Ryan is the Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Hickory, NC. He is the host of the "In The Room" podcast, and the author of 8 Hours, Or Less: Writing Faithful Sermons Faster.  

One Good Question w/Pastor Joe Thorn

I am blessed to be surrounded by some amazing friends in ministry. As I have the opportunity, I want to pass along some of the great things I learn from them by asking them to answer one good question for me and then posting their answers here. Last week I had the privilege of hanging out with my good friend, Pastor Joe Thorn. Pastor Joe is lead pastor at Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, IL. He is also the author of Note To Self (which you should read if you haven't) and may be the smartest guy I know. Because of his love for Jesus, his family, church, and theology, I asked him this question:

Why should Christians study theology?

Why should Christians study theology?

How could you not want to study theology after that answer?

If you're uncertain where to start, here are a few suggestions to get you going and to provide some direction for further study:

Systematic Theology

Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christians Should Know by Elliot Grudem and Wayne Grudem

Knowing God by J.I.Packer

Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe by Mark Driscoll

Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith by Wayne Grudem

Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof

Biblical Theology

According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible by Graeme Goldsworthy

New Testament Biblical Theology by G.K. Beale

How Clear Is Your Calling?

The Convicting Comment Of A Four-Year-Old