What do we understand about the Bible? Beyond a few Bible, “stories”, what is known of the Word of God? Knowledge of Bible doctrine and commandments, not Church doctrine and commands is greatly needed. We need people teaching and preaching God and His word along with his precepts and principles. Because when we don’t, people will deviate away from the gospel truth into areas that fit their fancy.
Dan Kimball: Teaching New Generations Theology, Apologetics Can Stop Mistaken Views of Jesus, Church, Bible
Upcoming generations must be taught theology and apologetics as a priority so they do not end up having a mistaken view of the Bible, the church and Jesus, says Dan Kimball, who leads the teaching and mission ministries at California’s Vintage Faith Church.
“I am convinced that besides prayer, the most important thing we need to focus on with new generations is teaching theology and apologetics,” writes Kimball, author of Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus in the Mess of Organized Religion, on his Facebook page.
“Without understanding doctrine and beliefs, everything else can wander into mistaken understandings of the Bible, church, Christianity and even create versions of Jesus that may not align with what we read of Jesus in the Bible,” warns the staff of the Santa Cruz church.
Kimball, who was a leading voice in the beginning years of the Emerging Church movement in the United States, stresses that one’s interactions in relationships, decision-making and many other important things in life are shaped by what she or he believes. “But this all happens in the context of a local church and in community as spiritual formation is not done in isolation.”
The teaching of doctrine and theology cannot be effective unless the leaders live out what they believe and teach it with humility, he adds. “As we teach doctrine and theology it must be done with humility, openness and absolute respect to other ways of looking at more minor doctrines or opinions that fall within historical orthodoxy but may be different than our own.”
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