Great Books in Christian Discipleship I: Theological Topics

Syllabus with Expanded Recommended Bibliography 

Revelation and the Knowledge of God
The God Who Is There by Francis Schaeffer

  • Section 1, Chapter 1 "The Gulf Is Fixed"
  • Section 3, Chapt. 5 "How Do We Know It Is True?"
  • Section 4, Chapter 2 "Finding the Point of Tension
  • Section 4, Chapter 2 "From the Point of Tension To The Gospel"


The Doctrine of Scripture and Covenantal Hermeneutics
The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible by B.B. Warfield

  • Chapter 1 "The Biblical Idea Of Revelation"
  • Chapter 3 "The Biblical Idea of Inspiration"


The Doctrine of God
Knowing God by J.I. Packer

  • Chapters 2, 4, 7, 8, 9


Creation, Anthropology, and the Fall
Designed For Dignity by Richard Pratt


Christology/Soteriology with Perseverance and Assurance
"Preface" Commentary on Romans by Martin Luther (available as a free ebook)


Perspectives on Pentecost by Richard Gaffin


Justification and Works
The Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin


Ecclesiology: The Missionary Church in Today's Emergent Context
The Church of Christ by James Bannerman


Life After Death and Eschatology
Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright