Theology is for just about every Christian — not just pastors and ministry leaders. It is my belief that, if accompanied by prayer and obedience, the discipline and practice of studying theology will be 1 of the principal indicates of sanctification in your life. But with so numerous books obtainable on the subject— and numerous of them challenging to study — exactly where do you get started?
I’ve got a list for you. This list is by no indicates exhaustive. I’m positive you (or somebody else) could add a handful of much more books or alter some of the books I have chosen and it would nevertheless be worth perusing. I place the quantity “seven” in the title but there are a handful of further books sprinkled in, also. And even though the word “beginners” created the title, these books can advantage any Christian, no matter how far along the road you are.
If you haven’t study substantially theology and you’d like to get started, beneath you can obtain the ideal theology books for novices.
The Finest Theology books for Novices
In no distinct order:
1.The Westminster Confession of Faith
A marvelous operate of theology. I have the version with the bigger and shorter catechisms and Scripture proofs. The sentences in the book are beautifully crafted and have served the church effectively for hundreds of years. Although I take a handful of exceptions (i.e., I do not agree with every thing in it), handful of books are much more enriching than the Confession. The book is each meaty and edifying, two items that do not normally go collectively. (You might want to study it along with Confessing the Faith: A Reader’s Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith).
two. Figuring out Jesus Via the Old Testament by Christopher J.H. Wright
In a day exactly where an escalating quantity of folks query the reliability and necessity of the Old Testament canon, the want for much more fantastic books on the OT currently is crucial. There’s also substantially suspicion toward the OT — even amongst Christians — and it shouldn’t be this way. Confusing at occasions? Yes. But the frequency at which its relevance is questioned is startling.
Wright to the rescue. This book is great — 1 in which he shows how the OT points to Jesus. Keep in mind: the Old Testament is what Jesus study, studied, quoted, and obeyed. If you are tempted to query its use, appear to our Lord’s instance. (Wright’s, The Mission of God’s People today, is great, also).
three. Far as the Curse Is Discovered: The Covenant Story of Redemption by Michael D. Williams
The subtitle of this book provides you a greater understanding of what this book is about (despite the fact that the title is lovely, 1 that borrows from a popular hymn). It is a book about the covenants in the Bible and how they create and relate to other covenants in the Bible, and to the rest of Scripture. The theme of covenant is vital in Scripture and 1 that you would do effectively to grasp.
four. The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink
My preferred dead guys are John Calvin and Charles Spurgeon. But I adore me some Pink, also. I study this book back in, I feel, undergraduate college. Man, did it make me fall in adore with God much more. The much more know-how I have of God, the much more readily I am in a position to adore and obey him. That is 1 of the causes why studying theology is so vital. These days, all the cool little ones are writing books on God’s attributes, but no doubt they have borrowed and are indebted to Pinks’s operate published numerous moons ago.
five. Bible Doctrine: Critical Teachings of the Christian Faith by Wayne Grudem
This is the smaller sized version of his Systematic Theology and the larger version of his Christian Beliefs (which is the initially theological book I ever don’t forget reading, 1 that gave me a deeper thirst for the know-how of God). I adore Grudem. His prose is remarkably clear and engaging, some thing you cannot say for just about every theologian. This book (and the two other people talked about that are comparable to it) have been foundational theological books for numerous Christians, but particularly Reformed Baptists.
(You might want to take into consideration R.C. Sproul’s Everyone’s A Theologian as a substitute. You could also study Sproul’s Critical Truths of the Christian Faith).
six. Figuring out God by J.I. Packer
I think this book began out as a series of essays by Packer. Years later, this book has sold more than a million copies (and counting). I saw a guy on getaway final year reading it as he and his household waited to be seated at a restaurant. “That’s a fantastic book,” I told him. Or some thing like that. I do not don’t forget my precise affirmation, but I wanted to encourage him. I got the sense that he was either a skeptic or a new Christian and my want was for him to study and consume the book in its entirety. That is my want for you, also. I just re-study 4 of the chapters the other day and was reminded once again why this book resonates with so numerous folks. (You might also want to refer to Packer’s Concise Theology).
7. The Understanding of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
I’ll let Randy Alcorn persuade you on this 1. In Alcorn’s words:
I don’t forget getting lunch a couple of years ago with Gerry Breshears, a theology professor at Western Seminary, and Bruce Ware, who teaches theology at Southern Seminary. We had been there with a different pal.
Bruce asked me the query, “Randy, of all books in addition to the Bible itself, what book has had the greatest influence on your life?” And I stated, “That’s simple to answer. Without having a doubt, it is A. W. Tozer’s book The Understanding of the Holy.”
Bruce looked at me and stated, “You’re kidding. That is the book that has had the most significant influence on my life.”
And then Gerry Breshears stated, “I’m not kidding! That is the quantity 1 book for me.”
Could it be your new quantity 1, also?
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