Beginning with God: A Basic Introduction to the Christian Faith, By James W. Sire alt

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
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 9096
  • ISBN: 9780830890965

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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


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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 over twenty books, including the seminal apologetics title The Universe Next DoorApologetics Beyond Reason, and Discipleship of the Mind.