Modern Christians have often hesitated to embrace the ancient creeds because of our “nothing but the Bible” tradition. In What Christians Ought to Believe Michael Bird opens our eyes to the possibilities of the Apostle’s Creed as a way to explore and understand the basic teachings of the Christian faith.
Bringing together theological commentary, tips for application, and memorable illustrations, What Christians Ought to Believe summarizes the basic tenets of the Christian faith using the Apostle’s Creed as its entryway. After first emphasizing the importance of creeds for the formation of the Christian faith, each chapter, following the Creed’s outline, introduces the Father, the Son, and the Spirit and the Church. An appendix includes the Apostles’ Creed in the original Latin and Greek.
What Christians Ought to Believe is ideally suited for both the classroom and the church setting to teach beginning students and laypersons the basics of what Christians ought to affirm if they are to be called Christians.
|Contributor(s)||Michael F. Bird|
|About the Contributor(s)||Michael F. Bird
Michael F. Bird (PhD, University of Queensland) is lecturer in theology at Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission, The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification, and the New Perspective, Evangelical Theology, Bourgeois Babes, Bossy Wives, and Bobby Haircuts: A moderate Case for Gender Equality in Ministry and editor of The Apostle Paul: Four Views. He is also a co-blogger of the New Testament blog "Euangelion."
|Publish Date||Jul 5, 2016|
- Review by Jordan Wootten
What Christians Ought to Believe by Michael F. Bird was a surprisingly engaging read. If I'm honest, I don't know that I was overly excited about cracking this one open, to my own shame. My expectations were that it would be stale and "scholarly," and while the content was certainly rich and robust, it was the opposite of stale. It was highly enjoyable and incredibly beneficial.
I was mostly unfamiliar with Michael F. Bird prior to reading this work of his. Since having received the book, I've come across his work more and more, which is a good thing. His work ought to be well-known, he is an incredibly gifted writer and, in this work, presents very sound theology. Using the Apostle's Creed, Bird very skillfully and methodically works his way from start to finish, unpacking the most fundamentally essential beliefs of the Christian faith. Additionally, he makes a compelling case for the use of creeds in general, assuming the content of those creeds is in accord with the Scriptures. This is particularly important because of the "no creed but the Bible" push-back that many give nowadays. In a pastoral way, Bird swats away this thought-process by using the Bible itself to defend the use of creeds. His work in defending the creeds and his unpacking of the Apostle's Creed itself, were both a real benefit for me, and enjoyably so.
From the "baby Christian" to the most seasoned, this book will be of benefit to you. I would commend Bird's work to anyone interested in deepening their Christian faith. Go pick it up and dive in. (Posted on 8/1/2016)