Intermediate Edition Contents

Principal Contents

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Main Headings

In the three largest editions, each chapter is divided into two – as shown below for the Intermediate Edition. It has the following main headings.

Section I: What to Know

Part A. God and Spiritual Powers

  1. God’s Being
    1. Basics
      • God’s Form
      • God’s Glory
      • God’s Personhood
      • God’s Eternity
    2. God’s Pre-Eminence
      • God’s Greatness
      • God’s Power
      • God’s Knowledge and Wisdom
      • God’s ‘Name’
  2. God’s Character
    1. Holy Characteristics
      • Holiness
      • Righteousness
      • Faithfulness
      • Anger
    2. Loving Characteristics
      • Love
      • Mercy
      • Goodness
      • Jealousy
  3. Jesus Christ
    1. General
      • Jesus Christ’s Eternity
      • Jesus Christ’s Pre-Eminence
      • Jesus Christ’s Character
      • Jesus Christ’s ‘Name’
    2. Jesus Christ and God
      • Jesus Christ Is the Son of God (I): General
      • Jesus Christ Is the Son of God (II): Testimony
      • Jesus Christ Is Identified with God
      • Jesus Christ Is Treated like God Is
      • Jesus Christ Acts in Subordination to God
  4. The Holy Spirit
    1. General
      • The Holy Spirit of God
      • The Holy Spirit’s Being
      • The Holy Spirit’s Personhood
    2. God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
      • Mutual Association
      • Mutual Divine Attributes
      • Mutual Divine Roles
  5. Angels, Satan and Demons
    1. Angels
      • Attributes of Angels
      • Angels and God
      • Angels and God’s People
    2. Satan and Demons
      • Satan’s Evilness
      • Satan’s Power
      • Satan’s Work against God’s People
      • Demons

Part B. God and the World: Basics

  1. God’s Creation
    1. General
      • God Made All Things
      • God Maintains Creation
      • How God Made and Maintains Creation
      • Implications of God Being Creator
    2. God’s Creation of People
      • Life and Death
      • The Human Spirit
      • The Uniqueness of People
      • Epilogue: God’s Self-Revelation to People
  2. God’s Sovereignty
    1. God’s Supreme Authority
      • The LORD Is God – the Only God
      • God Reigns Supreme
      • God Defeats His Enemies
      • God Fulfills His Plans
    2. God’s Control over the World
      • God Has Control over Evil
      • God Has Control over Nature
      • God Has Control over the Nations
      • God Has Control over Each Person
  3. God’s Word
    1. General
      • What God’s Word Comprises
      • Characteristics of God’s Word
      • Functions of God’s Word
    2. Key Old Testament Covenants
      • God’s Covenant with Abraham
      • God’s Covenant with Israel and the Law
      • God’s Dealings and Covenant with David
  4. The Problem of Sin
    1. General
      • Sin Is Breaking God’s Law
      • Sin Is against God
      • Sin Is Universal
      • Sin Has Intrinsic Ill Effects
      • Sin Brings God’s Anger and Death
    2. The Law’s Provision for Israel’s Sin
      • Offerings for Atonement for Sinners
      • The Blood of the Offerings
      • The Role of the Priests
  5. God’s Judgment
    1. Basics
      • God Is the Judge of the World
      • Reasons for God’s Judgment
      • God’s Judgment Is Just
    2. The Manifestation of God’s Judgment
      • Means of God’s Judicial Retribution
      • Characteristics of God’s Judicial Retribution
      • The Wicked and God’s Pending Judgment
      • God’s Judgment of Israel – and His Mercy

Part C. God and the World: Jesus Christ

  1. God’s Promised Messiah
    1. The Messiah’s Identity
      • The Promise of a Messiah in OT Scripture
      • Prophecy of the Messiah’s Death for Sins
      • Jesus Is the Promised Messiah
      • Further Testimony to Jesus Being the Messiah
    2. The Messiah’s Purpose and Person
      • Jesus Christ’s Mission from God
      • Jesus Christ’s Humanity
      • Jesus Christ’s Personality
      • Epilogue: God Works through Jesus Christ
  2. Jesus Christ’s Mission
    1. God’s Enablement of Jesus Christ
      • Jesus Christ’s Power from God
      • Jesus Christ’s Knowledge from God
      • Jesus Christ’s Direction from God
    2. Jesus Christ’s Ministry, Death and Resurrection
      • Jesus Christ’s Miracles
      • Jesus Christ’s Teaching
      • Jesus Christ’s Rejection and Death
      • Jesus Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension
  3. Salvation through Jesus Christ
    1. Salvation from Sin
      • Jesus Christ’s Sacrifice for Us
      • Atonement for Sin
      • Redemption from Sin
      • Jesus Christ’s Resurrection and Salvation
    2. Salvation for the World
      • The Savior of the World
      • Life through Jesus Christ
      • Salvation for the Gentiles through Jesus Christ
      • Epilogue: Jesus Christ’s Mission and Israel
  4. The New Order
    1. Jesus Christ and the Law’s Diminished Role
      • Righteousness by Faith and Grace
      • Release from the Law through Jesus Christ
      • The Relevance of the Law
    2. Key Elements of the New Order
      • God’s New Covenant
      • Jesus Christ as High Priest
      • The Kingdom of God
      • Jesus Christ as Lord of All
  5. ‘The Last Things’
    1. Jesus Christ’s Return and the Final Judgment
      • The Timing of Jesus Christ’s Return
      • Jesus Christ’s Return
      • The Final Judgment (I): Its Scope and Outcomes
      • The Final Judgment (II): The Process
      • The Millennium
    2. The Afterlife
      • The New Creation
      • Eternal Life
      • The Heavenly State of God’s People
      • Being with God
      • The Punishment for the Ungodly

Part D. God and His Own People

  1. The Standing of God’s People
    1. Basics
      • Prologue: God Draws People to Himself
      • God’s People Belong to God
      • God’s People Are His Family
      • God’s People Are His Church
    2. Being ‘in’ Jesus Christ
      • God’s People Are ‘in’ Jesus Christ
      • The Significance of Being ‘in’ Jesus Christ
      • God’s People Are One Body ‘in’ Jesus Christ
      • Epilogue: God’s People Relate to God through Christ
  2. Keys to God’s Interaction with His People
    1. Basics
      • God Is Always with His People
      • God Knows His People
      • God Loves and Is Faithful to His People
      • God Shows Grace to His People
    2. God’s Holy Spirit in His People
      • God Gives the Holy Spirit to His People
      • God Works in His People through the Holy Spirit
      • The Holy Spirit Renews God’s People
      • The Holy Spirit Helps God’s People
  3. God’s Transformation of His People
    1. General
      • God Makes His People Spiritually Alive
      • God Makes His People Holy
      • God Teaches His People
      • God Disciplines His People
    2. Spiritual Attributes
      • Love, Faith and Hope
      • Peace
      • Joy
      • Wisdom and Knowledge
  4. God’s Care of His People
    1. God’s Saving of His People
      • God’s Capacity to Save His People
      • God Saves His People – from All Things
      • God Helps His People against Enemies
    2. God’s Preservation of His People
      • God Meets His People’s Needs
      • God Strengthens His People
      • God Protects His People
  5. God’s Plans for His People
    1. General
      • God Has Plans for His People
      • God Fulfills His Plans for His People
      • God Works through His People
      • God Guides His People
    2. God’s Plans for Israel
      • Return to the Land
      • Physical Renewal and Peace
      • Spiritual Renewal
      • A Renewed Relationship with God
      • Glorification

Section II. What to Do

Part E. Relating to God

  1. Being Right with God
    1. Getting Right with God
      • God’s Invitation
      • Repentance
      • Belief in Jesus Christ
      • Reasons for Assurance
    2. Staying Right with God
      • The Need to Obey God
      • The Need for Good Deeds
      • Living Free of the Law and Sin – by the Spirit
      • Epilogue: Living ‘in’ Jesus Christ
  2. Having Faith in God
    1. Faith and Hope
      • What Faith Is
      • What to Have Faith For
      • The Importance of Faith
      • Hope in God
    2. What Not to Do
      • Do Not Lack Faith
      • Do Not Be Afraid (I): Instructions
      • Do Not Be Afraid (II): Reasons
      • Do Not Worry
      • Do Not Trust in Other Things
  3. Loving, Fearing and Obeying God
    1. Loving and Fearing God
      • Love God
      • The Importance of Loving God
      • Fear God
      • Why God Should Be Feared
      • The Importance of Fearing God
    2. Obeying God
      • Obey God
      • How to Obey God
      • Follow Jesus Christ
  4. Connecting with God
    1. Being Close to God
      • Seek God
      • Focus on God
      • Meet with God and Live before Him
      • Know God
    2. Praying to God
      • The Power of Prayer
      • Praying before God
      • Making Requests
      • God’s Response to Requests
  5. Exalting God
    1. Instructions
      • Glorify and Honor God
      • Do Not Dishonor God
      • Praise and Thank God
      • How to Give Praise and Thanks (I): General
      • How to Give Praise and Thanks (II): Rejoicing
    2. Reasons to Exalt God
      • Aspects of God’s Being
      • Aspects of God’s Character
      • What God Does in the World
      • What God Does for His People

Part F. Church Life

  1. Being One Body
    1. General
      • The Church as One Body
      • Be in Unison
      • Be in Fellowship
      • Love Each Other
    2. Caring for the Body
      • Pray for Each Other (I): General
      • Pray for Each Other (II): What to Ask
      • Encourage Each Other
      • Help Each Other
  2. Worshiping God
    1. General
      • Worship God
      • Worshiping before God
      • Worshiping Together
    2. Offerings
      • Reasons to Give to God
      • What to Give to God
      • How to Give to God
      • Righteousness and Making Offerings
  3. Serving God
    1. Preliminary Instructions and Insights
      • Be Prepared to Serve God
      • Be Devoted to God’s Work
      • Reasons to Serve God
      • Being Guided by God
    2. Doing God’s Work
      • Do God’s Work – the Best You Can
      • Do the Work through God
      • The Manner in Which to Serve God
      • Working with Other Believers
      • Spiritual Gifts
  4. Significant Practices
    1. Symbolic Rites
      • Baptism
      • The Lord’s Supper
      • Circumcision: Its Needlessness
    2. Other Significant Practices
      • Confession of Jesus Christ
      • Keeping the Sabbath Holy
      • Fasting
      • The Laying on of Hands
  5. Church Leadership
    1. General
      • Required Characteristics
      • Managing the Church
      • Caring for Church Members
      • Church Members’ Duties to Leaders
    2. Teaching in the Church
      • What to Teach: God’s Word
      • How to Teach
      • False Teachers (I): Their Teaching
      • False Teachers (II): Guarding against Them

Part G. Relating to People

  1. Love
    1. Loving Qualities
      • Love: Insights
      • Love: Commands
      • Mercy
      • Gentleness
    2. Antitheses of Love
      • Selfish Attitudes
      • Ill Feelings
      • Adverse Speech
      • Violent Actions
  2. Justice
    1. Justice in Action
      • Do What Is Just and Right
      • Justice and the Needy (I): Instructions
      • Justice and the Needy (II): Insights
    2. Being True
      • Faithfulness
      • Truthfulness
      • Deceitfulness
      • Dishonest Gain
  3. Wisdom
    1. Being Wise
      • The Precedence of Godly Wisdom
      • Wisdom through God
      • Wisdom through Others
      • Wise Speech
      • Wise Personal Practices
    2. Antitheses of Wisdom and Knowledge
      • Foolishness
      • Notably Foolish Practices
      • Spiritual Ignorance (I): Causes and Results
      • Spiritual Ignorance (II): Knowledge Lacked
  4. Common Relationships
    1. Family Relationships
      • Prologue: Issues regarding Marriage
      • Spouses
      • Parents’ Duties to Children
      • Children’s Duties to Parents
    2. Civil Relationships
      • Citizens’ Duties to Authorities
      • Authorities’ Duties to Citizens
      • Servants and Masters
  5. Spreading the Gospel
    1. Instructions
      • Tell Others the Gospel
      • What Things to Explain
      • How to Spread the Message
      • Supplementary Actions
    2. Insights
      • Insights on the Gospel Message
      • The Need to Spread the Gospel
      • God and the Gospel’s Effectiveness

Part H. Persevering

  1. Standing Firm
    1. General
      • Be Faithful to God
      • Remember God and His Word
      • Hold to the Faith
      • Be Ready for Jesus Christ’s Return
    2. Spiritual Warfare
      • The Existence of Spiritual Warfare
      • Engaging in Spiritual Warfare
      • Counteraction of Demons
      • Ungodly Spiritualistic Practices
  2. Rejecting Sin
    1. Encountering Sin
      • Consequences of Sin for God’s People
      • Addressing Sin (I): Return from Sin to God
      • Addressing Sin (II): Deal with Sin before God
      • God’s Response to Repentance
    2. Avoiding Sin and Being Holy
      • Avoiding Sin
      • Alternatives to Sin
      • Be Holy
  3. Major Pitfalls
    1. Pride
      • Pride in Thought
      • Pride in Action
      • Outcomes of Pride
      • Antithesis of Pride: Humility
    2. Riches and Sex
      • Riches and Godliness
      • Further Warnings about Riches
      • Sexual Sin
      • Prohibited Forms of Sex
      • Epilogue: Be Wary
  4. Hard Times
    1. General
      • Prologue: God’s People Still Have Hard Times
      • Mourn Loss
      • Keep in Mind God and His Word
      • Trust in God
      • Hope in God and Wait for Him
    2. Praying in Hard Times
      • Tell God about Your Problems
      • Ask God for Help
      • Praise and Rejoice in God
      • Epilogue: God Does Respond to Suffering
  5. Persecution
    1. The Persecution of God’s People
      • The Reality of Persecution
      • The Antichrist and the Final Persecution
      • God’s Care of Persecuted Believers
    2. What to Do in Persecution
      • Be Faithful to God and Endure
      • Have Faith in God and Pray
      • Rejoice
      • Blessings for Faithfulness in Persecution