Friday, September 29, 2006

Taste and see! Life-giving theology

Gareth and I decided today that these books will probably be our core resources as we prepare our conversation about Calvinism and Arminianism at the end of October,to be held in Guildford for the benefit of our Relay workers. We'll centre upon the nature of God's sovereignty as we consider this issue - chiefly, how does God act sovereignly - how does he elect - how does his knowledge of the future affect things...

We want to keep it friendly as we discuss the issues involved. I don't want it to just be theoretical because theology is about who our God is, and its about how we live, its about whether God gets glorified or downgraded. I love Mike Reeves' definition of theology, he says it is what Gideon does in Judges 6, its about smashing up idols altars and restoring the worship of God in the hearts of God's people.

Theological issues such as this are not obscure and irrelevant... they're a matter of vital spirituality, faithful worship and Christian joy. Bad theology is gangrene (2 Timothy 2:14-18) and must be gotten rid of because it causes immorality. Good theology is like being a tree planted by streams of water (Psalm 1:3-9) that causes people to prosper and have joy. [Paraphased from Daniel Strange, The Necessity of Theology]
"If theology is not only abouyt knowing God and what he has done, but also about knowing God and what he has done for me in Christ, then how can I be apathetic about it? How can I not love my God with all my heart? I want to praise God and thank Him, to be enthused about learning more about him. Notice that after the most difficult theological discussion that Paul engages in the book of Romans, his response is one of praise and worship. The more we learn about God and his gospel the more we will want to praise Him! So many Christians don't get excited because they do not see the gospel in all its polyphonic and glorious Technicolor but rather settle for a little mono 'black and white' version." -- Daniel Strange
By engaging in careful theological conversation we will be able to taste and see the glory of God in the gospel. We'll be confronted in our sin and required to be humbled, we'll be fed and nourished. This is why I'm passionate about the Calvinist/Reformed teaching on the Sovereignty of God - I believe it magnifies God, in accordance with what God has revealed in the Bible. God is jealous for his name and so we need to discover who he really is. We need BIG GOD THEOLOGY!

Beginning With Moses is designed to help the church think theologically. So is The Theologian. See these articles:

1 comment:

  1. The technicolour gospel... rock on Daniel Strange. The gospel, and God's work of redemption has so much more to it than our pat sermons and gospel explanations often do. How few people understand their union with Christ for example?

    Not that I've arrived by any means, but every day, particularly reading old books I see more of the gospel and all its facets. Praise Jesus!