Given the amount of misrepresentation made about Christian beliefs, even though a person can access many resources freely over the internet, I thought that it might be a good idea to line out some thoughts that would explain what can be said about historic Christian doctrines and theology so that my readers would not only have a sense of where I am coming from, but perhaps understand about the faith in general.
I realize that many of my readers may not be of the same religious tradition (Southern Baptist) as me, so I will try to speak as broadly and directly as possible in these regards. This, of necessity, means that we must define some terms and set out a course of study that will direct the series.
Our study will cover:
The Being of God
The Nature of Revelation
The Nature of Man
The Work of God
The Nature and Purpose of the Church
As I conclude this introductory post, I think that it is prudent to discuss why such a study is necessary.
I have been a believer for more than 30 years. So much of that time has been spent fumbling along with what it is that Christians believe. I have watched, almost helplessly, as strong theology has been replaced by watered down, man-centered, self-help theology that is destroying the church and Christian belief, at least in the west. I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I was utterly shocked at the number of people in my church that were essentially modalistic in their doctrine of God. I would never go so far to say that they were necessarily heretical in their beliefs, but I would say that they were compromised and subject to being deceived by someone who was heretical.
It is important that we have a sound and consistent understanding of historic Christian theology so that we do not stray into error, and not be, “[…]tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes (Ephesians 4:14, ESV).”
One last, personal, note: this series is an answer to my son who asked, why such was important? My answer was that I wanted to know who God is, to know him well and rightly, and to worship him in every aspect of my life, and the only way that it seemed that I could do so was to study both Scripture and theology and bring them into line.
My hope, and my prayer, is that, as you go through this series, that your knowledge of God and your love and desire for his knowledge will increase and help you as you live your life for Him, by Him, and through Him.