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Overview Today, too many Christians are followers of novelty, religious fads, and strange new doctrines unheard of in the history of the church. On the contrary, to be a Christian is to join the great "cloud of witnesses" (Heb 12:1) through the ages, confessing with the Body of Christ the "faith that was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). This is what Paul called the "good confession" (1 Tim 6:12). This workbook will lead you in a study of what it means to be a Christian from the vantage point of the Bible, the ancient Christian creeds, and the Protestant confessions of the sixteenth century.
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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.97" Width: 6.05" Height: 0.44" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
Publisher Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN 1597528692 ISBN13 9781597528696
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More About Daniel R. Hyde
Rev. Daniel R. Hyde is the pastor of the Oceanside United Reformed Church in Carlsbad/Oceanside, California, a congregation of the United Reformed Churches in North America. A native of Long Beach, California, Rev. Hyde was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church. He was converted to Christ at age 17 in a Foursquare Church and encountered the Reformed faith at an Assemblies of God college, where he earned his bachelor s degree in religion. He earned his master of divinity degree from Westminster Seminary California, where he was mentored by Drs. W. Robert Godfrey, Michael Horton, and R. Scott Clark. He earned his master of theology in Reformation and post-Reformation theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, where his thesis advisors were Drs. Joel R. Beeke and Derek W. H. Thomas. Rev. Hyde has written a number of books, including Jesus Loves the Little Children, The Good Confession, What to Expect in Reformed Worship, God with Us, With Heart and Mouth, and In Living Color. He also has written numerous articles and chapters for books. He lives in Oceanside with his wife and college sweetheart, Karajean, their sons, Cyprian, Caiden, and Daxton, and their dachshund, Xerxes.
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Faith Once Delivered Jun 17, 2008
Pastor Hyde has provided us with an excellent summary of "the faith once delivered." This book is especially useful for church membership/inquirers classes or for those seeking to understand "the basics" of the faith. It is a well-proportioned exposition of the reformed faith with helpful study questions and recommendations for further reading.
Helpful Book Mar 10, 2008
Many churches today fail to prepare people for membership. This failure results in new members who are ignorant of basic biblical doctrines. Rev. Hyde's book encourages Reformed churches to prepare people adequately for membership. His book helps to guide new members through the Belgic Confession hitting the high points of each article. It is carefully done and encourages thoughtful interaction with the Belgic and the Scriptures. I recommend this book to all Reformed churches.
"After the darkness, light." Mar 4, 2008
The Good Confession by Danny R. Hyde
It is sad and perplexing how doctrinal books do not get any light of day. This is not another Joel Osteen critical slander, but I am just giving a comparison based on the number of this site reviews. Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential came out on August 2007 and currently has 471 reviews. And The Good Confession a book many probably have yet to hear about has only 1 review. It is like paying for and eating rubbish from the trash as opposed to eating a hearty and healthy meal that also comes with dessert. This might be a little harsh (and maybe your thinking skewed since I did not factor in book marketing and exposure in America), but I believe it's necessary to say the Christian Christ-less books that sell most today are rubbish. As a professor once said, "We live in the new dark ages." And the so called Christian books that sell seem to reflect these dark ages about what we already know by nature, the law, in the light of no Gospel.
The Good Confession, written by Danny Hyde, pastor of the Oceanside United Reformed Church, brings the light after the darkness: the book teaches the reader the rich and time-tested truths of the classical Christian faith through the ecumenical creeds and Reformed confessions. He starts by explaining the importance and use of the ecumenical creeds and Reformed confessions and then covers their essential Christian doctrines.
Here are the chapter contents:
A "Confessional" Church The Attributes of God Knowing God in His Word The Holy Trinity Creation and Providence The Creation and Fall of Humanity Election The Covenant of Grace Jesus Christ The Death of Christ Justification Sanctification Preservation/Perseverance The Church: Part 1 The Church: Part 2 The Sacraments The Return of Christ and Heaven Understanding and Enjoying Worship
The thing about this book is it is written with brevity, care, and thoughtfulness. Rev. Hyde had written it through years of teaching membership classes; hence, it is dedicated to the Oceanside United Reformed Church. In addition to the clear and thoughtful writing of this book it can be used not only for membership classes, but also adult Sunday school, Bible study, and for personal study. So it acts also as a workbook that interacts with the reader. There are questions throughout the chapters (not just at the very end), which are very helpful for teaching purposes. Here are some of the questions from the third chapter entitled, Knowing God In His Word: What is the purpose of God giving us the Bible? What do we learn of God in special revelation? Can we add to the "canon" of the Old and New Testaments? Is the canon of Scripture, therefore, "open" or "closed?" Do newly inspired words of God from prophets and apostles exist today? Why or why not? What do we mean when we say that the Scriptures are "sufficient?" What implications arise from saying scripture is sufficient for worshipping God?
Make me to know your way, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me. (Ps. 25:2-5)
"After the darkness, light."
Good for All Backgrounds Feb 28, 2008
It doesn't matter whether you've been in the Reformed church your entire life or whether you are brand-new to the Reformed faith. You need to get this book. This book will help you to understand why you believe what you believe. Rev. Hyde looks at such topics as "The Attributes of God," "The Trinity," "Election," "The Church," "Worship," and many more. This is an excellent resource for membership classes, profession of faith classes, or small group Bible studies. Many years ago, John Stott bemoaned what he called "Mindless Christianity." Rev. Hyde has done the Reformed churches an invaluable service by providing this book to combat that very thing.