How to Engage in Theological Learning…
"…let the wise listen and add to their learning...The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction." - King Solomon (Proverbs 1:5, 7)
Theology means “studying about God.” It includes Bible reading, but you are usually investigating a certain subject, not just reading through a book of the Bible.
1. A great way to start is to listen for any questions you can think of regarding God, the Bible, your church’s beliefs, or Christianity in general. You can think of questions as you listen:
- in church
- Bible Study,
- youth group,
- in conversations you have or are listening to others have,
- in school,
- on the news,
2. Make a note of what your questions are.
3. Then, do a little research to answer that question. You can:
- ask your parents or friends what they think about the topic,
- talk to your pastor or youth pastor,
- look up relevant passages in the Bible, and
- look the topic up on the internet.
Don’t take just one person’s opinion. Try to get varied opinions so that you can look at the issue from as many different angles as possible. When you do, the truth will present itself to you…
…and your research will probably lead you to your next question, too!