Theology. The word itself sounds academic. Though there are a few people who are theologians vocationally, all Christians are called to be theologians. Theology is the Church’s ongoing discussion about God’s gracious work and revelation to us. All of us are called to this reflection.
Our theology impacts not only how we see the world, but how we live in the world. It isn’t just one belief among many. It is a sort of master belief that impacts the way we see and hold other beliefs. Our understanding of God impacts how we see our neighbor, how we see our work, our money, our kids, ourselves, and our leisure time.
J.I. Packer has this to say about it. “Theology is for doxology and devotion – that is, the praise of God and the practice of godliness. It should therefore be presented in a way that brings awareness of the divine presence. Theology is at its healthiest when it is consciously under the eye of the God of whom it speaks and when it is singing to his glory.”
In the Theology Class this January, we will be taking a closer look at, who is God? What is He like? We’re going to ask some hard questions that some of you may have asked yourselves at times and look how the Church has responded to those questions. Some of the questions we will be tackling this January include:
- How can a finite person grasp the infinite God? How do we know if our knowledge about God is true if we are finite and God is infinite?
- What is the trinity? The word trinity is not in the Bible, but we talk about it all the time. Is it just an invention of the Church?
- Does God learn?
- Does He change his mind?
- Is there anything God can’t do? – As a teaser, the answer is yes, there are things God can’t do. We’ll discuss what some of those things are.
- Is there any place God is not?
- Is he more in some places than other places?
- Is God always good?
- Is God always just?
Some of these are hard questions, but the Church should be a place where there are good answers to hard questions. I hope you will join us as we discuss these important questions and how they impact our daily lives.
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