Parrett is professor of educational ministries and worship at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the coauthor of The Many Colored Kingdom.

Book Details

240 Pages
Publisher: Baker Book House
Publication Date: February 2010
ISBN 10: 080106838X
ISBN 13: 9780801068386

"Nothing could be more practical than the urgently needed wisdom that Packer and Parrett provide in this book. More than a call to recover a neglected practice, Grounded in the Gospel provides concrete advice to us all for dedicating ourselves anew to rooting the next generation in the great truths of the faith."
- Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology, Westminster Seminary California

"On his eightieth birthday, Packer said that the greatest challenge for the twenty-first-century church was to re-catechize and disciple believers. These contributions from two of our best Christian thinkers help us to do precisely what Packer said is needed. It will help you to see how to make not just converts but, as Jesus tells us, disciples."
- Chuck Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship

"Having been initially formed by Lutheran catechatical practices, I heartily endorse Packer's and Parrett's efforts to encourage evangelicals to adopt similar procedures for training both young and old in the foundational elements of faith. I want to prod parishes of all denominations to listen to Packer's and Parrett's cries and constructive proposals to better equip new believers. This is an urgently-needed book!"
- Marva J. Dawn, author of Is It a Lost Cause? and Talking the Walk; Teaching Fellow in spiritual theology, Regent College

"At last, a book that tells local churches how to fulfill all of the Great Commission! It's important that we 'go' and that we 'make disciples,' but it's also important that we 'teach' new believers and help them grow in the faith. I highly recommend this book to pastors and church leaders who want to encourage Christian intelligence and maturity in their people."
- Warren W. Wiersbe, author of the BE series

"This book considers one of the 'ancient ways' as vital for the present and future health of the church but emphasizes two critical factors: learning is important; and catechesis is about the holistic development of the whole people of God. Christian learning needs to make a comeback in the church. This book will help."
- Linda Cannell, Academic Dean, North Park Theological Seminary

"J. I. Packer and Gary Parrett offer a diagnosis and prescription to remedy our shallow faith and practice. While the prescription might not be popular in our individualistic, do-it-yourself contemporary church culture, it's precisely the remedy needed to reverse the pandemic of narcissistic spirituality and lethargy plaguing the church."
- Walt Mueller, Center for Parent/Youth Understanding

"Many thoughtful Christian analysts have pinpointed the lack of maturity and of a biblical mindset among the vast majority of Christians as one of the most serious problems today in the church worldwide. Few have presented a concrete remedy for this problem as effectively as J. I. Packer and Gary Parrett have in this book."
- Ajith Fernando, National Director, Youth for Christ Sri Lanka

"Packer and Parrett argue that recovering the practice of catechesis can go a long way toward curing anemic Christianity. The book's biblical grounding and theological structure should go a long way toward encouraging evangelicals to resurrect this ancient church practice."
- Mark Galli, Senior Managing Editor, Christianity Today