Hello there friends, today I am beginning a blog series that I’ll be working on throughout the summer. I want to take time each week to chat a little bit about theology. Lord willing I want to share each week a few key points for each different type of theology. Let’s begin today with the basics.
What is theology?
The word theology comes from two Greek words, theos meaning God and logos meaning the word about. Combined these words mean “the study of God.” Theology is literally what you know about God and despite what many people may think, theology is for everyone. As R.C. Sproul always said, “everyone’s a theologian” we are all called to be theologians, we are all called to care about theology, to take time to get to know who God is, to dig into the Word to discover what God has revealed to us about Himself. He deserves our adoration and worship. And while there are things God has revealed to us, things He has made known about Himself, His attributes and His decrees for example. There is also an incomprehensibility of God. Job 26:14 says this,
Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, and how small a whisper we hear of Him. But the thunder of His power who can understand?
An amazing truth it that will never know too much about God, we will never run out of things to discover about Him, and while there are things we can learn and know about Him, God is also a mystery in a sense. Wayne Grudem in Systematic Theology says this,
“We will never run out of things to learn about Him, and we will thus never tire in delighting in the discovery of more and more of His excellence and of the greatness of His works. To study God’s Word in both formal and informal ways will always be a great privilege and joy. Also…we will never fully understand Him or understand any single things about Him fully. This is what the incomprehensibility of God means.
Michael Allen in an article for Tabletalk Magazine explains the importance of theology this way,
“The Christian is called to be a living sacrifice, to dedicate his life to the glory of God and the good of his neighbor. Systematic Theology shapes a mind of wisdom and wonder by helping us view reality from a God-centered perspective. It also directs a life of worship and witness by helping us consider how all things relate to God as their author and end: to Him be the glory forever.”
The study of the nature and character of God is the most practical project anyone can engage in. Knowing God is crucially important for the living of our lives – J.I. Packer
A greater awareness of who God is should lead to a greater awareness of who we are, sinners saved by grace. — Costi Hinn
Studying the Word and knowing God on a deeper level should humble us. As we gain a greater understanding of who God is and His majesty we gain a greater understanding of who we are, sinners saved by the blood of Christ, by His amazing grace! The more we come to know Him the greater our reverence should become, which will impact how we live our lives, in the fear of the Lord, obeying Him, submitting to His will, respecting Him, loving Him and worshiping Him with awe. R.C. Sproul reminds us that the reason “we engage in theology is so we grow up into maturity and fullness of obedience to Him.” By doing this we glorify Him.
I hope you’ll join me in the coming weeks as we explore the different types of theology and the basic aspects that will help you in your studies!
Suggested Resources | Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem | Knowing God by J.I. Packer