I am thrilled to start on our trek through Institutes of the Christian Religion and grateful for travelling companions on this journey of being discipled by Calvin. The opening salvo of the Institutes of the Christian Religion is something of which we truly could devote the entirety of our lives. Calvin writes, “Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.” That is the wisdom that we will seek to grow in over the course of this year.
I have some fellow road warriors joining me on the journey and they will also be journaling their discoveries right here. If you are interested in reading through Institutes click on the below reading plan to find out more.
Why are we reading through Institutes in 2013:
- Calvin is arguably one of the greatest theologians in Christian history and Institutes of the Christian Religion is one of the most important books written in the last 500 years. It has influenced many a great man of God and many great preachers.
- Because Calvin wrote it not as a dogmatic work but as an aid for the enrichment of the Church. We plan to read it in more of a devotional style rather than an academic approach as one might a systematic theology textbook.
- We want to know God better. Interestingly, Institutes is what inspired J.I. Packer to write “Knowing God”.
- Personally, I want to serve God’s people better by growing in the grace of knowing God more and becoming a better theologian.