You know over the last few months since Ephesus has started to get some traction, I’ve had more questions on theology and what we REALLY believe than in my previous 10 years of ministry combined. It’s funny, because personally I have studied more theology in the last year than I have in any other year of my time in ministry. I’ve been challenged to fully flesh out what I believe and wrestle with issues that for too long the US church has just kind of ignored. I’m certainly not alone in this. Across the US church, leaders and pastors and church goers are wrestling with theology. It unfortunately has led to some schisms, but overall I see it as a huge benefit to our personal relationships with Jesus. We live in a very pluralistic culture spiritually, and that makes it much more crucial that we are absolutely solid in what we know, what we believe, and why we believe it. Paul challenges us in Ephesians 4 to know what we believe and not be swayed. He was speaking to a very spiritually pluralistic culture when he gave this challenge so it very much speaks to us today. So I say, “Ask the questions!” It’s great that people have the questions and don’t just allow themselves to either take things at face value or be swayed by the cunning of man. As for me, I’m pretty conservative when it comes to my theology and interpretation of Scripture. I believe I have no choice, but I’m sure on the constant journey of learning and knowing Scripture and the underlying theology better. With that, I’m going to go work through my daily Life Journal now, cause that’s where it starts!
Questions on theology