I love theology, and because of this I often hear a common refrain from naysayers. It goes something like this:
‘Sure people found theology interesting back in the day, but Adam don’t you know it’s 2016? I mean, can’t we just do life without it? Doctrine just isn’t practical.’
This is a fair question, but the root of such a question comes from a false belief that says ‘Theology is impractical and irrelevant for my life.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. Why? 3 Reasons:
1) 2 Timothy 3:16-17 shows is the practical nature of theology saying, ‘All Scripture is breathed out by God and PROFITABLE for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God might be complete, equipped for every good work.’
Since the Bible is God-breathed, the Bible is profitable, and because the Bible is profitable there really is nothing more practical for your life than what it contains. It will teach you, rebuke you, comfort you, correct you, train you in righteousness, and equip you for anything that comes your way. Really the question isn’t whether or not theology is practical; the question is ‘Are you interested in being trained for righteousness?’ If you are, you’ll love the Bible, and will therefore love theology. If you’re not really that concerned about training in righteousness you won’t love the Bible and won’t love theology either.
2) Psalm 111:2 shows the practical nature of theology saying, ‘Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.’
The works of God are great and if we think they’re great our response to these great works will be a deep and rich study of them in order to know the God who did them. Notice how this verse links the two realities of deep study and delight together? This is no accident. Rich study of the great works of God lead to a deep delight in God.
3) Jeremiah 6:16 shows the practical nature of theology saying, ‘Stand by the roads and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.’
The duty of every Christian is to stand, look, and ask where ancient roads are, where the good way is that we should walk in. Once we have come to see that this ancient road and good way is only found in God’s Word, and walk in them, we’ll have rest for our souls.
It may sound simple but it’s true – theology is incredibly practical.