5. Study the Gospel
The last part of helping us keep the Gospel at the forefront of our hearts and minds daily, is to grow in our knowledge of the Gospel. If we are to grow in our understanding of the Gospel, we MUST grow in our knowledge of the Gospel. The great thing is that we don't have to go to seminary to do that! I would personally recommend that you be careful and strategic about the resources you use, especially early on, but you don't have to take classes (which aren't bad by the way) to grow in your theology. So where do you begin? Good question!
By the way, if you haven't noticed already, to grow in your knowledge and understanding of the Gospel takes discipline and the work ethic to read and think. At times, you will do better than at other times, but just stick with it. I also recommend reading outside sources to assist you as you desire to grow in your understanding of the Gospel.
Here are my TOP 10 resources (in no particular order): Click here for a bookstore!
- The Gospel for Real Life, Jerry Bridges (easy)
- How People Change, Timothy Lane and Paul David Tripp (intermediate)
- Christians Beliefs, Wayne and Elliot Grudem (easy) *abridged version of the above mentioned Systematic Theology
- Prodigical God, Tim Keller (easy)
- The Cross of Christ, John Stott (technical)
- Redemption Accomplished and Applied, John Murray (technical)
- The Disciplines of Grace, Jerry Bridges (easy)
- Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, John Piper (easy)
- The Great Work of the Gospel, John Ensor (intermediate)
- Death By Love, Mark Driscoll (easy) *read only if you are ready for brutal honesty and being pointed to the Savior at the same time.