Nourishment from the Word: Select Studies in Reformed Doctrine
Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
This book is for serious Christians following the Biblical encouragement to “be a good servant of Jesus Christ, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of sound doctrine” (1 Tim. 4:6). Dr. Kenneth l. Gentry, Jr. provides a banquet of nourishing entrees too seldom found on the menu of the modern evangelical church, to help hungry believers grow in understanding.
We live in an age of doctrinal confusion and spiritual anemia. The Christian airwaves are dominated by charismatics, Christian bookstores are purveyors of froth and trinkets, and Christian churches are more interested in numbers than in truth. This doctrinal declension is even affecting Reformed churches, once known for doctrinal fidelity. Gary North commented that the reason Presbyterian churches no longer preach doctrine is because the Baptist church across the street has a bigger gymnasium. Sadly, God’s people are “destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6).
This book presents in collected form eight studies published separately as the Biblical Issues Series. In these studies, I touch on eight themes that are significant for the Reformed Christian’s understanding of his doctrinal heritage which is strongly rooted in Biblical truth. I have organized these in two sections: the first dealing with “Church Issues” and the second on “Doctrinal Issues.”
The first section on Church Issues relates to important matters framing some distinctives of the Reformed church itself.
The second section of this book contains four studies on “Doctrinal Issues” that are significant for the modern Reformed church’s selfunderstanding.
Each of these chapters contains material quite important for bracing against the tides of confusion lapping at Christian foundations. I hope that this book will serve not only for your own private study, but for
group Bible studies in your particular church or local community. Paul
writes to Timothy in a way that we would do well to emulate: “In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following” (1 Tim. 4:6).
These studies were originally published in separate booklets comprising the Biblical Issues Series. I would like to thank Jerry Nordskog and Nordskog Publishing, Inc. for combining these studies in one volume. As noted above, Paul urges us to be “constantly nourished on the words of the faith.” Truly Nordskog’s commitment to publishing “meaty, tasty, and easily digestible books” on Christian theology maintains that Pauline concern for nourishment. Nordskog is a welcome endeavor in a publishing market largely confused and confusing.
* The chapter by chapter explanations of content have been omitted to shorten this piece.