Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit (Theologians on the Christian Life)
Anybody that’s ever read anything I’ve written or known me personally for more than five minutes knows that I revere Dr. J.I. Packer.
He provided me with my theological foundations, taught me how to think theologically, and more so, taught me that all my learning was to lead to knowing God and loving Him more.
All theology must lead to doxology…any other outcome is trifling in comparison.
He is my father in the faith.
Fathers, however, must compete with other voices and influences in the lives of their children.
In the last few years I’ve listened to many of those voices, sometimes drinking in their words deeply.
Sometimes this has been to my profit.
In too many other ways, it’s led to a drift from the foundations Packer laid with precision in my life.
In this volume Sam Storms, (a notable theologian in his own right) reintroduced me to the rock solid, Biblical, foundation that is in the works of J.I. Packer.
Storms is wise…instead of trying to explain Packer’s theology, he simply lets Packer speak for himself…because no one has ever been as clear and concise as Dr. Packer.
I am deeply grateful that he chose this way because in reading Packer again I can see my drift and find my anchor.
Storms chooses the best of Packer on the atonement, the authority of scripture, holiness, sanctification, and other cardinal doctrines.
The chapter on scripture is worth the price of the book alone.
If you’re new to the Christian faith, this is an excellent and understandable primer on doctrine and theology.
If you’re a veteran of the faith, Packer will cut through all the current doctrinal smoke and confusion to the heart of biblical truth for you.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough…and I’m going to post some classic Packer over the next few days to celebrate it.