via Five Reasons You Need to Study Theology.

Words such as theology and doctrine come with negative connotations for many Christians.  This is a great tragedy, as I firmly believe every Christian needs to study theology to some degree in their Christian walk.  There are many reasons why Christian’s need to study theology.  In no particular order here are five reasons you need to study theology, and hopefully some of these you won’t have considered before.

1. You’re a theologian already…

Why do you need to study theology?  Because theology isn’t something only a Professor of Theology has–we all believe something about God and therefore are theologians in our own right.  However, what needs to be asked is whether what you believe is correct, and the study of theology can help answer that question.

2. Your love for Jesus is intrinsically linked with your knowledge of His Word…

Why do you need to study theology?  Because Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15  I heard someone remark that a certain Christian may not have been that great theologically, but that was okay because they really loved Jesus.  However, Jesus says that if we love Him, we will obey what He commands.  How can we obey Him if we don’t go to His Word to rightly know His commands?

3. Your doctrine will determine how you live…

Why do you need to study theology?  Because what you believe your doctrine will determine how you live your practice.  This can be seen in everyday life.  If you believe something to be poisonous, you simply won’t drink it.  Similarly, your beliefs about God and His Word determine how you live day to day.  For example if you believe God only speaks through His Word then you will study it diligently, however if you believe God speaks through impressions and the like, then you’ll listen for that still small voice.  The aforementioned example drastically changes how a person goes about determining God’s will for their lives, and illustrates why you need to study theology.

4. Your affections will determine what you study…

Why do you need to study theology?  Because what your affections are placed upon will determine what you spend your time studying.  If your hobby is photography you will want to study the subject to know how to improve your photographs and to increase your love and appreciation for that pass-time.  Likewise, if you’re a Christian and your primary affection is upon God, why would you not want to study His Word to increase your love and appreciation for Him and His gospel?

5. Your humility depends on it…

Why do you need to study theology?  Because without studying theology it is possible that you will think too highly of yourself, and not high enough of God.  It is true that knowledge puffs up 1 Corinthians 8:1, however the Scriptures rightly understood and applied, will give you, for example, the knowledge of man’s utter depravity and wretchedness before God, and also of God’s magnificence, holiness, sovereignty and grace, which can only serve to send a true convert to his knees in humility.

May God be glorified as you study theology, humbly opening His Word with the desire to know more about His special revelation to man.

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