Whenever the topic of “theology” is mentioned, Christians often think it is “Chim,” and dismiss it as something abstract, irrelevant and divisive. Whether we are conscious of it or not, all Christians have some theological opinion or concept about who God is—what he is like, and how he relates to his creation. Charles Ryrie explains, “Theology is for everyone. Indeed, everyone needs to be a theologian. In reality, everyone is a theologian - of one sort or another.” The question is whether we know how to do good theology. This mini course has two aims. First, it seeks to equip Christians on how to think theologically, so we may develop a deep knowledge and understanding of God through the Bible. Secondly, it seeks to train believers on knowing how to relate the Bible to everyday issues.
Theology is the discipline that teaches us to think and talk about God in such a way that directs our faith and living. This is possible only because God enables it in the first place, as he reveals himself in his creation and in the Bible. Without a coherent and consistent biblical worldview, our Christian lives will be “tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming” (Eph 4:14). This session will address specific reasons why we must learn good theology, if we hope to grow in Christian faith and practice, which is why Paul challenged the Corinthians for being “infants in Christ.” He writes, “I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it” (1 Cor 3:2).
9 Feb 2020 Doing Theology: Relating the Bible to Everyday Issues
According to many theologians, both academic and lay alike, theology is the attempt to build a bridge between the scriptural text and our present context, so that we know what the whole Bible says to us today about any given topic. Then that begs the question—how can we construct good theology? This session will discuss how to read the Bible in its original context and to relate it to everyday issues. Constructing theology is the reflective and practical task of living each day as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. In doing so, we must not only learn the Bible, but we must become more conscious of the culture in which we live, so that Christians can address the issues of that culture and make an impact on it from the standpoint of the Bible.