Note: This is part 2. Part 1 is accessible here.
Head. This summer you’ll read three theological works.
- Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology. This has quickly become a standard textbook in ST. It’ll take all summer to read it, but you’ll benefit from his survey of scriptural truth.
- John Stott, The Cross of Christ. Few books can be academic and devotional. I read this for a doctrinal-level class in soteriology. Yet at times the enormity of what Jesus accomplished (as described by Stott) simply made me weep. It’s a tremendous book that will grow your knowledge of and affection for the Lord.
- Jonathan Edwards, The End for Which God Created the World, published in John Piper, God’s Passion for His Glory. This “dissertation” is among the most significant from America’s greatest theologian.
Heart. As you read I want you to keep a second-person journal. This is not a notebook in which you track important quotes for future reference. As the name suggests this is a journal in which you record your impressions about God, his word, his world, and your life. And I want you to do this in the second person, that is, write your thoughts as prayers to God about God, his word, etc. You can fulfill this either with a pen-and-paper journal or by using a web-based tool like Evernote.
Hands. I’d like for you to be part of my weekly Application Group, which discusses the coming Sunday’s Scripture text and contemplates application for the message. Furthermore each of you will have an opportunity to teach the summer adult Bible class in July.