Jesus expects his followers to have a sound mind; a mind that can discern between truth and error (Hebrews 5:14). Jesus wants us to saturate our minds on sound teaching (2 Tim. 1:13) so we can grow in the truth and live a life of joyful obedience. Reading and reflecting on Scripture is the chief way to develop a sound mind. It is truth that purifies us (John 17:17) and renews us (Romans 12:2). A secondary means of developing a sound mind is through the reading of theological resources. These resources are not Scripture but are materials that convey teaching about Scriptural truths in a clear and coherent fashion.
Here are four examples that I shared in a recent sermon:
- The Articles of Faith. This resource is the statement of faith of the Bible Fellowship Church, the denomination of which I have the privilege of ministering under.
- The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New. Written by Marty Machowski, this book, while written for children, will serve as a great introduction to Christian Theology for the person who is just starting to put his or her toes in the pool of theology.
- Visual Theology Authors Tim Challies and Josh Byers produced a visual portrayal of truth that presents the concepts and the principles of systematic theology in a fresh, beautiful, and transformative way.
- Essential Truths of the Christian Faith I cut my theological teeth on this book as a young adult. R.C. Sproul did a masterful job of clearly expressing the essential truths of the faith in a clear and concise fashion.
Where do you want to start? If you are unsure, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help you get started on your journey to developing a sound mind.