Beginning with God
IVP Books

Beginning with God

A Basic Introduction to the Christian Faith

by James W. Sire

Beginning with God
  • Length: 176 pages
  • Published: July 2017
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4505-7
  • Item Code: 4505
  • Case Quantity: 56

Christianity begins with God and ends with God. It is a story for all to know and understand.

In this personal and easy-to-read book, James Sire offers a basic introduction to the foundational truths held by Christians at all times and in all places. The chapters are organized around a simple scheme: creation, fall, redemption, new life in Christ, and glorification. In this expanded edition, Sire added a chapter on the person of Jesus.

With study questions for personal or group use, this is the ideal first book for seekers and believers who want to understand the central teachings of the Bible.


1. What's in a Name?
2. Beginning with God
3. A Name for God
4. The God Who Is
5. Man and Woman: The Image of God
6. The Bad News About Human Beings
7. Sin: From the Inside Out
8. God in Search of His People
9. God's Finished Work
10. New Life in Christ
11. A New Lifestyle
12. Jesus the Christ
13. God's Forever Farmily


James W. Sire (PhD, University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at InterVarsity Press, is an active speaker and writer. He has taught English, philosophy, theology, and short courses at many universities and seminaries. He continues to be a frequent guest lecturer in the United States and Europe.

His InterVarsity Press books and Bible studies include The Universe Next Door (a worldviews textbook), Scripture Twisting, Discipleship of the Mind, Chris Chrisman Goes to College, Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?, Habits of the Mind, Naming the Elephant, Learning to Pray Through the Psalms, Why Good Arguments Often Fail, and A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics.

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