Beginning with God

Beginning with God

A Basic Introduction to the Christian Faith

Expanded Edition

by James W. Sire

Beginning with God
  • Length: 176 pages
  • Published: July 04, 2017
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4505-7
  • Item Code: 4505
  • Case Quantity: 52

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

James W. Sire (1933–2018) was a widely-respected apologist, author, and lecturer who served for more than thirty years as senior editor at InterVarsity Press. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the seminal apologetics title The Universe Next Door, which was first published in 1976 and has sold over 350,000 copies in five editions and has been translated into eighteen foreign languages.

Born on a ranch on the rim of the Nebraska Sandhills, Sire served as an officer in the Army, a professor of English literature, philosophy, and theology, and a lecturer at over two hundred universities in the U.S., Canada, Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia. He received a PhD in English from the University of Missouri, an MA in English from Washington State University, and a BA in chemistry and English from the University of Nebraska.

Sire's teaching and books often covered the concepts of worldview and Christian apologetics. He focused on the application of worldview thinking to the integration of Christian faith and the academic disciplines, as well as the nature of "signals of transcendence" and their relation to Christian life. His many books include The Universe Next Door, Apologetics Beyond Reason, Beginning with God, 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.

For further information and a complete biography, see the IVP press release: James W. Sire, “A Keystone in the Intellectual Renewal of Evangelicalism,” Dies

BY James W. Sire

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