This web site will focus on sharing ministry resources, presenting discipleship methods and discussing biblical Christianity and issues of impact. With that pursuit in view, including theology and theological terms is unavoidable. I happen to enjoy theology and the discussion and thought efficiencies that a shared theological lexicon affords. However, there are two errors we can reach in regard to theology.
Error #1: “Can’t we just focus on the things that matter?”
I get it, theology is not everyone’s cup of tea. I’m sure we have all heard–or even said yourself–someone say something like, “I don’t want to waste my time with all the beard-stroking theological talk; I just want to think about what is practical and know how I should live.” Inherent in that comment is the assumption that theology is just a knowledge set for academics that has no bearing in real life. In reality, however, questions like like Who is God and how does He deal with humanity?, How should I live?, and What are the things that really matter in my life? are all theological questions at their core. God’s revealed word, the Bible, is the only sufficient means we have for knowing God, discovering the seriousness of our sin, trusting the gospel of salvation by grace through faith in Christ, and how we should live as faithful followers of Christ. Theology is the exercise of understanding the revealed Word of God and how it applies to our lives. If our interactions with theology don’t lead us to worship and earnestly, more faithfully follow Christ, something is wrong.
Error #2: Theology that Doesn’t Lead to Doxology
Theology is the exercise of knowing and applying the Bible–it is a study of everything that matters about everything that matters. But sin is sneaky and we are weak; even with the best of intentions, it is easy to find ourselves puffed up by knowledge, to make mountains out of mole hills, or to make theology a mental-only exercise and rarely live it out. In part, I suppose this is where folks occasionally get the idea that theology makes no difference in our lives.
Now, let me be clear: you don’t have to have a seminary degree to have biblically informed doctrine that you apply faithfully to your life. Additionally, you don’t need to know the technical term of the hypostatic union of Christ to rightly understand that Christ’s existence is one that is both fully human and fully divine. With that in mind, this web site will look to avoid technical theological terms so as to be beneficial to everyone. When appropriate, technical terms might be provided with a plain description.
My prayer for myself and others is that I would not neglect the serious effort of understanding and applying the whole of the Bible to my life without being puffed up or treating it as a purely mental exercise. Here are nine questions to help gauge the health of your interaction with theology.