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Theology Proper: The Study of God

We hear it everywhere: service, not theology, is the heart of the Christian religion. Pastors, conference speakers, writers, professors, and teachers tell us that if we aren't serving our communities or bringing clean water to African villages we aren't really Christian, we don't understand the faith.

But is that true? Are we really to believe that our profession of faith is best served by fulfilling the physical needs of others, rather than learning about God and teaching what we learn? Or have all these voices been shaped primarily by a culture that doesn't believe in an eternal soul and looks only to temporal needs and desires?

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus summed up His teaching on worry and physical provision by saying, "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." On the surface, it seems that Jesus is telling us not to worry about our physical circumstances, but to focus on knowing God and seeking to serve Him.

The majority of today's chuch leaders, however, have been influenced by postmodernism, so for them these words can't just mean what they mean on the surface—they have to be deconstructed and mined for their deeper significance. Usually they focus on the phrase "kingdom of God" and try to invest it with some kind of extrabiblical meaning.

"Kingdom of God," it is supposed, refers to creation, or the world, or simply to other people (the "brotherhood of man"), so that seeking the kingdom of God is shorthand for looking to fill the needs of others. Never mind that the kingdom of God refers to the people of God, the Church, and that seeking God's kingdom is meant to signify seeking Him.

Our Christian faith is centered entirely on God. The Gospel is that God, who created all things, gave Himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sins; that sin entered the world through our first father, Adam; that Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, lived sinlessly and died perfectly on our behalf; that those who have faith in Him through the Holy Spirit will live forever with Him in the new earth.

Paul expresses this beautifully in 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. Unlike contemporary teachers, however, he reiterates again and again that each aspect of the Gospel transpired in fulfillment of the Scripture, thus establishing God's written Word as the final authority for all our knowledge about Him.

This is a far cry from what we hear today. Instead of God, the center of our faith is ourselves; instead of His work, we focus on our own work; instead of the Bible, our authority is subjective experience and feeling. As a result, those who adhere to this false faith claim that doctrine and knowledge of God are not as important as service to others, or that they aren't important at all.

It is essential that Christians reclaim the centrality of doctrine. We are shaped not by our deeds, but by our understanding; our good deeds flow out of our increased understanding of God's character and work as described in the Bible. We've selected the books in this section for their biblical faithfulness, doctrinal purity, and helpfulness.

The study of the doctrine of God is known as theology proper, and includes the doctrines of God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, and the Trinity. Jesus Christ himself believed the whole Bible to be a testimony to Himself (Luke 24:13-27); if we affirm Christ as Lord, how can we neglect to search for Him throughout the very Word He has given us?

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All Things For Good
by Thomas Watson
from Banner of Truth Trust
in Puritan Writings (Location: C03-03C)
Attributes of God
by Arthur W. Pink
from Baker Books
for Adult
in Theology Proper: The Study of God (Location: C05-01B)
Attributes of God Volume 1
by A. W. Tozer
from Wingspread Publishers
for Adult
in Theology Proper: The Study of God (Location: C05-01B)
Attributes of God Volume 2
by A. W. Tozer
from Wingspread Publishers
for Adult
in Theology Proper: The Study of God (Location: C05-01B)
$10.50
Blood-Bought World
by Toby J. Sumpter
from Canon Press
for 10th-Adult
in Jesus Christ (Location: C05-01C)
$11.20
Bound Only Once
by Doug Wilson, editor
from Canon Press
for Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C01-CHR)
$12.00
Challenge of Jesus
by N. T. Wright
from InterVarsity Press
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C01-CHR)
$12.00
Counted Righteous in Christ
by John Piper
from Crossway Books
in Various Theology (Location: C05-02E)
$9.50 $6.50 (1 in stock)
Died He for Me
by Dr. Mark A. Marinella
from Nordskog Publishing
for Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C01-CHR)
$4.00
Eternal Covenant
by Ralph Smith
from Canon Press
in Covenant Theology (Location: C06-01C)
$8.50 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Experiencing the Trinity
by Darrell W. Johnson
from Regent College
for 9th-Adult
in Trinity (Location: C05-01B)
$10.00
Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die
by John Piper
from Crossway Books
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C01-CHR)
$8.00
Glory of Christ
by R. C. Sproul
from P&R Publishing
in Jesus Christ (Location: C05-01C)
$10.49
Glory of Christ
by John Owen
Abridged from Banner of Truth Trust
for 10th-Adult
in Puritan Writings (Location: C03-03C)
$8.00
God is the Gospel
by John Piper
from Crossway Books
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C01-CHR)
$12.50 $5.00 (1 in stock)
God's Attributes
Gospel for Real Life
by Brad C. Hambrick
from P&R Publishing
for Adult
in Practical Christian Living (Location: C03-02E)
$3.49
Greatness of Christ - CD
Canon Press Audio Series
by Doug Wilson
from Canon Press
in Canon Audio (Location: C01-01B)
$9.75
Grudem's Systematic Theology
by Wayne Grudem
from Zondervan
in Systematic Theology (Location: C05-02A)
$39.50
Hero of Heroes
by Iain Duguid
from P&R Publishing
for 10th-Adult
in Knowing & Loving God (Location: C03-02A)
$6.99
Holiness of God
by R. C. Sproul
2nd edition from Tyndale House
for 9th-Adult
in Theology Proper: The Study of God (Location: C05-01B)
$11.50 $8.00 (1 in stock)
Holy Spirit
by John Owen
Abridged from Banner of Truth Trust
for Adult
in Puritan Writings (Location: C03-03C)
Holy Trinity
by Robert Letham
from P&R Publishing
for Adult
in Trinity (Location: C05-01B)
$17.49
Immanuel
by Michael Card
Billy Graham Special Edition from Thomas Nelson Publishers
for Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C01-CHR)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Knowing God
by J. I. Packer
2nd edition from InterVarsity Press
for 9th-Adult
in Knowing & Loving God (Location: C03-02A)
$15.00
Knowledge of the Holy
by A. W. Tozer
from HarperCollins
in Knowing & Loving God (Location: C03-02A)
$12.00
Life of Christ
by James Stalker
2nd edition from Christian Liberty Press
for 7th-12th grade
in Jesus Christ (Location: C05-01C)
$9.99
Life of Christ
3rd from Positive Action for Christ
for 6th-Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C01-CHR)
$1.00 (1 in stock)
Life of Christ - Answer Key
by Michael McHugh & Edward Shewan
from Christian Liberty Press
for 7th-12th grade
in Jesus Christ (Location: C05-01C)
$3.61
Life of Christ - Tests
by Michael McHugh
from Christian Liberty Press
for 7th-9th grade
in Jesus Christ (Location: C05-01C)
$2.76
On the Incarnation
by Athanasius
from St. Vladimir's
Ancient/Medieval Theology for 11th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: CLT-MED)
$13.60
One and the Many
by R. J. Rushdoony
from Ross House Books
for 11th-Adult
in Philosophy (Location: C08-01B)
$19.50
Paradox and Truth
by Ralph Smith
from Canon Press
in Covenant Theology (Location: C06-01C)
$8.50 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Person of Christ - DVD
by Voddie Baucham
from Vision Forum
for Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C01-CHR)
$10.00
Practice of the Presence of God
by Brother Lawrence
New Abridged from Whitaker House
for 9th-Adult
in Spiritual Disciplines (Location: C07-01A)
$5.09
Sayings of the Fathers
by Joseph H. Hertz
Bilingual from Behrman House
for 11th-Adult
in Ancient Literature (Location: CLT-ANC)
$14.45
Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ
by John Piper
from Crossway Books
for Adult
in Knowing & Loving God (Location: C03-02A)
$8.50 $5.50 (1 in stock)
Simply Jesus
by N. T. Wright
from HarperOne
for Adult
in Jesus Christ (Location: C05-01C)
$24.99 $17.49 (1 in stock)
Sovereignty of God
by Arthur Pink
from Baker Books
for 11th-Adult
in Reformed Theology (Location: C06-01A)
$12.00
Tempted and Tried
by Russell D. Moore
from Crossway Books
for Adult
in Repentance & Avoiding Sin (Location: C03-02B)
$11.99
Trinity and Reality
by Ralph Smith
from Canon Press
for 10th-Adult
in Trinity (Location: C05-01B)
$12.50
Triune Life - CD
2003 Christ Church Ministerial Conference
by Doug Jones, Peter Leithart, Jeff Meyers & Doug Wilson
from Canon Press
in Christ Church Ministerial Conferences (Location: C01-01A)
$26.00
Truths We Confess - Three Volume Boxed Set
by R. C. Sproul
from P&R Publishing
for Adult
in Creeds, Confessions & Catechisms (Location: C05-01E)
$31.20 (1 in stock)
Vintage Jesus
by Gerry Breshears, Mark Driscoll
from Crossway Books
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C01-CHR)
$5.00 (2 in stock)