A Healthy Church Member is a Biblical Theologian – Part Three
Deacons, as we finish this Mark of a Healthy Church Member I bring you two very important benefits of being a Biblical Theologian. These two benefits speak to me of the criticality of each of us taking the whole council of God into view as we study in single part of scripture.
As we begin to read the book of Hebrews we learn that God has spoken at many different times throughout history; He has done so in many different ways and to many different people. This tells us that God’s revelation of himself is spread out over a large range of texts. We have each of those texts in scripture, and therefore, in order to know the full revelation of God about himself we must take all the text of the bible into our purview.
The impact of this is that our erroneous ideas about God, which are caused by our misinterpretations of particular texts of scripture are corrected as those ideas are stood up against the entire council of God. When, as Church Members, we approach our theology in this matter, we provide a protection for the church.
We must remember that the scriptures were given to us so that we would not fall (1 Corinthians 10:11). As pastors and even church members study and teach as Biblical Theologians, they protect the church from error, silly myths and irreverent ideas about God (1 Timothy 4:1-7). The end result of this approach to biblical study and teaching is that God’s people are made wise unto salvation (2 Timothy 3:14-15).
Finally, as our commission is to make disciples of all the nations, in agreement with Anyabwile, I will state that we cannot easily or very well obey the command of Jesus if we do not have a strong biblical theology. Such theology gives a greater facility with the gospel . We need to see the unity of the bible in its proclamation of the gospel in order to be effective and true disciple makers.
I hope you will make being a Biblical Theologian a priority in your life.
God’s blessings, Mark
The basis for these writings on being a Healthy Church member are from Anyabwile,TThabiti M.What is a Healthy Church Member?. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 2008.