THE KIND OF PREACHING YOU DO WILL BE DETERMINED BY WHAT YOU BELIEVE ABOUT GOD, CHRIST AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
Many preachers seem to believe they really don’t need to know anything about theology. Far too many preachers have said to me,”Charles you don’t need to know theology. Keep it simple. Preach the Word. ” Don’t try to show off they would say. Preachers don’t need to be theological.
They want to be teachers of the law but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.” (1 Tim. 1:6)
“The kind of God we believe in determines the kind of sermons we preach. A Christian must at least be an amateur theologian before he can aspire to be a preacher.”
–John Stott, Between Two Worlds, p. 93.
My Sermon Manuscript
What is the definition of theology?
My Bible, and pen and coffee
Question: “What is the definition of theology?”
Answer: The word “theology” comes from two Greek words that combined mean “the study of God.” Christian theology is simply an attempt to understand God as He is revealed in the Bible. No theology will ever fully explain God and His ways because God is infinitely and eternally higher than we are. Therefore, any attempt to describe Him will fall short (Romans 11:33-36). However, God does want us to know Him insofar as we are able, and theology is the art and science of knowing what we can know and understand about God in an organized and understandable manner. Some people try to avoid theology because they believe it is divisive. Properly understood, though, theology is uniting. Proper, biblical theology is a good thing; it is the teaching of God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The study of theology, then, is nothing more than digging into God’s Word to discover what He has revealed about Himself. When we do this, we come to know Him as Creator of all things, Sustainer of all things, and Judge of all things. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end of all things. When Moses asked who was sending him to Pharaoh, God replied “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14). The name I AM indicates personality. God has a name, even as He has given names to others. The name I AM stands for a free, purposeful, self-sufficient personality. God is not an ethereal force or a cosmic energy. He is the almighty, self-existing, self-determining Being with a mind and a will—the “personal” God who has revealed Himself to humanity through His Word, and through His Son, Jesus Christ.