Systematic Theology in Print, Audio, and Video

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Dr. Wayne GrudemSystematic theology is the study that answers the question, “What does the Bible teach us about any given topic?,” according to Dr. Wayne Grudem (@waynegrudem), research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona.

Dr. Grudem was a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, and has written more than 20 books, including Systematic Theology, Second Edition: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (Zondervan, 2020), the most widely used resource in its academic area of the last 25 years. Now in its second edition, all 57 chapters are thoroughly revised and expanded while retaining the features that have made it the standard in its field: clear explanations, an emphasis on each doctrine’s scriptural basis, and practical applications to daily life.

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According to its publisher, Zondervan, part of the brilliance of Systematic Theology over the years has been its simplicity and ease of use. Each chapter follows the same structure. First, there is discussion of the doctrine being considered, such as justification or the Trinity or the deity of Christ. An explanation of that doctrine’s biblical support and possible objections follow. Personal application and key terms to know for personal growth are then provided. Chapters also include a Scripture memory passage, references to other literature on the topic, and suggested hymns and worship songs.

Because of its popularity over the past quarter-century, the release of the second edition also includes its 40-hour unabridged audiobook production, as well as video lessons in the MasterLectures subscription service (watch the introductory video).

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Excerpt from Chapter 2
The focus of our study in systematic theology is God’s Word in written form, that is, the Bible. This is the form of God’s Word that is available for study, for public inspection, for repeated examination, and as a basis for mutual discussion. It tells us about and points us to the Word of God as a person, namely Jesus Christ, whom we do not now have present in bodily form on earth. Thus, we are no longer able to observe and imitate his life and teachings firsthand….

It is most profitable for us to study God’s words as written in the Bible. It is God’s written Word that he commands us to study. The man is “blessed” who “meditates” on God’s law “day and night” (Ps. 1:1-2). God’s words to Joshua are also applicable to us: “This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success” (Josh. 1:8). It is the Word of God in the form of written Scripture that is “God-breathed” and “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16 NIV)….


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Bio: Dr. Wayne Grudem is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona. He is a graduate of Harvard (BA), Westminster Seminary-Philadelphia (MDiv, DD), and the University of Cambridge (PhD). He has served as the president of the Evangelical Theological Society (1999), as a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, and was the general editor for the ESV Study Bible (2008). He has written more than 20 books, including Systematic Theology.

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