How Important is Studying Theology?

Episode 415 Show Notes 

From the Show

The word theology just means the study of God. We can't love, embrace, or even experience and serve a God we don't really know. The first question and answer of the Westminster Shorter Catechism says "the chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever." Well if that's true, and it is, then theology (sound theology) is the most practical subject we can ever explore.

—Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. In the Bible it says we need to give an account for every thought, word, and deed? If there is no condemnation in Christ, why do we need to give an account for that? And what kind of account do we have to give?

2. At the institution of the Lord's supper, Jesus said, "this is my body," and "this is my blood," in reference to the bread and wine. So, are we eating the actual body and blood of Christ when we partake of the Lord's supper?

3. Why do you think studying theology is practical?

4. How can I have a close relationship with God? When I was part of a church that ministered to widows, I was amazed at how close some of them seemed to God. They just seemed to have a strong love and sense of his care for them. What do you think makes for a close relationship with God? 

5. Does the Bible have anything to say about cremation?

Resources

Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Michael Horton

Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton

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