When you hear the term theology, what immediately comes to mind? Do you think of sitting in a library for the rest of your life, reading stacks of books? Do you run away as fast as you can from the conversation? Are you afraid of theology? Do you think we just need to “love like Jesus” and not concern ourselves with theology?
These are all answers I’ve heard before, especially the last one. The problem with a statement like that is we need to actually know what it means to love like Jesus. And in order to know that, guess what, you have to understand theology.
Theology can be deep, but it is also very simple. At its core meaning, theology is “the study of God.” It comes from two Greek words that, when combined, give us that meaning. Christian theology simply seeks to understand God more fully. So no matter what, as RC Sproul says, “Everyone’s a Theologian. It just depends on if you are a good one, or a bad one.” When you talk about God, you are being a Theologian. So when you make a statement, “we just need to love like Jesus did”, you are making a theological statement.
Remember this interaction in Matthew 16:13-20?
“Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.”
“Who do you say that I am?” What a beautiful theological statement that is! Theology is as simple as that. Being able to explain who Jesus is. When we provide an answer to that question, we are doing theology. Be encouraged.
Theology Nights is here to help. Don’t be afraid to grow in your theology. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The most important thing you can do is fully understand God’s Word and seek to grow as much as you can.