Theology – the study of the nature of God and religious belief
Journey – act of traveling from one place to another
Anyone who follows Jesus will eventually notice that their faith changes. In the same way a person matures as a physical human we mature on our spiritual journey.
Many Christians are glad that they haven’t changed theologically for years or decades. That says that these people seem to have God all figured out despite the Scriptures clearly teaching “How great is God — beyond our understanding!” and “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
I used to be one of those people too.
This is the first in a series of posts that will discuss where God has brought my faith and theology. I may not even agree with what I’m writing a year from now, but this is where I’m at.
I grew up in a typical 90’s youth group with a volunteer youth pastor who loved us and did his best at teaching me how to follow Jesus. He was active in our lives outside of what he taught and that made a huge impact in our lives.
Our church did have some blinders on though.
If you came to our church on Sundays (not youth group Wednesdays) you would probably leave feeling that these were the two commandments:
“Don’t drink, don’t chew and don’t run around with those that do.”
“Read your Bible, pray everyday.”
And that was what made me an arrogant know-it-all evangelical. It was simple and I felt like I knew it all. It gave me a false sense of superiority.
There were two events that shook me and humbled me into realizing I didn’t have it all figured out: a flight home from Texas and a few days in the Sacramento area.
We’ll get into that tomorrow as well as open and close handed theology…
Until then, take a moment to pray and ask God if your faith and theology have stayed the same for too long and get ready to hopefully have your journey take a new path too.