Essential Christian Doctrine // Book Review: Lacey Reads
Essential Christian Doctrine by John MacArthur is such a good resource. I got this book to review from Crossway Books and because of the nature of the situation, it’s a digital copy. I’m so glad because now it’s a searchable addition. I’ve been using this for research for the past few months and I’m enjoying it.
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John MacArthur’s reputation precedes this book. He is educated, popular, and faithful to the word of God. It’s reasonable to see this book and conclude by the title and author that it’s a solid addition to your shelf. This isn’t a book I would pick up and read before bed as it’s more of a systematic book and is therefore more like a textbook. I can honestly say that I would disagree with some conclusions that MacArthur has made about scripture but it’s secondary things. I appreciate that he is a man that has friends that also disagree with him yet they are all still friends. (See Ligonier Roundtables)
What is doctrine? Doctrine is a teaching based on Christian beliefs found in scripture. This book would be beneficial to any Christian library. It will allow you to come to a greater understanding of who God is and what He has said. The importance of knowing and believing sound doctrine continues to be minimized in this world. Without doctrine, we can’t even know what we believe.
Essential Christian Doctrine on your shelf would be a great grab when you need a reference for something that you’re studying. No personal library should only include authors that you totally agree with. The secondary and tertiary issues that you may not agree with John MacArthur on can easily be put to the side as his work is still beneficial to your growth in knowledge and understanding of God’s word.