Theology is for Everyone

To most Christians, the idea of learning “Theology” is an overwhelming and daunting suggestion. “I’m not a scholar,” or “I’m not interested in working for a Ph.D” is a very common thought process that shuts the door on the subject.

However, Theology is NOT just a scholar’s domain. The learning and the application of Theology to our own heart, mind, and daily life is of the utmost godly value!

“Theology”—though it does include some branches with extremely deep waters—is basically the study of God: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, and how He interacts with humanity. Every believer who is committed to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior needs to know as much as they can from the scriptures about their God.

As attenders of [good] churches, we have a tremendous number of opportunities to grow in our knowledge about God (“Theology”) so that we can also grow in knowing Him personally. Faulty thinking about who God is and how He interacts with humanity leaves us very, VERY susceptible to failures and deceptions.

The writer to the Hebrews (most consider this author to be the Apostle Paul, as do I) was teaching and developing their understanding of God and their walking through life in the Spirit of Jesus. Here is what he summarizes as being the foundation or elementary teachings [of Theology] that every believer SHOULD have well established so they can build and grow the rest of their life.

“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”‭‭

( Hebrews‬ ‭6:1-2 )

Unfortunately, there are too many believers who have had their faith in Christ for 10, 20, or 30 years, but their maturity in truly knowing the things of God and living a godly life are at an “elementary” level. Using a school analogy, by now they should be graduates, instead they are repeating the 1st Grade over and over, not having grasped the basics and not yet demonstrated a practical proficiency in godly knowledge, wisdom, and behavior.

To be clear, though I used a school analogy, growing in Theology is not necessarily about formal academics. It is about growing in the personal study of God’s scripture, and the prayerful application of the scriptures to personal and daily life.

“Let us go on to perfection” means to grow in maturity. It means to shed more and more imperfection, and to draw closer and closer to Christ and the perfection He represents.
Most of us will never be “Theologians” in an academic setting with a Ph.D next to our name, but each of us should be growing in our Theology of God. Anything less than our constant growth in our knowledge of God is not part of God’s great plan for our life. Let’s be sure, every day, that we progressively “go on to perfection” in Him.

See you at the altar of Christ as we read the scriptures, pray, and build each other up in the Theology of our great God.

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Happiness is… An Earthly Father, A Heavenly Father

[This was originally posted on my Facebook Wall in April 2010.  Today I am reposting it as a tribute to both of my Fathers, earthly and Heavenly.]

Happiness is… having an earthly father who is sensitive to the leading of our Heavenly Father!!

This afternoon (April 2010) I was diagnosed as having “Full Blown Diabetes,” otherwise known as “Type 2 Diabetes.” When I arrived home I sat down, lifted my hands in praise and worship to my Heavenly Father, and cried with tears.

Within 5 seconds (that’s FIVE SECONDS!) my phone rang.

And who was calling me? It was my earthly father calling me [from Texas] in response to his feeling led by our Heavenly Father to… call me and check in on me!

In the midst of one of life’s storms my Heavenly Father sent His best representative on earth to comfort me, to encourage me, and to strengthen me in His place: My earthly father!

Thanks father, and Father! Thanks dad, and Dad! Thanks abba, and Abba!

Surely, happiness is… having an earthly father who is sensitive to the leading of, and the representation of, our Heavenly Father!!

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When God’s Daughters are TAKEN

Ladies, if any man threatens you or treats you wrong, cry out to your Heavenly Father. He has said in His Word how He feels about you, His daughters.

Gentlemen, let’s treat the ladies with the utmost respect, and with a healthy awareness (i.e. Fear!) of the skills of her Heavenly Father. Nobody in their right mind should ever presume it to be safe to come between the Heavenly Father and His daughter!

By way of a movie illustration, our Heavenly Father is the original TAKEN Father (played by Liam Neeson, 2008) who turns the world of the Albanian Mafia upside down in search of his daughter who has been taken by them for profit and abuse.

If you think this guy was fearless, a skilled warrior, and relentless in the rescue of his daughter who had been taken, then you don’t even want to think about harming one of God’s daughters. God has no fear, He is a champion warrior, and He is relentless. He will look for you, He will find you, and… yes, He WILL kill you!

In the Book of Exodus, God gave a message that is eerily and frighteningly similar to the message that the TAKEN father states in the movie 5,000 years later:

“Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. If you do and they cry out to Me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you…”

( Exodus 22:22-24 )

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