Each Monday, I give a brief overview of a chapter from my book, followed by a series of questions. I invite you to respond to some or all of these questions, or give additional comments on the chapter that my questions don’t address. My only rules are that you’ve actually read the chapter and that your answers are brief. Okay, off we go!
Chapter Four: Theology Shift
Theology, by definition, is the study of God. And how we know God frames everything else that we will ever understand about life. The question is, how can we know God? We looked at three ways we can know Him. We also looked at how Jesus defines God for us. Then we pulled the curtain back on a lot of our assumptions about God.
“Salvation was not a legal transaction made in some heavenly courtroom to satisfy an angry judge, it was a rescue mission planned in the heart of a loving Father.” (p. 104 , Kindle loc. 1699)
Finally, we looked at how God is first and foremost about relationship, therefore our theology must address issues of the heart. Here’s a summary statement about Theology Shift:
“This Theology Shift, then, is moving away from filling our heads with information about God, to enlarging our hearts in God. It’s the difference between knowing how to accumulate more facts about God and learning how to experience more of Him.” (p. 108, Kindle loc. 1780)
- How does interpreting God and Scripture through the lens of Jesus Christ affect your reading of Scripture? Understanding the Old Testament? What do we do with stories that seem to contradict the nature of Christ?
- The author deconstructs what he calls myths and distortions about our view of God as Father. Why do you think it’s important not to pit the Father against Jesus, or the idea that God is angry and can’t look at sin, or that the Father abandoned Jesus on the cross? How might these popular teachings negatively affect our view of God and our relationship with Him?
- The author makes a big point about the incarnation of Christ in regard to why Jesus came to save us. Why is this important?
- Why do you think it’s important to know that God is relational before anything else? How would this change the way we relate to God? How would this help against assaults on our faith?
- Why is it important to see theology as heart-based theology (with our mind renewed in the truth as our anchor)? How can art better help us see the beauty as well as the majesty of God?
- The author makes the point that our theology must work in our everyday life. How might this help us see if we’re learning the right things about God?
If these questions didn’t address something you think is important, please add it in your comments. If you would like to make any comments offline, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Now, it’s your turn!