What Is Theology?

As Christian believers, it is important that we have a correct understanding of some basic concepts. First on our list is the word, “theology.” What do we mean when we use the word theology?

Theology Defined: the Study of God

Theology is the science of God. The term, “theology,” literally means, “the study of God.” It is derived from two Greek words. Theos is the Greek word for God, while the word logos can mean “discourse,” or, “the study of.” Theology, therefore, is thinking, or studying, about God. It is important that we realize that there is no higher activity that a person can pursue than the study of God.

The Bible says that every Christian begins to personally know God the moment they believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said: “This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent—Jesus Christ. (John 17:3 HCSB)

The Christian life is a relationship between the believer and the Creator. This relationship grows and matures as the believer learns more about the God in whom they have trusted. The apostle Paul spoke of believers being made rich in their knowledge of God. He wrote, “For in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind.” (1 Corinthians 1:5 NRSV)

We can become spiritually rich when we learn about Him. Therefore, it is important that we learn as much as we can about the living God. Those who study theology for a profession are known as “theologians.” However, in a sense, everyone is a theologian, for every human being has his or her own theology; that is we all have our own beliefs about God. This includes the atheist who believes that God does not exist. Therefore, you do not have to have a degree in theology to be a theologian; neither do you have to be a minister or someone in full time Christian service.

Some people have carefully thought through what they believe, or do not believe, about God. Others have not spent much time at all thinking what they believe. Some people never think about it.

Whatever the case may be, all of us have a theology, or a set of beliefs, in which we embrace. Therefore, the key question for the believer is this, “How good of a theologian are we going to be?” To what degree are we going to think through our beliefs?

This is what eQuip is all about. Providing resources to equip the saints. To study, to learn, to grow, to enrich. These are all parts of thinking through our faith.

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