What is THEOLOGY? (Dabbling in Doctrine)
DEFINITION: The Study of God as He has revealed Himself in scripture and Jesus Christ.
EXPLANATION: God is so big and so great and so awesome that we will never fully understand Him. God has chosen to tell us certain things about Himself in the Bible. When we study what the Bible has to say about God that is called Theology.
I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. Romans 15:14
It is important that we study the scriptures and theology in order to understand the things God has revealed about Himself to us. If we have a good understanding of theology, then we will be able to teach other people about God.
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:14-16
Everything in the Bible comes from God. We can study the Bible to understand God better. That is what theology is all about.
ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURE FOR SELF-STUDY: Psalm 119:169, Titus 2:1, Hebrews 6:1-3
ACTIVITY: Read Genesis 1 and 2. Make a list of things you learn about God and His Creation from the first two chapters of the Bible. You’ve created the beginnings of a theology of creation.