Bruce Ware’s Big Truths for Young Hearts just clocked in at #287 out of every book sold on Amazon.com. That’s outrageous! The numbers are due in part to the book being featured today (and yesterday and tomorrow) on the radio program of Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Reviving Our Hearts. Click here for a transcript of today’s program.
Here’s a selection from the conversation between Bruce and Jodi Ware and DeMoss:
Nancy: Bruce, I think that a lot of people think of doctrine as something that’s just for theologians. It’s just for intellectual gymnasts. But doctrine and theology, the study of God, really are intensely practical. How do they make a difference in a life?Dr. Ware: Well, the first difference they make, Nancy, in my experience, is not first and foremost things that you do that are a direct result of what you know doctrinally.
- It’s shaping your own life.
- What you love.
- What you care about.
- The values that you have.
- The priorities you assign to things.
This is what gets shaped first and then out of that, as Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34, ESV).
So then the practical result in terms of how we live is a function of what we love. We live out what we love. So really what doctrine is—I mean that word, I suppose, sounds to many ears to be a sterile sort of a term, but actually all it means is teaching. That’s what the term refers to.
Amen to that. How exciting to see the traction this book is getting in the broader Christian culture.