Jesus Christ promised a unity for his church. Are there now clear evidences of that within evangelicalism? Or are evangelicals fragmenting into ever smaller divisions?
Renowned theologians J. I. Packer and Thomas C. Oden make the case that there is a significant theological consensus holding the evangelical church together. With copious citations from statements produced since 1950 that are widely representative of international evangelical faith, Packer and Oden let these witnesses speak for themselves.
Packer and Oden survey several key documents of evangelicalism, particularly the Lausanne Covenant (1974), the Manila Manifesto (1989), The Gospel of Jesus Christ: An Evangelical Celebration (1999) and The Amsterdam Declaration (2000). Charting sixteen different theological themes, they also include references to numerous documents produced by evangelical theological seminaries and societies, mission agencies, parachurch organizations and assorted special convocations.
More than informational, One Faith arises out of the hope that it may not only edify the evangelical church but also provide a potential foundation for a new ecumenism that gives glory to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the good news of his gospel.
1 The Good News: The Heart of the Gospel
2 The Bible: The Authority of Holy Scripture
3 The One True God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
4 Human Life Under God: Creation Fallen into Sin
5 Jesus Christ: His Person and Work--a Summary
6 Christ's Reconciling Work on the Cross: His Substitution for Our Sin
7 The Exalted Lord: His Resurrection, Ascension and Session
8 Justification by Grace Through Faith: The Acquittal
9 The Meaning of Salvation: God Saves Sinners
10 The Sending of the Holy Spirit: Uniting the Faithful to Christ
11 The Holy Life: Sanctifying Grace
12 Unity in the Truth of the Gospel: The Unity of All Believers
13 The Church: The People of God
14 Religious Pluralism and the Uniqueness of Christ: Salvation in Christ Alone
15 Christian Social Responsibility: The Integration of Words and Deeds
16 The Future: The Last Things
Appendix A: Lausanne Covenant, 1974
Appendix B: The Gospel of Jesus Christ: An Evangelical Celebration, 1999
Appendix C: The Amsterdam Declaration, 2000: A Charter for Evangelism in the 21st Century
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