Wayne Grudem was an interesting man to listen to. He is a professor at Phoenix Seminary. His study of the Bible is amazing and listening to him talk about the Bible is something I could probably do all day. His attention to details and facts was astounding. I loved listening to him.
I think what I liked most about Professor Grudem is that he was such a down to earth humble guy. We had a time of Q & A after he spoke and his answers to questions were articulate. His focus is Jesus and when he speaks, he points it all back to Jesus. It was amazing.
His topic was Theology and the Surge. I had two take aways from this talk. My biggest take away from was theology changes lives. He referenced Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. The priests were given the task of teaching the people about God and they stopped doing their job. They had ceased talking about God and so the people were losing focus and destroying their lives.
My next take away was when he referenced 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. He warns the Corinthians to be watchful against questioning the validity of God’s Word. to stand strong in their faith in God, and to act like men who are willing to face things that came at them. But to make sure they had love. Love is crucial to the gospel. I’m not doing it justice I know, but it hit me hard.
Here were some of the points that stuck with me
- Good theology leads to good decisions. Bad theology will lead to bad decisions.
- God created all men in His image endowed by their Creator with the right to life, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. God gives us those rights, not man. Government secures those rights given by God.
- Genuine religious faith cannot be compelled.
- Paul didn’t back down from the uncomfortable conversations and topics and unpopular issues. There was not cowardice in his presentation of the gospel. I should be willing to take the criticism.
- Sound doctrine alone will not guarantee a ministry that brings glory to God.
- Sound doctrine will not keep a church straight and strong. There must be love.
Often times I forget the love aspect of the gospel. It’s easy to get caught up in the semantics and details and forget that those are not the things Christ died for. He died for love. His love for us led Him to the cross. His love. The theology that God loved us, sent His Son to earth of a virgin birth, who went to the cross to take our place in the punishment of sin, who died and three days later came back to life and ascended to Heaven all for the purpose of making us acceptable to Heaven is worth talking about. That theology has changed my life.