“People are not going to be impressed by our theological grasp, but they may be impressed by our expressions of practical godliness.”Alistair Begg
I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote because it is so true. Unfortunately, many doctrinally sound churches miss its truth, and favor head knowledge over a truly lived-out understanding of the gospel.
Don’t get me wrong, we need to have an understanding of what we believe and why we believe it. Doctrine matters. Immensely! But if that knowledge never transfers into our hearts and lives, it is useless. Nobody cares if you know the five solas and what every letter in TULIP stands for if you are a jerk in your day-to-day life. Nobody cares that you’ve read Calvin’s Institutes four times if you treat your family like dirt. Nobody cares that you read fifty theological books each year if you never live as though you believe what you know.
Am I making myself clear? It’s great to have theological understanding. In fact, understanding of the basics is vital to a healthy Christian life. But let’s be mindful that our growing knowledge, no matter how robust or how fledgling it may be, doesn’t cause us to place ourselves upon a perch of our own design, looking down on others who are less theologically awesome than we are. Because the reality is, we aren’t theologically awesome. Nope, not one of us. So let’s pray that God would give us a right grasp of who we are and, more importantly, who He is. That is when we begin to see our intellectual knowledge lived out in real life. And that, that place where the rubber meets the road, is what counts.
Okay, I’ll climb down from my soapbox now so we can sit back and enjoy the week in review (kind of):
- An interesting anecdote about Calvin’s commentary on Corinthians.
- On wisdom.
- Things like this are so interesting.
- The Green Bay Packers turned 100 years old last Sunday! These photos of the team through the century were fun .
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- Yes, Christians get discouraged.
- It’s important that we learn and remember history.
- School is starting, and measles could be on the rise. (Vaccinate!)
- How fun! Don’t miss this clip of Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance reminiscing.
Nothing helps more powerfully against the devil, the world, the flesh, and all evil thoughts than occupying oneself with God’s Word, having conversations about it, and contemplating it.Martin Luther