For the lifelong believer or beginning warrior for Christ, this book is essential to developing sound bible based doctrine. Don't expect it to be a page turner; this is a Christian training manual and it is loaded with scriptural quotes and concepts. Read it AFTER you have read your bible and it will go a long way to helping you understand the major themes covered in the Scriptures.
This volume has a solid theological background. It is arranged in 52 three-four page chapters perfect for doing a Sunday-night for a year type theology series. Each chapter has then or more discussion questions after it so this book would also be perfect for any type of intro. theology class or discipleship class. Any one who is familiar with Chafer's other voluminous systematic theology work will know what type of theological bent to expect. It is arranged very orderly (see the table of contents) and is great even for Sunday school lessons. If you prefer to use it in a devotional manner it would also be great for that. Overall, a really solid work, what you would expect from Chafer. I think it is slightly over priced (18.99) seeing as it is printed on light, seemingly cheap paper. This is the choice for you if you need a good theology "curriculum" for Church use!
I know of no better book for personal growth, or for group study, particularly in these times. In an era of competing world views and relativistic thinking, it is more essential than ever for the individual Christian and the Church to be firmly grounded in "sound doctrine,"...BIBLICAL doctrine, and the Christian world view, and if they are not, to return to it. This book will be a great aid in both efforts.Only a Biblically grounded Christian and Church will not be swayed by the "winds of doctrine" they encounter, the "clouds without water," and the "man made religions" of today. Only the grounded Christian and Church can they fulfill their Biblical mandate to "contend earnestly for the faith once and for all delivered the saints," and deliver the precious Gospel to this generation, and preserve it for the next.The Lord will bless your efforts.Godspeed.