Bite Sized Theology: Why Theology?

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I heard someone say once that being a believer + time does not necessarily equal spiritual maturity.  The longer I’ve been a follower of Christ, the more truth I see in that statement.

I believe the writer of Hebrews knew something about that when he wrote:

11 There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. 12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. 13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. 14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong (Heb. 5.11-14 NLT).

Having a good understanding of the rich truths in God’s Word (theology) isn’t about knowledge for the sake of having knowledge. Good theology is important because, properly understood and applied, it gives us the wisdom to live the Christian life well (“to recognize the difference between right and wrong” v. 14). As Paul told Timothy:

Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly (1 Tim. 4.7 NLT).

That’s not possible without the right blueprint. Godliness is not determined by our religious activities, but by how much we resemble Christ. If we are going to grow to be like Him, we must know Him, know what life looks like when lived His way, and understand how He deals with His people. We must know and understand basic theology.

While theology is important for every follower of Christ, it doesn’t have to be difficult to understand. I’ll be taking one concept at a time and explaining Bible terms and why they are important to your life and mine.

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16 thoughts on “Bite Sized Theology: Why Theology?

    • Tania,
      Welcome to Bite Sized Theology. I look forward to reading you’re thoughts along the way. Have a wonderful week-end.

  1. I love this. “A believer + time does not necessarily equal spiritual maturity”, this is so true. You can sit in church every single Sunday morning and not grow at all spiritually. Looking forward to this series.

    • Renee,
      Let’s hope we all grow in spiritual maturity as we take a few bites out of His truth! Thanks for reading and commenting. I love your bloghop! Thanks for giving us a place to linkup.

    • Andie,
      I love you title. Faith isn’t blind. It’s based on God’s revealed Word coupled with the Holy Spirit’s indwelling and teaching ministry in our hearts. But we must put His truth in our hearts for any of it to take place.
      Thanks for reading and commenting.

  2. First, I love the tagline “bite size theology”-just the right size to digest in one bite! Second, the version you chose for Hebrews 5 was perfect because the description of baby still needing milk and not ready for solid food, fits into how you developed this teaching today. Blessed you joined The Weekend Brew and love how it fit in with my post about having a daily date with God! Blessings!

  3. It’s so easy to think that the longer we are a Christian, the stronger our faith is. But unless we spend time with Christ and His Word, we will still be like babies.
    I need to grow more steady even though God has seen me through many trials.
    Saw you at the Darling Dairies link up but I’m in the US.

    • Janis, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Yes, we all need to be growing in our understanding of Christ and His Word so we won’t stay babies and so we won’t get stuck somewhere along the way. Blessings!

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