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We all have it.

January 16, 2009

For: The Institute of Contemporary and Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephen’s University, Essentials Blue Online Worship Theology course with Dan Wilt

There is something we all have.

We carry it with us, deleting from it, adding to it, &  making revisions. Whether we want it or not, we have it.

What we think of God. What we think about God.

Each of us have thoughts, ideas and concepts of God. Who He is or isn’t. How God pertains to our lives. Our beliefs about Him. We may or may not be able to give a brief summary, write a paper or book on it, but we all have thoughts, ideas and concepts of God.

There is a word for this:  theology.

How we live our lives can’t help but be influenced by our theology – what we think about God.

Theology shows itself over time, in the way we live, the way we relate, the way we communicate and in the way we worship.¹

Where do my beliefs about God come from?

Have you every asked yourself that question? If you have, then you know the torrent of questions that follow it. There is no easy or quick answer. Once you set out to answer that question, you begin a journey that can continue for the rest of your life.

For me that journey means reading the bible and moving beyond what the words say. Reading the bible and understanding what it means AND learning how to live the meaning out in my own life. My journey includes asking questions of those who are living out the life of a Christ follower as well as learning from the lives of Christ followers who have lived before me.

This journey is not a question to gain more knowledge. If that is what it turns into, then I’ve missed  a crucial part of this journey. It’s a path I’ve chosen to take because I want my life to be one that is pleasing to God. I desire to be a good and faithful servant with all that God has entrusted me with.

Good friend, take to heart what I’m telling you;collect my counsels and guard them with your life.

Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom;
set your heart on a life of Understanding.
That’s right—if you make Insight your priority,
and won’t take no for an answer,
Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold,
like an adventurer on a treasure hunt,
Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours;
you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.

And here’s why: God gives out Wisdom free,
is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding.
He’s a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well,
a personal bodyguard to the candid and sincere.
He keeps his eye on all who live honestly,
and pays special attention to his loyally committed ones.

So now you can pick out what’s true and fair,
find all the good trails!

Proverbs 2:1-9 (The Message)

Theology, we all have it. What are you going to do with yours?

¹Dan Wilt, Essentials in Worship Theology (PDF from essentials *blue, Studies in Worship Theology and Biblical Worldview), p.3

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