Knowing God's Truth: An Introduction to Systematic Theology

By Jon Nielson

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An Accessible Guide to Systematic Theology from Pastor Jon Nielson 

When you consider theology, you may think of confusing, lofty terminology that only concerns scholars and pastors. But in reality, theology is for anyone who wants to better understand God and learn more about the Bible. Theology—the study of God and his word—should be personal, accessible, and worshipful. 

Pastor Jon Nielson has written Knowing God’s Truth, a part of the Theology Basics series, to make systematic theology clear, meaningful, and practical for those looking for a highly accessible guide to studying God. In this introduction, Nielson defines systematic theology as “theological study done in a highly organized, topical way” and covers the 12 basic categories—Scripture, man, sin, church, and more. He also helps readers learn to apply theology in their everyday lives by integrating invitations to pray and meditate on what they’ve learned.

  • Clear Language and Easy-to-Follow Methods: Ideal for new Christians, students, or anyone wanting a highly accessible guide to systematic theology; perfect for individual or group study
  • Application: Each chapter includes “Stop and Pray” breaks, verses to memorize, and key themes to review 
  • Part of the Theology Basics Series: A collection of books and study guides to introduce readers to systematic theology, biblical theology, and how to read the Bible
  • Companion Workbook and Video Series Sold Separately: Invites further interaction with the text and integrate their study with application 

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Jon Nielson

Jon Nielson (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) serves as the senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church of Wheaton in Wheaton, Illinois. He is coeditor of the book Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry and author of the Theology Basics series. He and his wife, Jeanne, have four children.

Product Details

Category: Theology
Format: Printed Caseside
Page Count: 320
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 20.06 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-8288-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-8288-2
ISBN-UPC: 9781433582882
Case Quantity: 24
Published: May 09, 2023

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: What Is Theology?
Chapter 2: The Doctrine of Scripture
Chapter 3: The Doctrine of God
Chapter 4: The Doctrine of Man
Chapter 5: The Doctrine of Sin
Chapter 6: The Doctrine of Jesus Christ
Chapter 7: The Doctrine of Salvation
Chapter 8: The Doctrine of Heaven and Hell
Chapter 9: The Doctrine of the Church
Chapter 10: The Doctrine of Angels and Demons
Chapter 11: The Doctrine of Last Things
Chapter 12: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

General Index
Scripture Index


“This compendium of systematic theology has all the hallmarks of Jon Nielson’s dynamic pastoral ministry: biblical fidelity, theological clarity, and a passion for the practical application of Christian doctrine. Ideal for classrooms and study groups, as well as for personal use, Knowing God’s Truth includes frequent prompts for spiritual practices that will help readers know, love, and celebrate evangelical theology.”
Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College

“There’s a good reason why theology seems off-putting to many. Although it’s the study of God, sometimes it’s presented in a dry and dreary way. But in this book, Jon Nielson treats theology as a prayerful, joyful, sometimes challenging but always stimulating encounter with the self-revealing triune God. Knowing God’s Truth not only informs but transforms.”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author, Core Christianity

“In Knowing God’s Truth, Jon Nielson calls followers of Jesus to stop settling for lackluster, hand-me-down theological opinions. He calls us instead to dive deep into Scripture and to cultivate theological convictions by wrestling with God’s truth. Each chapter guides readers to search the Bible for themselves and systematically apply the biblical truths to real life. Our local congregations would benefit immensely from digesting this resource together.”
Mary Willson Hannah, Director of Women in Ministry, Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis, Tennessee

“Jon Nielson has given us a gift—a clear, well-organized, and practical introduction to systematic theology. Through careful exposition, guided prayer, and practical application, Knowing God’s Truth not only provides the content of each of the major headings of systematic theology, but also leads the reader to deepen his or her fellowship with, and worship of, the God in whom we believe. I praise God for this helpful resource!”
Brian Cosby, Senior Pastor, Wayside Presbyterian Church, Signal Mountain, Tennessee; Adjunct Professor of Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta

“With each page I turn, I find this book landing on another valuable point of doctrine. Jon Nielson says exactly what he needs to say—briefly, clearly, expertly, soundly—and then bounces on to the next equally helpful teaching. Young believers will eat this up and get a hearty meal. Youth leaders should keep a box of copies of this book nearby and hand them out to every student they know. This book is that readable, that theologically sturdy, and that dialed in to the truths our kids need to feed on.”
Jack Klumpenhower, author, Show Them Jesus

"Knowing God’s Truth not only informs but transforms."

Michael Horton

J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California