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How do you think theology will impact your discipleship, ministry, and beliefs?

Post by Jacob Gulka on Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:53 pm

As I study this in-depth theology I believe I there are two possible paths that I could take. One outcome is least preferred, being to only accumulate knowledge. In academics an outcome to studies is accumulation of knowledge. As a graduate I find it very enticing to understand the order of reality whether of the universe, philosophy, or theology. Discovery is exciting and should be encouraged; however, to not use one’s knowledge can lead to dreadful ends. One can get “puffed up” and simply be “book smart”.
I desire to avoid this. I would like my theology of the Gospel to transform my mind so that I become what the scriptures say. Where they talk about God’s goodness and pleasures I want to experience such. As I learn practically of the goodness of God and His Gospel I want to transmit, to pour into other men to do the same, using and not merely hoarding their wisdom. As I disciple and minister to others I want to have a thorough and systematic understanding of my beliefs so that I can communicate it to believers and nonbelievers. This is the second outcome which is preferred.
I trust that this study will empower me study academically and also train up others in the faith.
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Re: How do you think theology will impact your discipleship, ministry, and beliefs?

Post by hstrelow on Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:21 pm

Jacob Gulka wrote:As I study this in-depth theology I believe I there are two possible paths that I could take.  One outcome is least preferred, being to only accumulate knowledge.  In academics an outcome to studies is accumulation of knowledge.  As a graduate I find it very enticing to understand the order of reality whether of the universe, philosophy, or theology.  Discovery is exciting and should be encouraged; however, to not use one’s knowledge can lead to dreadful ends.  One can get “puffed up” and simply be “book smart”.  
I desire to avoid this.  I would like my theology of the Gospel to transform my mind so that I become what the scriptures say.  Where they talk about God’s goodness and pleasures I want to experience such.  As I learn practically of the goodness of God and His Gospel I want to transmit, to pour into other men to do the same, using and not merely hoarding their wisdom.  As I disciple and minister to others I want to have a thorough and systematic understanding of my beliefs so that I can communicate it to believers and nonbelievers.  This is the second outcome which is preferred.    
I trust that this study will empower me study academically and also train up others in the faith.

I relate deeply with your response. When I first began studying theology a couple of years ago, I found myself easily seeking knowledge instead of seeking Jesus. It was no surprise that a couple of months later, I was filled with pride. Once I saw this fruit, I became afraid of theology because I believed it was bound to puff up. After the reading, I feel like I can enter into this space with a new lens. I am looking forward, like you are, to seeing Jesus and letting the Gospel transform my heart and mind. Thank you so much for sharing this!
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