When you consider theology, you may think of confusing, lofty terminology that only concerns scholars and pastors. But in reality, theology is for anyone who wants to better understand God and learn more about the Bible. Theology—the study of God and his word—should be personal, accessible, and worshipful.
Pastor Jon Nielson has written Knowing God’s Truth, a part of the Theology Basics suite, to make systematic theology clear, meaningful, and practical for those looking for a highly accessible guide to studying God. In this introduction, Nielson defines systematic theology as “theological study done in a highly organized, topical way” and covers the 12 basic categories—Scripture, man, sin, church, and more. He also helps readers learn to apply theology in their everyday lives by integrating invitations to pray and meditate on what they’ve learned.
“This compendium of systematic theology has all the hallmarks of Jon Nielson’s dynamic pastoral ministry: biblical fidelity, theological clarity, and a passion for the practical application of Christian doctrine. Ideal for classrooms and study groups, as well as for personal use, Knowing God’s Truth includes frequent prompts for spiritual practices that will help readers know, love, and celebrate evangelical theology.”
Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College
“There’s a good reason why theology seems off-putting to many. Although it’s the study of God, sometimes it’s presented in a dry and dreary way. But in this book, Jon Nielson treats theology as a prayerful, joyful, sometimes challenging but always stimulating encounter with the self-revealing triune God. Knowing God’s Truth not only informs but transforms.”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
“In Knowing God’s Truth, Jon Nielson calls followers of Jesus to stop settling for lackluster, hand-me-down theological opinions. He calls us instead to dive deep into Scripture and to cultivate theological convictions by wrestling with God’s truth. Each chapter guides readers to search the Bible for themselves and systematically apply the biblical truths to real life. Our local congregations would benefit immensely from digesting this resource together.”
Mary Willson Hannah, Director of Women in Ministry, Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis, Tennessee
“Jon Nielson has given us a gift—a clear, well-organized, and practical introduction to systematic theology. Through careful exposition, guided prayer, and practical application, Knowing God’s Truth not only provides the content of each of the major headings of systematic theology, but also leads the reader to deepen his or her fellowship with, and worship of, the God in whom we believe. I praise God for this helpful resource!”
Brian Cosby, Senior Minister, Wayside Presbyterian Church, Signal Mountain, Tennessee; Adjunct Professor of Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta
About the Author
Jon Nielson (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) serves as the senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Wheaton, Illinois. He is coeditor of the book Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry and author of the Theology Basics suite of products. He and his wife, Jeanne, have four children.