Why Every Christian Should Care About Theology

Over the years, one of the most disheartening things I’ve realized is how few Christians care about the deep things of God.

Don’t care about theology? That may also mean you don’t care about the church. Yet, I understand desire may be an issue. So you if lack the desire in your heart to study theology, pray that God would change your heart and give you the desire to study theology. This will better equip you to serve the people God’s placed around you.

 

Over the years, one of the most disheartening things I’ve realized is how few Christians care about the deep things of God. We tend to think that theology is only for pastors and leaders. But this isn’t true. God has graciously revealed himself through his Word, and every follower of Christ should take pains to know him well. Every Christian, therefore, is a theologian.

While there’s far more than three, here’s a few reasons why you should care about theology:

1. For the church.

The church is built on the “foundations of the apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 2:20). The pastor should be competent in the Word (2 Timothy 2:15). Lead pastors should guard the sheep from false prophets. Yes, yes, and yes. But what about the everyday lay person?

Consider this: Eight times in the New Testament we are told to “make every effort” to add to our faith – eight times! Everyone in the church, from the pastor to the deacon to the sound guy to the elementary teacher, should “make every effort” to add to his or her faith – and one of the best ways you can do this is by increased knowledge of God.

But why for the sake of the church?

When I reflect on my Christian life in the church, some of my most discouraging times have come after receiving dumb advice. Proverbs tells us to give “wise counsel,” not just any counsel. In order to serve the people in your church, to give good advice, to bear burdens, to provide wisdom, to be an example of gratitude and of joy — you’ll simply have to know some things about the Bible and about God. This is a non-negotiable.

Don’t care about theology? That may also mean you don’t care about the church. Yet, I understand desire may be an issue. So you if lack the desire in your heart to study theology,pray that God would change your heart and give you the desire to study theology. This will better equip you to serve the people God’s placed around you.

2. For God’s glory.

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