Over the past six years I’ve lived in Boise, Idaho, an area that is predominately Mormon. Before this, however, I lived for 26 years in the greater Seattle, Washington area. While Boise’s predominate religions are Mormonism and Catholicism, in Seattle the most highly followed religions are liberal Christianity, Atheism (although some would argue that it’s not a religion), and New Age/Occultism. The difference in these cities couldn’t be starker. The variety of views throughout the United States and world regarding the person and work of Christ is massive. Many people view Christ as either a “good person”, prophet, or teacher. Jesus is all of those things to be sure, but He is so much more. Consider in the Gospel of John alone. Seven times John uses the “I Am” statement in reference to describe an aspect of who He is. All of the world’s religions except biblical Christianity diminish some aspect of the deity of Christ. Biblical Christianity stands on who the Bible proclaims who Jesus is and what He has done. While the deity of Christ doesn’t say everything about who Jesus is and what He’s done it does articulate a crucial aspect of Jesus work. The deity of Christ proclaims that Jesus is fully God and fully man. We know this because Jesus taught it, the Apostles proclaimed it and the early church defended and contended for the deity of Christ. The Church throughout its history has also proclaimed, defended and contended for this truth.
In this issue of Theology for Life, we are going to explore the person and work of Christ. Theologians use the fancy word “Christology” to express this truth. As we explore the person and work of Christ you’ll learn why a fully rounded understanding of Christology is so important, not only from Scripture, but also from church history, and how this doctrine relates to your life. A robust and biblical understanding of the person and work of Christ is absolutely essential to a healthy Christian Church, the Christian life, and to the spread of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In this magazine issue, you’ll learn not only how the person and work of Christ is under attack, but also how Jesus is fully God and fully man, the incarnation of Christ, and other biblical topics beneﬁcial to your Christian growth. As you read this magazine, we encourage you to share the Issue with your friends. We also encourage you to provide feedback on the articles, or submit questions. Thank you for reading and supporting the work of Theology for Life. We also want to especially thank our partners, B&H Publishing and Beeson Divinity School, for their partnership with Theology for Life. My prayer is that the person and work of Jesus Christ would become more precious to your heart, mind, and soul as you absorb the words printed here.
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Coming October 31 is our second Issue of Theology For Life on the person and work of Jesus Christ titled “Christology: Christ, the Church, and the Christian Life“. This issue will help you to not only understand what the Bible teaches about this vital topic but also to be equipped to answer objections to this doctrine. I encourage you to read our second issue Friday October 31 and be encouraged, but for now I hope you’ll enjoy our giveaway sponsored by our friends at Crossway, B&H Academic and Dutton Adult and please encourage your friends and family to check out our second issue of Theology For Life Magazine.
The books being given away are three copies of Truth in a Culture of Doubt, one copy of Edwards on the Christian Life, one copy of God’s Design for man and woman, one copy of The Stories We Tell and two copies of Tim Keller’s new book on Prayer. There are eight books in total available and there will be eight winners.
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When I was a teenager, I feel in love with theology. I had come home from a high school summer camp and was riding a spiritual high. I resolved at that camp that I was going to grow in my knowledge of God’s Word and so determined I would go to the church library after youth group service that following Sunday to pick up some books to read toward that end. I began this journey and came to discover that I truly loved theology. People often asked me during this time (and do today), what kind of theology I like. My consistent answer to that question is, “I love all of it!” I read so much and so often during my high school years that the church librarian began to give me the pick of the books as they were donated by people in the church. She then started giving me books stating, “With the way you read you’re going to seminary.” Here almost twenty years after that event, I am still reading and consuming theology and serving the Lord.
We live in a world where many are greatly confused about what they believe, why it matters and how to live based on those beliefs. In the Boise (Idaho) area, there are Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, and many Christians who have replaced their local church with a coffee shop. In ministering to the saints over the years, in a variety of capacities, I have often come to discover that when Christians talk about theology, they are not always as clear as they should be in their understanding of it (or in their communications regarding it). Speaking clearly and in the proper doctrinal and theological categories does not mean you’re a “know-it-all”, it means that you’re seeking to love the Lord with all of your heart, mind, and strength.
The Reformers and Puritans sought to ground God’s people in His Word. They did this because they knew that when God’s people focus on how they feel above what God has declared in His Word, they will be misled by their own feelings instead of Truth. Christians are a people who live not by how they feel, but from the objective standard of God’s Word, which is authoritative for faith and practice.
We live in a day when our greatest need as believers is to ground our lives in the truth of His Word. His Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our paths that sets us on the pathway of righteousness and life everlasting. As you’ll learn in this first issue of Theology for Life Magazine, to ask and answer the question, “What is theology?” is not just for the ivory towers of academia, but to inform and guide all of our Christian lives. Theology is for all of life because all of our lives are lived before the sovereign gaze of an all-knowing and all-powerful Lord.
As you take up and read this issue it is my prayer that not only would your knowledge and understanding of God’s Word increase, but that your passion to worship and delight in Him would soar as it did with me those two decades ago. Grow deep and wide in the grace of God, and watch as God uses you in amazing ways for His glory. This is my prayer for you as you read this magazine and continue in your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Contributors include: Brian Cosby, Mike Boling, Craig Hurst, Dave Jenkins, and Lane Keister.
Hello and Welcome to Theology for Life Magazine!
One of my main concerns about contemporary evangelicalism is that we are an inch deep and a mile wide. Christians should be growing deep and wide in the gospel. We do that by knowing what we believe, why it matters, and how to implement a biblical worldview into all of life. This is exactly why Theology for Life magazine exists.
We exist to help lay people to understand biblical and theological issues from a confessionally Reformed perspective. We’re not trying to be a theological encyclopedia, but to explain old truths and point people to the old paths to which our forefathers in the faith have held. In other words we want to be biblical, historical, personal, and practical. While this explains what we are seeking to do, I want you to understand why I feel burdened to start this magazine.
I spent five years in Bible College and seminary and almost my entire life has been spent in the church. I read quite a few books each year and see a huge need in the Church for resources written specifically for lay people. There are other good publications online like Themelios, which is directed more towards scholars. There is also Credo Magazine, but this publication is geared toward Bible College and seminary students. We exist not to take the place of any of these or other fine publications. Our purpose is to explain biblical and theological issues in easy to understand language without compromising any of the doctrinal or theological teaching behind them, thus enabling lay people to apply the truth of God’s Word and the teaching of the Church into their daily lives. Our purpose, as you can see, is to be biblical, while maintaining a pastoral feel with practical application. We want you to be not only hearers of the Word, but also “doers” of the Word. We desire that you gain knowledge and understanding for the purpose of being discerning. Every Christian is to be discerning, and in the issues of this magazine you’ll learn doctrinal and theological words that you may not have known before. Our goal is to uncomplicate these words by explaining them simply—no theological degree necessary.
I hope this explanation will encourage you to check out this magazine! Our prayer is that you would grow deep and wide in the grace of God, so that you may take what you learn here and share it with your friends, family members, and on your social media channels. Wherever you are in your walk with God, in relation to spiritual growth, knowledge, or experience, we believe that Theology for Life has something for you. I encourage you to read our first issue come Monday August 11th and be encouraged, but for now, I hope you’ll enjoy our book giveaway sponsored by our friends at Crossway and B&H and tell your friends about us as we prepare to launch this exciting new ministry.
The books being away are three copies of Theology For the Church, three copies of Women of the Word, one copy of The Wonder Working God, one copy of Taking God at His Word, and one copy Edwards on the Christian Life. There will be a total of nine winners for nine books. Enter the giveaway below through punchtab:
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