I along with many of you have heard preachers say things like, “the theologians say this or that.” Often make reference to a particular text even insinuating that theologians over think or are wrong in their interpretation of a text.

Unfortunately, most are uneducated and are only quoting something someone else has said or quoting a book. This is so unfortunate because had they taken the time to understand what theology is or better yet is not they would realize we are all theologians.

Yes, I said that!

You see according to Foundations of Pentecostal Theology, theology is the study of God and the relations between God and the universe; the study of religious doctrines and matters of divinity. A specific form or system of this study.

In simple terms a theologian is one that uses a system to study God. If you are Christian that actually studies the scriptures in order to better know God guess what you are a theologian.

Diligent means to work, so the scriptures state we are to work at studying God’s Word!

I believe one of the biggest issues today with the Christian world is the lack of study of God’s Word. Years ago, I taught at a church’s bible college and they largest enrollment of all the classes was How to Study the Bible.

Today, I encourage you to take the time to first open the Bible. Second, read it and then began to study the word. Get a concordance, dictionary and a good commentary to help study.

Then put into action what you have learned, you theologians!

Grace #3

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been writing about grace. First, we talked about saving grace and next we talked about sanctifying grace. This week I want us to look at empowering grace.

In the Hebrews text it says, “let us have grace by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and Godly fear.”

Grace enables us to serve God. I remember growing up hearing preachers talk about Paul and the thorn in the flesh, commenting on God’s grace is sufficient. There was always an implication that Paul just had to endure the thorn. Not so!

God’s grace is sufficient simply means God’s power is enough to overcome. God empowers us to run our race, live holy and serve Him with our gifts.

Grace is a force as well as favor, a verb as well as a noun!

Grace is exactly that a force that God gives us to be overcomers.

I hope these blogs have been beneficial to you. God Bless!

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Grace Part 2

Grace as stated in last week’s blog is Gods unmerited favor. In other words, we did not earn salvation, but God gave it to us as we receive it by faith. This week I want us to look at Titus and how Grace teaches us.

We’ve all heard messages either refuting sloppy grace or embracing an anything goes grace. Both are religous!

The thought that grace is a license to sin is a false teaching because grace as we see it in Titus teaches us to live holy.

I like what one commentary says, “The prerequisite to godly living is the grace of God. It teaches Christians discipleship and affords them the blessed hope of the coming of the Lord.”

We have been made holy to live holy lives. God’s grace teaches us to do good works not to earn salvation, but because we are free from sinful behavior and free to do good things for God.

This is the privilege and inheritance of God’s people, not a harsh law to be followed and fulfilled. Holy living is a response of God’s chosen and special people to the redeeming love and immeasurable grace of Jesus Christ.

The bottom line is by His Grace we can live Holy Lives not trying to earn our salvation but receiving it!

Next week we will talk about the empowering grace of God.