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Authentic Christianity 101

By Robert Dickie
April 2008 | Review by Matthew Seymour


'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' These words of Jesus, recorded in John chapter 3, verse 16, are perhaps the most well-known in the Bible. But what do they actually teach?

  • Publisher: Evangelical Press
  • ISBN: 978-0852346723
  • Pages: 47
  • Price: £1.13
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Book Review

Although there are many short leaflets available to give to people to encourage interest in the gospel, there are few substantial booklets that can be given to a serious enquirer. Robert Dickie’s booklet is written to fill this gap. This short book is essentially an extended exposition of John 3:16, contending that this verse contains the ‘basic and elementary facts of what one must know and believe in order to be a Christian’.

The booklet is written from a reformed perspective, but with a healthy evangelistic thrust. The content is split into chapters dealing with the fact of God’s existence, the character of God, the gift of God, and God’s promise of eternal life. The final chapter contains the author’s own personal testimony, a sample prayer and some suggestions for beginning as a Christian.

The overall style of the book is lucid with a careful sprinkling of illustrations throughout and it is suitable for most adult readers. This book would be helpful for church visitors as well as friends and family who are showing a serious interest in Christianity.

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