Doctrinal Position Catechism I

Question 1. What is the importance of theology, and why is it crucial to the life of the church?

Answer: Every human being is born with an innate sense of their Father and Creator, the one true God. Every human being must eventually ask and answer the question of God. In this, every person becomes a theologian. In the pursuit of Christian theology, we attempt to determine our proper confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This Christian theology informs the right worship of Christ by his body. It tells us who he is, and therefore, who we ought to be (Gen 1:17, Romans 6:6) and what we ought to do (Mark 12:30-31). As we study who God has revealed himself to be though his Son, we examine which truths are central to faith and practice. The study of Christian Theology connects us to the catholic church, that heritage of believers.

Question 2. What does it mean to confess that Christ is the Word of God, and how does this inform our affirmation that Christian theology must always be both propositional and personal?

Answer: Jesus Christ is himself the Word of God (John 1:1), who has existed from eternity past. Christ does not come as a disembodied word but as the word enfleshed. Christ is a personal Savior (1 John 5:20) and assumes the flesh that he came to save (Phil. 2:7). In the Incarnation of Christ, Jesus is fully God and fully man (Col. 2:9). And because he came in this way, we see God’s Son, the true word, but he also speaks to us. Without this speech we could discern a God but not the God—the Triune God.

Question 3. How would you define systematic theology, and what are its particular contributions to the church’s theological vocation?

Answer: Systematic Theology is the church’s attempt to provide a self-consistent witness of the Christian faith. It critically assesses the beliefs of those within the church today and determines their importance. In determining beliefs, some are found to be so foundational (dogma) that without affirming them, one falls outside the realm of orthodox Christian belief. All of this belief is interconnected and important to the gospel message. Through theology we plumb the depth of this connection and relate it to a new generation of believers.