These words cause my heart to quicken and my mouth to salivate – topics near and dear to my heart. Areas that I am passionate about – talking about, learning about, growing in. And they are all inter-connected.
Bible reading and study lead us to develop our beliefs about God – our own theology and doctrines, what we believe about who God is and what He has done for us. This theology and belief about God is then worked out in how we live our daily lives, our own discipleship with Christ and teaching and discipling of others.
It seems that many American Christians are not actively involved in reading and studying their Bible. As a result, their theology and doctrine is weak. They don’t know what they believe and so are tossed about by the winds of the times, the beliefs that are prevalent in the society around them. Without knowing what they believe (and why) they are then unable to defend their beliefs to others. They do not grow in their Christian walk and as disciples of Christ. And thus are unable to disciple others in the faith.
We need to be reading the Bible and studying it! We need to be learning theology and doctrine, who God is and what we believe. These things are vital for the Christian to grow.