A few months ago I wrote a post entitled “I love Systematic Theology.” Yes, I know, theology can be dreaded or get a bad reputation. Some of the reasons for slamming theology are unfair or exaggerated, but some of the reasons are indeed deserved. However – just because theology can be done badly, doesn’t mean it can’t also be done well. I had a theology professor in seminary that made theology immensely practical and relevant to life and modern culture. But I hesitate to mention seminary, because it can give the impression that studying theology is only for higher level learning or academic types. That is not so. Theology is for everyone!
Some brief books written for everyday Christians on theology are: Concise Theology by JI Packer -and- Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem.
The publisher’s description of Packer’s book states:
Theology matters! At last it can be understood easily, thanks to this “layman’s language” approach to biblical belief.
While a description of Grudem’s book states:
God doesn’t call every Christian to go off to seminary, but there are certain matters of doctrine—that is, the church’s teaching—that every Christian simply must know. Theology is important because what we believe affects how we live…Wayne Grudem is a master teacher with the ability to explain profound truths in simple language.
What we believe affects how we live. Yet, too many Christians really don’t know what they believe, and are living their life on a shaky foundation. Don’t let that be you. Here is a brief 2 minute video on the importance of studying theology.