A clear and accessible discussion of the central theological convictions that underpin the Christian life, providing a useful resource for those seeking clarification and a deeper understanding of Christian doctrine.
Trade Information: LPOD
Available as: Paperback, PDF
Specifications: 229x153mm, 268pp
Published: August 2016
Published: August 2016
In Vital Truth, Nigel Wright brings together the two concerns that have defined his ministry: the formation of healthy congregational life and the considered articulation of Christian convictions. In the belief that these two concerns are intimately related, he sets out the range of Christian convictions in a way intended to be accessible to church members who wish to clarify and deepen their understanding. Vital Truth is rooted in the belief that the resurrection of Christ is the central reality out of which all other Christian convictions emerge. Beginning at this point and in the belief that Christ is present in the community of believers, Wright then explores Christian convictions about God, Christology, creation, salvation, election, evil, eschatology, and witness to the world.
1. The Community of the Risen Lord
2. The God of Jesus Christ: The Personal God
3. The God of Jesus Christ: The Relational God
5. Jesus Christ, Savior of the World
6. Human Dignity and Depravity
7. God's Original Creation
8. God's New Creation
9. God's Spirit in Creation and in Christ
10. God's Spirit in the Church and in Christians
11. God's Gracious Election
12. The Powers of Darkness and Their Defeat
13. Future Hope: The Restoration of All Things
14. Future Hope: Heaven and Hell, Death and Judgment
15. The Way of Jesus Christ
16. The Word of God and the Words of God
17. The Goodness of God and the World's Suffering
18. Humanity's Spiritual Quest
19. The Credibility of Christianity: Advocates and Apologists
20. Communities of Salt and Light
Appendix 1: The Apostles' Creed
Appendix 2: The Nicene Creed
Bibliography and Suggested Further Reading
Introduction » (PDF, 81 KB)
Chapter 1: The Community of the Risen Lord » (PDF, 122 KB)
Chapter 9: God's Spirit in Creation and in Christ » (PDF, 94 KB)
Nigel G. Wright (PhD) is Principal Emeritus of Spurgeon's College London, and a former President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. An ordained minister, his career has been divided equally between serving local churches and teaching theology.
"The experience of a creative theologian, teacher, and pastor are clearly on view in this theologically rich account of the core convictions of the Christian community. Profoundly and imaginatively written, yet eminently accessible, this volume will be a wonderful resource for those who wish to go deeper in their understanding of core Christian doctrines."
Graham Watts, Tutor, Christian Doctrine and Ethics, Spurgeon's College, London
"Nigel has a real gift for exploring profound theological truth in a very readable way. I have found that his books inspire, challenge, and develop my thinking and practice as a Christian leader, and so I am delighted to commend this latest book to you."
Lynn Green, General Secretary, Baptist Union of Great Britain
"In a day when many Christians have a hazy grasp of their faith, Nigel Wright's Vital Truth comes as a timely corrective. Written with commendable clarity, it succinctly and accessibly explores the core convictions of Christianity. It is persuasive, winsome, and readable. Chapters are short enough to be savoured and provide excellent material for small group study. Definitely a book to get hold of."
Brian Harris, Principal, Vose Seminary, Perth, Australia