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Biblical help for study, personal tools for growth
July 18, 2012
Evan's book is a great study guide for anyone wanting to grow in their knowledge and application of God's Word. The combination of great scholarship and application questions makes this a valuable tool for life change.
This compilation from Dr. Tony Evans is a much needed and long overdue resource. Being over twenty years in the making, "Theology You Can Count On" effectively blends theological depth and practical application which is unfortunately not characteristic of most works in this family. Most Systematics are long on information but they tragically fail to bridge the biblical teaching to the Christian in such a way that will inform their mind and impact their walk. This massive book(almost 1400 pages)is no mere collection of sermons. It is a serious presentation that is a joy to read and is equally easy to understand. Each division of theology is broken up into smaller, digestible chapters with tools for personal application and group discussion. These combine to make "Theology You Can Count On" an excellent choice for personal study, small group, Sunday School, and Bible Institute. This comprehensive resource can even be used in one-on-one discipleship, eliminating the need to purchase multiple smaller books. "Theology You Can Count On" though very full is not by design a scholarly treatise. And as with any theological writing, one may find points of disagreement. It is however throughly evangelical and gives great evidence to Dr. Evans' very high view of Scripture. In conclusion, quoting Dr. Evans: "Theology, when properly understood, ought to be challenging, inspiring, transforming, and even fun." And if these are what you want from your study of God then "Theology You Can Count On" is for you. Now go have fun!
I enjoy Tony Evans' teaching and am challenged by his message. I have read the first hundred or so pages. I have found a couple places where it seems he is taking Scripture out of context but I am not sure. I am completely sure that anything I find disagreeable will not differ from the core of Biblical Christian thought. So far, I thoroughly enjoy this book and will likely keep it until I leave for the Place Jesus is preparing for me.