Saturday, 29 August 2009

How theology should be done

Knowing God - Theology made relevant in Discipleship today
IDMC 2009 @ Covenant EFC


Session 5 - How theology should be done

Introduction
- the architecture of theology (biblical, systematic, relevant, contemporary, practical, ref. M.Erickson)
- defining the theological task

How theology should be done: Back to basics

A. The necessity of theological vision
- the cultivation of a right and high view of God
- developing a theological framework (3 anchors - God is good; God is in control; God will bring it to pass)

B. The necessity of theological foundation
- the thinkability of God is a grand and profound notion
- divine revelation as the key to theology!

C. The necessity of theological contemplation
- at the heart of theology is thinking more godly about God
- theology leads to doxology!

D. The necessity of theological pedagogy
- theology must be pedagogical
- the narrative as a profound theological pedagogy

E. The necessity of theological holism
- theological holism is integrating truth with life
- four basic building blocks to holistic theological integration (orthodoxy, orthopraxis, orthokardia, orthokoinonia)

F. The necessity of theological humility
- theology as an unfinished task
- theology as a holistic task (ref. G.Cole "Thinking Theologically")

Conclusion
- the need for theological leadership (Jer 9:23-24; Jn 17:3)

Quotes
The chief task (of theologizing) ... takes us to grand discovery of the very heart of God - that we might meaningfully and gratefully worship Him in every arena of life.
Theology leads to doxology; thinking about God leads to knowing and loving Him.
God is good; God is in control; God will bring it to pass.
Knowledge puffs up, but theology that is done well humbles.

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