Having the Mind of Christ

Having the Mind of Christ

Eight Axioms to Cultivate a Robust Faith

by Matt Tebbe and Ben Sternke

Having the Mind of Christ
  • Length: 170 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.5 in
  • Published: July 26, 2022
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-1-5140-0359-6
  • Item Code: A0359

"Why doesn’t the Christian life work like I thought it would?"

While we often start with good intentions, it feels like real transformation is elusive at best, and maybe even impossible. We deeply want to live in the freedom that Christ offers, but we are acutely aware of the gap between a transformed life and our reality. Having the Mind of Christ tackles the issues of lasting life change.

When we feel some kind of inspiration or need to seek change in our lives, we start with behaviors: new to-dos, tactics, techniques, or spiritual disciplines that we hope will bring about the transformation we desire. While these behavioral changes can bear good results, they just as often fail to produce the lasting change we deeply desire. That's because transformation requires more than a change in practice – it requires a change in paradigm.

Pastors Matt Tebbe and Ben Sternke share eight axioms that help reframe the way that we see God, ourselves, and others. By seeing through new lenses, we can open ourselves to the transformational change that God wants for our lives.

"Matt and Ben know what facilitates change in people—and what doesn't. In their coaching, mentoring, and discipling, they, as faith leaders, deal with doubt in expert ways. If you feel stuck with a less than satisfying faith, Having the Mind of Christ provides eight key insights to get you out of your rut."

Todd Hunter, Anglican bishop and author of Christianity Beyond Belief

"Too often contemporary Western Christianity undermines its own claims of love and good news. Having the Mind of Christ acknowledges the inconsistencies and presses in with a deep longing for integrity, bringing healing as it goes. This book provides language and companionship for those doing the hard work of reimagining a way forward for the church of the twenty-first century, helping us recover from (and repent of) abusive faith practices, restoring us to the life-giving way of Jesus."

Mandy Smith, pastor and author of The Vulnerable Pastor


Introduction: When Faith Stops Working
Axiom 1: God Is Love, So It's All About Love
Axiom 2: God Is Always Present and at Work
Axiom 3: God Is Just Like Jesus
Axiom 4: God Meets Us in Our Messy Reality
Axiom 5: God Cares About (All of) It More than We Do
Axiom 6: God Does the Same Work Through Us and in Us
Axiom 7: God's Love Always Reckons with Power
Axiom 8: God Transforms Us Through Embodied Participation
Conclusion: Acting as If It's True



Matt Tebbe has been in local church ministry for over 20 years. He is cofounder of Gravity Leadership, where he write regularly, and co-pastor at The Table in Indianapolis. He has written for Leadership Journal, Shattered Magazine, Missio Alliance, and contributed to the book What Pastors Wish Their Congregations Knew.

Ben Sternke has over two decades of Christian ministry experience. Since 2005, he has been writing about church leadership and ministry in various online publications, including Gravity Leadership, The V3 Movement, and more. He is cofounder of Gravity Leadership and co-pastor at The Table in Indianapolis.