Summary: What is Reformed Theology and why is it important?

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Title: Reformed Theology Basics

Text: 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Q1. Why Study Reformed Theology

(1) It has an historical significance

One of the things we are often remiss in doing in the church is studying our history.

We tend to see things in the lens of our personal experience, rather than seeing how the things that we do and believe often have foundations that go back hundreds of years in history.

Illustration: "Peanuts" Charles Shultz, writer of the Peanuts cartoons, once made a telling observation in his strip. The character Lucy made the announcement that she was going to write a paper on church history. She began, "My preacher was born in 1942..."

Reformed Theology is an examination of the biblical teachings that were brought to the forefront during the Protestant Reformation.

Men like Martin Luther, John Huss, and John Wycliffe, all who were committed to the truth of the bible, stood against the false teachings of Rome, and sparked the movement that would permanently change the face of Christianity around the world.

Thus, we study these teachings because they give us a glimpse of our Protestant history and heritage.

(1) It has an historical significance

(2) It has a personal significance

This is a subject that is personally very close to my heart as a pastor.

First, because I believe it presents the most biblically and logically sound understanding of God.

It seeks to look at the entirety of Scripture, and not pick and choose certain portions, to arrive at a proper understanding of who God truly is.

Second, because it is the worldview that I hold to and teach from.

I believe that Reformed Theology is just another way of saying Biblical Theology, and I have been teaching from this perspective ever since I entered the pulpit as the pastor of this church.

Third, because I find that people tend to reject Reformed Theology primarily because of ignorance and/or allegiance to tradition.

I want to tell you, if you have never studied Reformed Theology before, it will certainly present you with ideas that will challenge your preconceived ideas about God and man.

Q2. What is Reformed Theology?

As I stated already, the designation Reformed Theology indicates that this is the faith that was fought for during the Protestant Reformation.

These are the doctrines that the church of Rome had suppressed, and rejected, yet were clearly biblical.

Something that we need to realize from the outset is that when we talk about Reformed Theology, we are talking about a theology, and NOT a religion.

But what's is difference?

Theology = the study of God (theocentric)

Religion = the expression of human behavior (anthropocentric)

Theology is strictly about who and what God is.

Religion is focused on how people behave - prayers, singing, sacrifice, worship - all expressions of human behavior.

NOTE: Many people are religious, yet they are void of a sound theology.

Muslims are some of the most religious people in the world, yet their expressions are based on a faulty understanding of God. Mormons are some of the most zealous in regards to their desire to proselytize new members to their movement, but their theology is askew.

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