The Importance of Theology

Posted: 06/15/2008 in Articles
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A.W. Pink said, “An unknown God can neither be trusted, served, nor worshipped.” This is an excellent quote from the preface of Pink’s book “The Attributes of God.”

Doctrine and theology are not just for the preacher. They must be studied by every one of Christ’s people. He who does not know God as Sovereign, Almighty, Immutable, Omniscient, Righteous, Just, etc… will in no means be capable of trusting, serving and worshiping Him. Our chief end is to glorify and enjoy God forever, but how can we enjoy Him if we don’t know Him correctly?

“…the people that do know their God shall be strong.”Daniel 11:32

J. C. Hahne

  1. Krista says:

    On this issue of knowing theology so we can know God and be prepared when we walk through the fire I highly recommend to women “When Life and Beliefs Collide- How Knowing God Makes a Difference” by Carolyn Custis James. Of course, guys can read it too, but it especially speaks to women. I practically underlined the whole book.

  2. tim says:

    Praises be to the Creator of the heavens and the earth Who has revealed Himself to us in such a way that we can know Him and in knowing Him we see that He is trustworthy, thus we can serve Him and worshipped as THE faithful and true God. Seeing his character revealed to us in the Scriptures is a daily wonder. The more we see the more we want to make Him known to the world around us. I’m so glad our God is not simply an idea restricted to the pages of a book but that makes Himself alive and real to those He is calling to Himself. Everyday we can have an expanded view of our great God and Savior…. Hallelujah!
    “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim. 2:15

  3. charles says:

    Without theology the church would cease being the church. The church is not just a social entity like the Lion’s Club or the Rotary Club. It is a body of baptized believers in Christ Jesus the Lord gathered around a system of beliefs. If theology is removed, the church becomes just another social organization sharing a commonality with all the others in the world. Instead, the church is unique in that it is theology-centered, and that is what makes it the church.

    Without theology the church would have no stability. It would not be able to weather the storms of its existence or the fair sunshine times of blessing. Churches sometimes go through difficult periods, and when they do so they often waver. Other times churches go through seasons of great blessings and it becomes difficult to keep the right focus. Theology helps to maintain stability.

    Furthermore, without theology the church would have no sense of spiritual direction. It would be like a traveler without a map, a ship without charts and compass, a journey without a destination. What is a church to do when confronted with certain issues? Respond to them? Know the way ahead? Correct theology gives a church a true sense of direction.

  4. J. C. Hahne says:

    Charles – Thank you for your comment… I’m reminded of Ephesians 4:14-16 which says,

    “so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of DOCTRINE, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

    Theology/Doctrine is our anchor in the storms that rage in the church and in our own personal lives. Praise God for the Doctrines of Grace and of His perfect character. He is our surety!

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