Ryken, Philip Graham
People often ask, "What is a Reformed church?" or "What do you mean by Reformed?" Smallman's booklet will help pastors and churches answer these questions clearly.
While teaching new member classes, Smallman writes, "I got a sense of the kind of issues that are in peoples' minds as they struggle to understand and appreciate the core doctrines and traditions of the church." Here he discusses the Reformed view of Scripture, divine sovereignty, the covenant, the law, the church, and the kingdom.
Basics of the Faith booklets introduce readers to basic Reformed doctrine and practice. On issues of church government and practice they reflect that framework—otherwise they are suitable for all church situations.
Stephen Smallman served for over forty years in pastoral ministry. He is an urban missionary serving with CityNet Ministries and is assistant pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church in Glenside, Pennsylvania.
“An excellent resource for new members’ classes . . . well written. Stephen Smallman’s warmth and pastoral manner come through . . . I am aware of no other resource that covers the same ground.” — Philip Graham Ryken
“Smallman does an admirable job in covering a lot of material without sacrificing accuracy or clarity. His style is easy to read and conversational in tone, yet rich in content. He expresses things in a way that averts stereotypical criticisms of Reformed beliefs.” — Barry Traver