Living for God: A Short Introduction to the Christian Faith

By Mark Jones

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Living for God: A Short Introduction to the Christian Faith

By Mark Jones

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What difference should doctrine make on our day-to-day Christian life? This book summarizes Christianity in 5 core truths—the Trinity, the Son of God, the Spirit, the church, and heaven and hell—to show how theology is intended to bring people closer to God. Drawing from writers throughout church history—particularly St. Augustine, Richard Baxter, and C. S. Lewis—this book summarizes the building blocks of “pure Christianity” and how they shape minds, hearts, and actions, so readers can know simply and concisely what it means to live for God.

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Mark Jones

Mark Jones (PhD, Leiden Universiteit) serves as the pastor of Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church (PCA) in British Columbia, Canada. He has authored many books, including Living for God and God Is, and speaks all over the world on Christology and the Christian life. Mark and his wife, Barbara, have four children.

Product Details

Title: Living for God
Subtitle: A Short Introduction to the Christian Faith
Published: February 11, 2020
ISBN-10: 1-4335-6625-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-6625-7
Category: Christian Living
Retail Price: $19.99
Binding: Paperback
Trim: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Page Count: 272

Table of Contents

Introduction: Living for God

Part 1: The Trinity-Oriented Life

1. The Triune God

2. Communion with the Triune God

3. The Majestic Triune God

Part 2: The Christ-Focused Life

4. Person

5. Prophet, Priest, and King

6. Life and Death

7. Exaltation

8. Redemption Applied

Part 3: The Spirit-Energized Life

9. Gift

10. Conviction

11. Holiness 

12. Illumination

Part 4: The Church-Inhabited Life

13. Structure

14. Worship

15. Washed 

16. Fed 

Part 5: The Heaven-Anticipated Life

17. The New Heavens and New Earth 

18. The Place of Outer Darkness

Living to God: A Final Word
General Index
Scripture Index


“Mark Jones’s helpful discussion of these major elements of the Christian faith demonstrates his point, shared with C. S. Lewis, that the best resources for devotion to Christ are found in substantial theological investigation conducted under the authority of Scripture.”
Robert Letham, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Union School of Theology

“If you are to experience vitality and growth in the Christian life, nothing is more important than using a spiritual compass oriented to true north. In this book, Mark Jones puts such a compass in our hands. The Christian faith is about living for God! I wish such a book had been put in my hands when I came to faith in Christ. Here is a book to read and pass on to young believers so that they can use rightly calibrated spiritual compasses from the get-go!”
Conrad Mbewe, Pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia

“Primers like this—a trenchant reminder of the vital matters that lie at the heart of the Christian faith—are ever needful, and especially so in this theologically befuddled generation that is far too often heedless of the value of the past. Highly recommended!”
Michael A. G. Haykin, Chair and Professor of Church History, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Nothing could be more important than getting a right understanding of the Christian faith. Mark Jones’s Living for God elegantly and accurately presents five pillars fundamental to Christianity. Summarizing the Bible’s teaching with key concepts from the Reformed tradition, this book is not too big and not too small. Jones writes with the broad and deep knowledge of a scholar and the care and maturity of an experienced pastor. His book will be useful both as a starting point for the new Christian and as a point to which the mature can return. I look forward to sharing it with friends and family.”
Emily Van Dixhoorn, author, Confessing the Faith Study Guide