Dictionary, Theology

Define: Theology

Theology

Merriam-Webster

noun

1 : the study of religious faith, practice, and experience; especially : the study of God and of God’s relation to the world

Scripture

Define: TheologyAnd He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’” (Matthew 22:37)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

“Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” (John 17:17)

The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:8)

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)

Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you. (1 Timothy 4:15-16)

But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:14-16)

Quotes

“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.” (Got Questions?, p 278)

“It [theology] refers to not only God but to all that God has revealed to us in sacred Scripture.” ~ RC Sproul (“Everyone’s A Theologian”)

“The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

“Theology teaches of God, is taught by God, and leads to God.” ~ Thomas Aquinas

“Knowing the right information about God is just one way we authenticate our Christianity. Intentionally or consistently err in the vital facts about God, and you jeopardize the veracity of your claim truly to know God.” ~ Jared Wilson

“Purposeful theological study of God, as an expression of love for God, cannot help but deepen our love for God.” ~ Jared Wilson

“Doctrine is meant to amaze you with the sheer power and magnitude of God. It amazes you with the sheer sinfulness of mankind. It bewilders you with your own insignificance before God, and yet your sheer significance in his plan of redemption. It moves you with the incredible mercy of God as expressed in sending his Son to die for you. The more you know of God, the more you can worship God and the more you will want to worship God. What you learn of God should always motivate your worship. And again, the more you know of God, the warmer the heart behind your worship and the deeper the expression of your worship.” ~ Tim Challies

“To know God is to know love; to know God is to equip yourself to act in love. Your love for God is limited by your knowledge of him, so that you can really only love him as far as you know him. As the depth of your knowledge grows, so too does the depth of your love. This is why the study of doctrine cannot be the pursuit of dry facts, but facts that lead to living knowledge of God and growing love for God. When you know doctrine, you prepare yourself to live in ways that express love to him and to others.” ~ Tim Challies

“The purpose of theology is not to tickle our intellects but to instruct us in the ways of God, so that we can grow up into maturity and fullness of obedience to Him. That is why we engage in theology.” ~ RC Sproul (“Everyone’s A Theologian”)

“Theology, properly speaking, is the study of God. As Christians, we are called to know God as He has revealed Himself to us. Therefore, in order to be students of theology, we must be students of His Word.” ~ Burk Parsons

A Narrow-Minded Woman Articles

What is Theology?

Classifications of Theology

11 Reasons to Study Theology

What is required to properly study theology?

Other References and Articles

Define: TheologyTheopedia: Theology

Got Questions: What is the definition of theology?

Jared Wilson: Why Theological Study Is for Everyone

Tim Challies: 6 Great Reasons To Study Doctrine

Behold Your God
An excellent group or personal study that I highly recommend.

RC Sproul: Everyone’s A Theologian (book)

Ligonier: Why Theology is Necessary

Ligonier: Theology and Doxology

Burk Parsons: Theology in Perspective

John H. Gerstner: Every Man Must be a Theologian

William S. Plumer: Theology for the People

John Samson: Systematic Theology Matters

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