Do You Believe?: 12 Historic Doctrines to Change Your Everyday Life
Doctrine―what Christians believe―directly influences how they live. The biblical truths about God, humanity, and the world are not merely about knowing more―they are also about loving God and making sense of this life and the life to come. But what happens when there is disparity between what believers confess and how they live?
In his latest book, Do You Believe?, pastor and best-selling author Paul David Tripp takes a close look at 12 core doctrines and how they engage and transform the human heart and mind. According to Tripp, “true belief is always lived.” To demonstrate, he unpacks each doctrine and presents its relevance for the Christian life. As readers explore topics such as the doctrine of God, the holiness of God, and the doctrine of Scripture, they will be fueled to fall deeper in love with and stand in awe of their Creator and Father―putting the truths of God’s word on display for all the world to see.
“In this important book, Paul Tripp puts his finger on a live nerve in the body of Christ. He addresses the dangerous disconnect that often exists between sound doctrine and sound living. Tripp sounds the needed warning that knowing truth is never an end in itself but only a means to a far greater end. He reminds us that the goal of biblical instruction must be personal transformation. Here is made the inseparable connection between biblical indicatives and practical imperatives. What God has joined together, let no man separate.”
―Steven J. Lawson, President, OnePassion Ministries; Professor of Preaching, The Master’s Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries
“How horrible would it be to hear the charge, ‘You profess to know Christ but deny him by your actions’? The apostle Paul saw it in the Cretans to whom he sent Titus, and no doubt he could spy such gaps, whether tiny or glaring, in all of our lives. I desperately want to close those gaps. Hopefully, you do as well. This is a remarkable resource for doing precisely that, by the grace of God: minding the gaps between what we profess to believe and how we live in tangible, everyday moments. Few in our day can speak so compellingly and accessibly on this topic as Paul Tripp. Let him win you back to the critical importance of what we in Christ believe, and how we who believe then live.”
―David Mathis, Senior Teacher and Executive Editor, desiringGod.org; author, Habits of Grace
“Whenever a fresh article or book by Paul David Tripp is released, I take note. I am an avid follower of his counsel, for no matter how many others might cut me slack―I am, after all, a lifelong quadriplegic―I know Paul David Tripp will insist that I interpret my difficult circumstances, as well as my response to them, solely through the lens of Scripture. Although we rarely cross paths, my friend knows my heart, and how prone I am to wander. It’s why I am especially excited about his new work, Do You Believe? Our life in Christ thrives only when we are rooted in the great doctrines of the faith, and Paul David Tripp does a stellar job of presenting the fundamentals. Whether you already have a grasp on Christian doctrine or are just getting started, this should be your next read!”
―Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
Paul David Tripp (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor, award-winning author, and international conference speaker. He has written numerous books, including the bestseller New Morning Mercies. His nonprofit ministry exists to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. Tripp lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Luella, and they have four grown children.