Theology and Knowing God

Greetings FiCB!  I’ve been recently asked the question “Why is theology so important and how does it apply to my life?”

This is a fairly common question that I’ve encountered throughout my few years in ministry from children, youth and now in college.  At its root I suspect that students have a hard time seeing the relationship between the ‘study of God’ and it’s practical application to everyday life.  It’s kind of like studying a Linear Regression Equation in Statistics class and thinking ‘When will this ever be useful in my life?” (Apologies to my Math friends out there)…linear regression_formulaDo we think that ‘theology’ is abstract, impractical, or irrelevant?

My answer to these questions is simply, ‘theology is everything and it applies everyday.’  In other words, our knowledge of God shapes and influences the way we think, act, behave and believe each morning to evening.  You don’t have to go to seminary to be a theologian.  You don’t have to be the smartest person to “know” God.  From the youngest kid to the oldest adult, we can all recognize the goodness of God in his creation and character.  Look at his provision as the Father.  Remember his promises as the Savior.  Know his protection as the King.  Often times when we worry about our lives we forget about God.  But by his grace when we forget, he still remembers because He Knew Us First.

Isaiah 43:1 “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”

John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd.  I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.”

Theology does not have to be dry, but I pray it may grow to be a desire.  Knowing God & Walking with Him is a blessing and a privilege. Here’s a video by Joshua Harris that portrays this so tastefully and beautifully:

Theology Matters – Dug Down Deep – Joshua Harris from waterbrook multnomah on Vimeo.

In J.I. Packer’s Christian classic “Knowing God,” theology is the “most practical project anyone can engage in.  Knowing about God is crucially important for the living of our lives.”  

Fellowship in Christ at Berkeley do we “Know God?”  Do we want to know him more?  If so, I encourage you to pick up J.I. Packer’s “Knowing God” and let us read and reflect together on this blog under “Christian Classics.” If you would like a copy just shoot me an email/text/comment below and I’ll order some books for our fellowship.

Have a fantastic week and I’ll see you at Large Group this Friday!


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