Our theology is our defined view of God, which means we all have a theology. So in today’s episode, our conversation is going to help you understand if the theology you already have is, in fact, a sound and biblical one.
Key Takeaways From This Episode:
- The Western church is emotional. We do not have much of an issue with loving God with our heart and soul. But part of the first and greatest commandment is to also love your God with all your mind! We don’t get to avoid the intellectual component of our relationship with God. It is of the utmost importance.
- There seems to be a fear in the church that if you increase in your doctrinal and theological knowledge that somehow you will either become:
- An intellectual who loses all their relational elements with God or
- You will decrease your accessibility to the lost or the young in faith.
- But the truth is that the more you read Scripture, the more you see that the Bible never separates the knowledge of God and love for God.
- The Western church is evangelistically rich and discipleship poor. We are so heavily focused on saving the lost, that we have ignored the need to strengthen the saints. In many ways, we are an outreach church; We preach the basics of the faith just about every Sunday. As a result, the deeper parts of the Christian faith have been avoided and we end up with a church who has four weaknesses:
- Weakness #1 They don’t know what they do believe: Most have accepted Christ by raising their hand at a church service and have just stayed there. Outside of their understanding of their sin and a need for a savior, they don’t understand what it means to be Christian. They don’t know about Scripture’s command on sexual immorality or money or marriage or parenting or baptism or repentance or prayer.
- Weakness #2 They don’t know what they don’t believe. Voddie Baucham says a great quote, “If we don’t know the Bible if we don’t know doctrine if we don’t know theology, it is virtually impossible to identify false teaching.” You can’t know the Bible by simply allowing someone else to tell you what’s in it. You need to study it yourself. When you study it yourself, you will learn what the Bible says and when someone presents or teaches something other than what’s in the Bible, you will recognize it. This is why so many people in the church listen and are fooled by the prosperity Gospel teachers. They are easily fooled because they don’t know what they don’t believe.
- Weakness #3 They don’t how to explain their Christian Faith: Barna released a study that showed that only 11% of Christians have read the entire Bible. They also found that 76% of evangelical Christians in America don’t know the Great Commission. This leads to the last finding: Only 5% of Christians share the gospel with one person per year. When you don’t know what you believe and when you don’t know what you don’t believe, you can’t explain what you believe to anyone else.
- Weakness #4 They don’t know how to defend their Christian Faith: Every one of us should be studying and preparing for opportunities to engage in a conversation about Christianity in the public square. The Lord calls us to be ready to answer. For some women, it might be on their Christian perspective on motherhood or parenting or homeschooling. For some it might be harder questions about other religions or why does God allow pain? We don’t need to know everything, but we should have the heart to be prepared.
- Matthew 22:37-38 “Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.”
- Hebrews 5:12 – 6:2 “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrines of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.”
- Philippians 1:9-10 “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ…”
- 1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;”
After watching or listening to this episode, what is your opinion? Do you have any questions or comments? Maybe you have something to add to the discussion? If so, let us know in the comments below.