“If you do not listen to theology, that will not mean you have no ideas about God, rather it will mean you have a lot of wrong ones.” — C.S. Lewis
The following is an excerpt from 4 Most Common Comments from “Regular People” about Studying Theology by Eric Geiger, Senior Pastor of Mariners Church in Orange County, CA.
In the summer of 2020, I led an online theology class for people in the church I pastor. I was blown away that over 1,000 people engaged in the class, asked thoughtful questions, and walked through the material each week. We used a theological textbook as our reading, and explored a different “ology” each week: Bibliology (study of the Bible), Christology (study of Christ), Soteriology (study of salvation), Pneumatology (study of the Spirit), and so on. There were four overarching comments I heard from people in our church after teaching them theology for eight weeks.
1. Theology impacts me every day.
2. I have a better and deeper understanding of what I believe.
3. Thinking about God is richer in community.
4. The reading was too much for “a normal person.”
The experience in summer of 2020 led to conversations with my good friend Ed Stetzer on how we can help people in our churches study theology in a more accessible way. Ed and I have been working on a Bible study for groups and churches that we will be releasing with the Rooted Network this fall. I am excited to share more in coming days!
You can read what Eric wrote about each of these four points on his ministry leadership blog.
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Eric Geiger is the Senior Pastor of Mariners Church in Irvine, California. He has authored or co-authored several books including the best-selling church leadership book, Simple Church.