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21 Accessible Theology Resources for Churchgoers

If the average evangelical in America were to appear on the game show Jeopardy!, they might struggle with a category called “Christian Theology.”

According to recent findings from the State of Theology study conducted by Lifeway Research, a majority of U.S. evangelicals entertain confusion at best and heresy at worst on some of the Bible’s most foundational doctrines. Consider some of these alarming statistics among evangelicals:

  • 73% say Jesus is the first and greatest being created by God
  • 60% say the Holy Spirit is a force but not a personal being
  • 57% agree that “Everyone sins a little, but most people are good by nature”
  • 56% say God accepts the worship of all religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam

Outside of faithfully preaching the Word, how can church leaders address this doctrinal deficiency that plagues many Christians between Sunday gatherings? We’ve compiled a list of 21 resources that can help churchgoers develop a rich, biblically informed theology. While many pastors’ libraries are adorned with academic textbooks on the following subjects, this list aims to present resources accessible to the average adult, student, and child at your church.

Bible studies


  • “You Are a Theologian” by J.T. English and Jen Wilken — An upcoming 2023 release, this book presents theology as a subject in which every Christian should be contributing to the conversation. Chapters are presented as questions such as: Who Is God? Who are we? What went wrong? What has God done?
  • “Fruitful Theology” by Ronni Kurtz — For some, the word “theology” may evoke images of harsh and prideful social media feuds. This book shows how true Christian theology leads to the cultivation of the fruit of the Spirit.
  • “Gospel: Recovering the Power That Made Christianity Revolutionary” by J.D. Greear — Many of the doctrinal fallacies revealed in the State of Theology study come from a misunderstanding of the gospel. This book and the one that follows are easy reads that help Christians understand and apply the greatest news of all time.
  • “What is the Gospel?” by Greg Gilbert

Apologetic resources

Just as important as understanding what you believe is knowing why you believe it. The following three titles are easy-to-use resources that empower Christians to stand firm on their faith, being ready to “give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15, CSB).

Student theology resources

Kids theology resources

Theology and transformed hearts

The goal of this list isn’t merely to equip saints with the right answers. While understanding truth is essential, Scripture makes it clear that even demons believe certain doctrines (James 2:19). We must pray God uses a proper theology among our people to ignite hearts that are passionate about following Him. May some of these resources serve as kindling for the Holy Spirit’s spark among your people.

This article originally appeared at lifewayresearch.com. For more insights on church and culture and practical ministry helps from Lifeway Research, sign up for their Daily Insights newsletter.