Thursday, January 16, 2014

Using Your Mind

...always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. (1 Peter 3:15b ESV) 
And when [Apollos] wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus. (Acts 18:27-28 ESV)
Tonight I studied systematic theology with some other ministers at Abney Street Church of God.  Pastor Jack A.C. Lawrence instructed us.  It was a fun evening; I enjoy sharpening my mind.

Christianity is a matter of the heart, yes, but it is also a matter of the mind.  It is reasonable.  It is rational.  It is logical.  It is defensible.  

One great problem that I see when I survey evangelical Christianity today is the lack of emphasis on education.  When Joel Osteen pastors the largest church in America you know there is a problem.  We are light on education, on instruction, on—yes, I'll say it—indoctrination.  

Pastors have a great responsibility to teach their Christians that ordinary believers can understand the deep things of God, that they can be enlightened by their Faith and that they can articulate the religion they espouse.