What a healthy thing it is indeed for a church to search the Scriptures together for an answer to a doctrinal conundrum! My goal for our church's discussion of this issue is a heightened awareness of Scriptural authority. I want us all to learn the most important lesson of: "If the Bible says it, then that's the way we do it."
As for me, I hope I am not arrogant enough to think that my current position must be absolutely right just because I have a couple of degrees in theology. To be honest, I am keeping an open mind. I want to let the Bible speak to me just as much as to everyone else.
With that being said, I am embarking on a study of the issue with the use of several good books. I will be chronicling my discoveries here, for no better reason than it will be an easy way for me to keep all my findings in one place. I also hope that some of my church members will travel with me in this endeavor and that some blog readers from outside of our church will offer us some helpful advice along the way.
The books that I'll mainly be using are:
- Believer's Baptism, Schreiner & Wright, eds.
- Systematic Theology, Robert Duncan Culver.
- Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem.
- Christian Theology, Millard Erickson.
- Baptist Confessions of Faith, William L. Lumpkin.
Each title is linked to its respective page on Amazon.com. Please feel free to suggest other resources.