One Faith
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One Faith

The Evangelical Consensus

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by J. I. Packer and Thomas C. Oden

One Faith
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  • Length: 223 pages
  • Published: December 2010
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-1422-0
  • Item Code: 1422
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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.

CONTENTS

Topical Outline
Introduction
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
Conclusion
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
Bibliography and Permissions
Scripture Index

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J. I. Packer is regarded as one of the most influential evangelicals in North America. He is Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and his writings include books such as Knowing God, A Quest for Godliness, Growing in Christ (Crossway) and Rediscovering Holiness. He has preached and lectured widely in Great Britain and North America and served as general editor of the English Standard Version of the Bible published in 2001, and theological editor of the Study Bible version. In 2014, Packer was named Author of the Year by the Association of Logos Bookstores. He is a frequent contributor to and an executive editor of Christianity Today and has written numerous articles published in journals such as Churchman, SouthWestern Journal, Reformation & Revival Journal and Touchstone. He received a BA, MA and PhD from Oxford University.

Thomas C. Oden (1931–2016), was a pioneering theologian and served as the architect and general editor for the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, the first full-scale early Christian commentary on Scripture in the last five hundred years. He was also the general editor of the Ancient Christian Doctrine series and the Ancient Christian devotionals, as well as a consulting editor for the Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity.

Oden’s self-described mission was “to begin to prepare the postmodern Christian community for its third millennium by returning again to the careful study and respectful following of the central tradition of classical Christianity.” A prolific writer and seasoned teacher, Oden also served as the director of the Center for Early African Christianity at Eastern University in Pennsylvania, and was active in the Confessing Movement in America, particularly within the United Methodist Church.

Find out about Tom Oden's work with the Center for Early African Christianity.

Read IVP's press release: Thomas C. Oden, a Dynamic Figure in 20th and 21st Century Christianity, Dies.

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