Reading for Christ

26 Oct

Much of the battle to stand firm in the Gospel and live a life of godliness is fought in the mind.  The Bible tells us this in Philippians:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Sadly, if we are not proactive this will never happen.  Especially in our modern world we are constantly bombarded with unhelpful messages and information through every possible source – the radio, the television, the internet, the newspaper, the books we read.  If we do not take positive steps we will think only about what is false, what is wrong, what is ignoble, what is impure.  So how do we fill our mind with better things?

The starting point must always be God’s word.  Daily Bible reading must be our bread and butter as Christians.  If the average Australian spends around three hours each day filling their head with rubbish from the TV how can we not spend even 20 minutes each day filling our head with God’s word.  Sometimes I talk to people about this and they admit that they don’t know how to read their Bible.  Why not come along to a ‘One-to-one Bible reading training?  This short course will teach you how to read the Bible, not just with other people, but also for yourself.

However, another great way to fill our mind with good things is to read Christian books. Again some people don’t know where to start.  For that reason I’ve listed out a few books below on ‘the church’ and on ‘the Cross of Christ’ (our two topics this term at church).  I’ve also marked which ones are really simple and which ones are a little more advanced.  All of the books are easily available at any Christian Bookstore or on the net

THE CHURCH

What is a healthy church? By Mark Dever (simple)

What is a healthy church member? By Thabiti Anyabwile (simple)

THE CROSS

Living the cross centred life. By C.J. Mahaney (simple)

The Cross of Christ. By John Stott (More advanced)

Why not pick one book to read this week and begin the battle to fill your mind with truth rather than the rubbish that flows in 24 hours a day, seven days a week from our world and its media?

Phil Colgan

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