What Does it Mean to Think Theologically?

Know God, Know Truth


A speaker or teacher might say an issue is theological or that it's important to think theologically about a certain matter. While their suggestions are well-intended, many people struggle to understand what it means to be theologically minded. Dr. Harry L. Reeder III the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama, sheds light on what it means to have a godly, truth-seeking mindset. 


2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,17that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



Harry said all truth is God’s truth, and to know God is to know truth. The Bible is true, but doesn’t hold all truth. Instead, it provides a foundation for interpreting truth. 

Why did Harry say to know God is to know truth? What does that mean?
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According to Harry, how does the Bible provide a foundation for interpreting truth? How does 2 Timothy 3:16–17 contribute to Harry’s point?
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Did this conversation about theology offer you new insights into how you approach Scripture and truth? If so, how? How could you apply theological thinking to your study of the Bible this week?
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Thinking theologically is the pursuit of God and truth. As you study Scripture, ask God to speak to you and guide you to truth. Use the Bible as a lens through which you view all other truth. 


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