The study of doctrine has diminished in recent decades, yet it remains crucial to serious Christian believers, let alone theologians. Refreshingly, Jonathan Wilson here defends the study of doctrine as essential to the life of faith and helps readers get started down the right path. Penned by a Christian educator who has led thousands of Bible students and laypeople through the landscape of theology, this volume serves as a tour guide to the subjects, approaches, and terminology found in contemporary theology books. After a brief introduction to the purpose and goals of systematic theology, Wilson clearly and concisely maps out in separate chapters each of the main topics of Christian belief: God, Jesus Christ, creation, humankind, sin, salvation, the church, and the last things. Wilson's Primer for Christian Doctrine will be a valuable resource for Bible classes and individuals or small groups pursuing a deeper knowledge of what the church teaches.