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Insightful, accessible, plain-spoken....and just a little feisty. In this sweeping look at the Christian faith, Dr. George Koch lays out the foundation of what we believe and why we believe it. This in-depth exploration of topics important to every Christian—salvation, sanctification, prayer, loving God, baptism, heresy, communion, worship, and more—contains something for both the veteran theologian and the new believer. From connecting the covenants of Abraham, Moses, and Christ to exploring what life in Christ truly means, What We Believe and Why offers a solid foundation for the Christian faith, accessible to all readers.
The journey of this book is a challenging one, but can help Christians learn to refocus on the love of God, neighbor, and enemy that Jesus taught, rather than differences over our finite concepts about God and the Church. The true purpose of the Christian life is not merely to know more about God, but to know God more.
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What We Believe and Why not only lays out basic theology, necessary for every Christian to know and understand, but also reflects deep scholarship as it dives into some of the trickier doctrinal issues and helps readers navigate how to respond to the multitude of different denominational beliefs present in the world today.
"A powerful message of hope for unity and reconciliation within the Body of Christ"
Whether you’re an individual, a small group leader, or a pastor looking for something new to share with his or her congregation, What We Believe and Why can serve as an invaluable resource. This work will help separate the essentials of the faith from the non-essentials, giving readers a greater understanding of the rich history of the Christian Church, the essentials of the Christian faith, and how to defend those essentials. It also lays out the wide variety of Christian beliefs that exist, giving the reader a better understanding of the diversity within the Church and of their fellow Christians worldwide.
Finally, the book delivers a powerful message of hope for unity and reconciliation within the Body of Christ—something that all believers, young and old, need to hear and understand. Dr. Koch examines how competing religious concepts arose in the Church, and how these are often used—against the explicit commands of Jesus—to drive apart believers. He sets forth several biblical steps that opposing Christian groups and individuals can take to reconcile, allowing the Spirit of God to enter into our theological debates. In this process, Dr. Koch advocates for giving up our love of religious concepts and falling in love with God (and His people!) once again.
"What We Believe And Why is more than a solid handbook dealing with the basic doctrinal truths foundational to sound, evangelical theology: it is, at once, profound and unique...I heartily commend this book...It is, indeed, a teaching source of timeless truth much needed in these changing times."
Jack W. Hayford
Chancellor, The King's University
"I read one or two books a week, and for me What We Believe and Why has become my breakthrough book of the year! The Holy Spirit spoke powerfully to me through its pages...George Koch writes in such a way that not only his fellow theologians can understand, but also plumbers, bus drivers and even individuals like me."
Dr. David R. Mains
Director, Mainstay Ministries
The following is from an email sent by the author, John H. Armstrong, to a friend (and later forwarded to Byron Arts):
"I have THE book for you...It is called What We Believe and Why...[George Koch] is Anglican, catholic, orthodox, evangelical, insightful, helpful, readable, etc. In fact, the book is a primer that ordinary folks can read...Honestly, I've not seen a book like it a...If I were pastoring this is what I would use, hands down."
"Here, we are shown 'how to reconcile, respect, and protect each other as believers, even across great divides;' mindset trumps method and faith is deepened; relationship with God is connected, committed, and creative; the essence of theology that is Christian is clear and compelling; and the journey is enjoyable and challenging!"
Dr. Wesley M. Pinkham
Dean of Doctoral Studies, The King's University
"I am not aware of a better book that can be used for new believers or seekers to understand the profound and yet simple truths of the Bible and theology that is so easy to read and track with...It presents the unity that can help Christians understand their connectedness to the Jewish faith and for Jewish people to understand how Christian faith relates to Biblical Jewish faith...I will be using your book as a resource for teaching the basics of theology in our Shabbat School."
Midwest Regional Director, Chosen People Ministries; Congregational Planter, Messianic Congregation of Chicago
"I've been hearing these concepts since boyhood, but it wasn't until I spent 2 hours with this book that I really understood what they meant. I am richer for it."
"I just have to tell you that I am reading the Kindle edition of What We Believe and Why. The section I just finished, on being born into the Kingdom, is just stunning. I cannot thank you enough for writing. I wish I knew you personally, just to tell you face-to-face."
Pastor George is available for speaking engagements. If your church, small group, or seminar is looking for someone to talk about theology, Church history and philosophy, healing, reconciliation, or more, send us an email!
The Reverend Doctor George Byron Koch (pronounced coke) is pastor and teacher at Resurrection Anglican Church in West Chicago, Illinois (USA). He is a former Senior Vice President of Oracle Corporation and author of a best-selling book on database design (Oracle: The Complete Reference). He has published numerous articles in magazines and newspapers, on religion and other subjects, ranging from The Wall Street Journal to Christianity Today.
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