Two organizations that Christians ought to be thankful for are Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research. We have long heralded Ligonier’s devotion to Reformed resources and growing healthy Christians through the teaching ministry of R.C. Sproul. Now these two ministries have joined forced to produce a huge new survey to show what people believe.
From Ligonier’s website: “This survey has helped to point out common gaps in theological knowledge and awareness so that Christians might be more effective in the proclamation, teaching, and defense of the essential truths of the Christian faith.” Their penetrating insights have put together in a beautiful and helpful infographic, displayed below.
As you read the results for yourself, ask what kind of answer you would have given. Would your answers have reflected biblical truth, or cultural assumptions? Do your beliefs look more like Jesus, or worldly assumptions? Is our theology the sound doctrine that leads to healthy life (II Timothy 4:3), or have we bought into a system of thinking that will end in death?
Use these resources to reflect on your beliefs. Start conversations with family members, covenant members at Zion, your Bible study, Sunday school class, etc. Use this as an opportunity to encourage one another to healthy doctrine and godly living.
What about areas where we perceive weaknesses? Ligonier & LifeWay give three prescriptions: 1) Inform the church. 2) Help & assist pastors/leaders. 3) Equip Christians to change. When we do these three for the glory of Jesus, we will see His power displayed among us!