April 29, 2008

Everyone Must Be a Theologian – Part 1 – By Dr. John Gerstner

Posted in Bible Study, Christian life, Reformed Theology, Theology at 10:38 am by Dan Lowe

Building on my earlier post from Dr. Sinclair Ferguson’s book “The Christian Life”, Ligonier ministries is posting chapters from Dr. John Gerstner’s book “Theology For Everyman.”  I find it interesting how much his comments reflect the same thought as that of Dr. Ferguson’s…

“Christian laymen, the average persons sitting in the pew on a Sunday morning, sometimes think they need not be theologians. That, however, is a very great mistake. They do need to be theologians–at least they should be amateur theologians. In fact, that is the one vocation every man is obliged to follow. A layman does not need to be a plumber, a carpenter, a lawyer, a doctor, a teacher, a laborer, or a housewife. These are all possibilities, but not necessities. A layman may be one or the other of these as he chooses. But he must be a theologian. This is not an option for him, but a requirement!” (John Gerstner, “Theology for Everyman.”)

You can find the whole post here http://www.ligonier.org/blog/2008/04/everyone-must-be-a-theologian.html


1 Comment »

  1. In Doing theology, we are thinking about God. Who is He?, What is He?, What is He like, What does He intend for us? In the words of Jesus, ultimately, “Who do you say that I am?” Not just “who do the people say…” but “Who do YOU say….”
    If we are to worship God rightly, we must worship the God that is, as He is.
    No, He is not giving us an exam on theology, but the more I am in sync with reality in my worship, the more it will bear fruit of conforming me to that reality. We become like that which we worship (for example, if we worship God the merciful, we are likely to become more so ourselves. Likewise if we envision God as cruel and harsh). If I would become like reality, it is good to have thought deeply about that reality, about the I AM.

    Also, the comfort one obtains in times of crisis often comes according to our understanding. For me, the hour of my need is rarely the “teachable moment.” It is from pondering the ways, and the name of God before, that I can derive comfort now.

    Finally, as I wrote [url=http://rericsawyer.wordpress.com/2008/02/24/how-can-a-loving-god-damn-people-to-hell-a-response/]here[/url], our eternal destiny lies, not with an ability to pass a theology exam, but with our ability to accept God as He is, to accept what He has done, as He has done it; to not insist on my own understanding. To get a vision for the truth, and to see enough to understand my own blindness so that it may be healed is the thing.

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