24 August 2005

Recommended - Packer's "Knowing God"

Knowing God, by J.I. Packer. Intervarsity Press, 1993.

Christianity is about relationship, specifically a relationship with God because of the saving work of Jesus Christ. Relationship has to do with knowing another, and we can only know God by what He has revealed to us. J.I. Packer, in this “modern classic” first published in 1973, writes from the premise that much of the weakness in the church today is a result of ignorance of both the ways of God and the practice of communion with Him. He writes, “Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life…with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you.” We are to have knowledge of Him. Knowing God is just that—Packer opens up the Scripture and brings the reader face to face with the God of the Bible, with all His attributes and His works. This book is highly recommended. Read it slowly and, then, read it again. Give it to family or a friend. Use the companion Knowing God—Study Guide and make it a small group study. So that you can realize the answer to Christ’s prayer, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3)