A Summary of the Christian Faith by Henry Eyster Jacobs

A Summary of the Christian Faith by Henry Eyster Jacobs

Here is a one volume summary of Christian doctrine, supported by succinct arguments drawn from protestant Confessions and the writings of Martin Luther.

Table of Contents

Main Sections of the Book

In 41 chapters Dr. Jacobs uses a question and answer format to thoroughly cover all the essentials of the Christian faith. Subjects include:

  • The Being And Attributes Of God
  • The Trinity
  • Creation
  • Providence
  • Of Angels
  • Man As Created
  • Sin
  • The Grace Of God Towards Fallen Men
  • The Preparation Of Redemption
  • The Person Of Christ
  • The States of Christ
  • The Offices Of Christ, Christ As Prophet
  • Christ As Priest
  • Christ As King
  • The Mission Of The Holy Ghost
  • Faith in Christ
  • Justification
  • The Gospel Call
  • Illumination
  • Regeneration
  • The Mystical Union
  • Renovation Or Sanctification
  • The Word As The Means Of Grace
  • The Law And The Gospel
  • The Sacraments
  • Of Holy Baptism
  • Of The Holy Supper
  • The Church
  • The Ministry
  • The Church’s Confessions
  • Church Discipline
  • The Christian Family
  • The State
  • Life After Death
  • The Resurrection Of The Body
  • The Return Of Christ
  • The General Judgment
  • Eternal Death
  • Eternal Life
  • The Divine Purpose As Interpreted By Its Contents And Results

He also includes two essays on the subject of election and predestination. The second, Luther on Speculations Concerning Predestination, is particularly useful.

Every reader of Luther’s writings knows the references he repeatedly makes to the aid afforded him by Staupitz when he was tormented by abstract speculations concerning Predestination. “Begin with the wounds of Christ,” said Staupitz; “then all arguing concerning Predestination will come to an end… . But when men follow their own thoughts, the Laudate [praise] ceases and the Blasphemate [blasphemy] begins.”

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