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If there is "nothing new under the sun," perhaps the main task now facing the Western church is not to reinvent or be relevant, but to remember those vintage statements of faith that are part of the great inheritance of believers who have gone before us.
In The Good News We Almost Forgot, well known pastor, theologian and author, Kevin DeYoung explores and remembers the profound beauty, truth, and simplicity with which the 16th century Heidelberg Catechism systematically and carefully outlines the essential doctrines of the Christian faith while also revealing the overarching narrative of the confessing believer, from sin to salvation to deliverance.
Through fifty-two brief chapters, following the fifty-two "Lord's Days" into which the Catechism is structured, DeYoung reflects on what this 16th century statement of faith has shown him, elucidating man's guilt, God's grace, and the believer's gratitude in a warmhearted manner that's simple enough for young believers and deep enough for the more mature.
The Good News We Almost Forgot exposes the elegantly and logically stated doctrine of the Heidelberg Catechism that is at the core of our faith: we are great sinners and Christ is a greater Savior! Come and see how your soul may be grounded in the Gospel, transformed by the redeeming work of Christ, and continue in an ongoing formation after the image of Christ through a gospel summary that DeYoung writes "is glorious, its Christ gracious, its comfort rich, its Spirit strong, its God Sovereign, and its truth timeless."
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
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In The Good News We Almost Forgot, Pastor Kevin DeYoung takes a careful and studious look at the Heidelberg Catechism, penned largely by Zacharias Ursinus and published in the mid-16th Century, and finds that its truths do not need to be recovered as much as they need to be preserved. The truth has not gone away or faded, it is our memory of the truth that corrupts and must be guarded. A catechism is a wonderful tool in this regard.
Taking simple questions and presenting answers in an easily read, understood and memorized format is a simple way to teach doctrinal truth in a systematic way. This is exactly Pastor DeYoungs plan: to utilize the 52-week division of the Catechism in order to present articles of reflection upon the teachings of the catechism.
Originally prepared for DeYoungs congregation, the reader is quickly engaged with the text of the Catechism and Pastor DeYoungs commentary highlights which expand on the simple questions and answers under consideration. The richness of the catechism is only accentuated by the insightful and thought-provoking comments. Readers can readily feel the heartbeat of a pastor for his congregations learning and edification while progressing through the study.
DeYoung succinctly states everything we need to learn is what weve already forgotten. The chief theological task now facing the Western church is not to reinvent or to be relevant but to remember. After reading his treatise on the Heidelberg Catechism, one feels better equipped to remember what really matters.
This book would be helpful for any student of the Bible. It is basic enough for new believers and conveys much depth for the seasoned saint. I recommend it heartily. Pastor Charles L. Eldred, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com