Diligent Thinking In John Stott's Book, Your Mind Matters

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John Stott’s book, Your Mind Matters, explains the importance of why Christians need to truly think. Based on scripture, he believes that diligent thinking is a necessary part of a Christian’s life in at least six areas, worship, faith, holiness, guides, evangelism, and ministry. Stott felt need to write about how their mind actually matters and is critical to a Christian’s calling because “…the pressures against using the mind carefully, honestly, and faithfully as an essential aspect of the Christian’s calling are stronger now than ever before” (pg.8). This is especially true of young people throughout history because they always tend to be activist and dedicated supporters of a cause without really thinking through anything regarding their cause or their actions. They are emotionally driven. …show more content…
Emotional and rational are not two separate qualities; one does not have to be strictly one or the other, in actuality, the two are supposed to work together, and when they do so properly, amazing results will come from it. For example, and also to summarize Stott’s book, it is that emotion may lead us to the cross, but knowledge of God will keep us there. To clarify, the emotion doesn't stop at the cross and then the knowledge aspect kick in. The emotion part continues on during the continual gaining of knowledge. It is this way because both the mind and the heart were created to worship God, and when done together properly, they each fuel and energize the other. This is the overarching theme of the Stott’s message which is why I believe the well-known Bible verse, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” is such a good summarization of Stott’s

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