Concise Theology

By J. I. Packer

Concise Theology

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Concise Theology

By J. I. Packer

A compass is a useful tool for reaching a destination—without one it is easy to get lost. When studying theology it is easy to become lost in the complex terms and doctrines; its varying perspectives and thousands of years of material require a compass to navigate—Concise Theology by J. I. Packer is just that for students of theology, as it distills foundational theological concepts into 4 easy categories, inviting readers to learn about God as creator, redeemer, giver of grace, and Lord of destiny. This important resource walks readers through the pillars of the Christian faith and helps them grow in understanding of the unchanging truth about God as presented in the Scriptures.


J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.


Format: Hardcover w/ Jacket
Case Quantity: 10
Page Count: 288
ISBN-10: 1-4335-6954-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-6954-8
Size: 5.5” x 8.5”
Weight: 10.0 ounces
Published: August 04, 2020

Table of Contents


Part 1: God Revealed as Creator
1. Revelation: Scripture Is the Word of God
2. Interpretation: Christians Can Understand the Word of God
3. General Revelation: God’s Reality Is Known to All
4. Guilt: The Effect of General Revelation
5. Inward Witness: Scripture Is Authenticated by the Holy Spirit
6. Authority: God Governs His People through Scripture
7. Knowledge: True Knowledge of God Comes through Faith
8. Creation: God Is the Creator
9. Self-Disclosure: This Is My Name
10. Self-Existence: God Has Always Been
11. Transcendence: God’s Nature Is Spiritual
12. Omniscience: God Sees and Knows
13. Sovereignty: God Reigns
14. Almightiness: God Is Omnipresent and Omnipotent
15. Predestination: God Has a Purpose
16. Trinity: God Is One and Three
17. Holiness: God Is Light
18. Goodness: God Is Love
19. Wisdom: God’s Twofold Will Is One
20. Mystery: God Is Surpassingly Great
21. Providence: God Governs This World
22. Miracles: God Shows His Presence and Power
23. Glory: God’s Glory-Showing Requires Glory-Giving
24. Idolatry: God Demands Total Allegiance
25. Angels: God Employs Supernatural Agents
26. Demons: God Has Supernatural Opponents
27. Satan: Fallen Angels Have a Leader
28. Humanness: God Made Human Beings in His Image
29. Humankind: Humans Are Body and Soul, in Two Genders

Part 2: God Revealed as Redeemer
30. The Fall: The First Human Couple Sinned
31. Original Sin: Depravity Infects Everyone
32. Inability: Fallen Human Beings Are Both Free and Enslaved
33. Covenant: God Takes Sinful Humans into a Covenant of Grace
34. Law: God Legislates, and Demands Obedience
35. Law in Action: God’s Moral Law Has Three Purposes
36. Conscience: God Teaches and Cleanses the Heart
37. Worship: God Gives a Liturgical Pattern
38. Prophets: God Sent Messengers to Declare His Will
39. Incarnation: God Sent His Son to Save Us
40. Two Natures: Jesus Christ Is Fully Human
41. Virgin Birth: Jesus Christ Was Born by Miracle
42. Teacher: Jesus Christ Proclaimed God’s Kingdom and Family
43. Sinlessness: Jesus Christ Was Entirely Free from Sin
44. Obedience: Jesus Christ Fulfilled His Father’s Redemptive Will
45. Vocation: Jesus Christ’s Mission Was Revealed at His Baptism
46. Transfiguration: How Jesus Christ’s Glory Was Revealed
47. Resurrection: Jesus Christ Was Raised from the Dead
48. Ascension: Jesus Christ Was Taken Up into Heaven
49. Session: Jesus Reigns in Heaven
50. Mediation: Jesus Christ Is the Mediator between God and Man
51. Sacrifice: Jesus Christ Made Atonement for Sin
52. Definite Redemption: Jesus Christ Died for God’s Elect

Part 3: God Revealed as Lord of Grace
53. Paraclete: The Holy Spirit Ministers to Believers
54. Salvation: Jesus Rescues His People from Sin
55. Election: God Chooses His Own
56. Effectual Calling: God Draws His People to Himself
57. Illumination: The Holy Spirit Gives Spiritual Understanding
58. Regeneration: The Christian Is Born Again
59. Works: Good Works Are an Expression of Faith
60. Repentance: A Christian Changes Radically
61. Justification: Salvation Is by Grace through Faith
62. Adoption: God Makes His People His Children
63. Sanctification: The Christian Grows in Grace
64. Liberty: Salvation Brings Freedom
65. Legalism: Working for God’s Favor Forfeits It
66. Antinomianism: We Are Not Set Free to Sin
67. Love: Loving Is Basic to Christian Behavior
68. Hope: Hoping Is Basic to the Christian Outlook
69. Enterprise: A Christian Lives to Please God
70. Prayer: Christians Practice Fellowship with God
71. Oaths and Vows: Christians Must Be Truthful
72. The Kingdom of God: Christians Must Manifest Kingdom Life
73. Apostles: Jesus’s Representatives Exercised His Authority
74. Church: God Plants His People in a New Community
75. Word and Sacrament: How a Genuine Church Is Identified
76. Elders: Pastors Must Care for the Church
77. Sacraments: Christ Instituted Two Seals of God’s Covenant
78. Baptism: This Rite Exhibits Union with Christ
79. The Lord’s Supper: This Rite Exhibits Communion with Christ
80. Discipline: The Church Must Uphold Christian Standards
81. Mission: Christ Sends the Church into the World
82. Spiritual Gifts: The Holy Spirit Equips the Church
83. Marriage: Matrimony Is Meant to Be a Permanent Covenant Relationship
84. The Family: The Christian Household Is a Spiritual Unit
85. The World: Christians Are in Society to Serve and Transform It
86. The State: Christians Must Respect Civil Government

Part 4: God Revealed as Lord of Destiny
87. Perseverance: God Keeps His People Safe
88. Unpardonable Sin: Only Impenitence Cannot Be Forgiven
89. Mortality: Christians Need Not Fear Death
90. Second Coming: Jesus Christ Will Return to the Earth in Glory
91. General Resurrection: The Dead in Christ Will Rise in Glory
92. Judgment Seat: God Will Judge All Mankind
93. Hell: The Wicked Will Be Banished into Endless Misery
94. Heaven: God Will Welcome His People into Everlasting Joy

General Index
Scripture Index