Theology involves people studying and learning about God. In one essence, as RC Sproul wisely titled one of his books, everyone is a theologian. Even those who reject God have learned about him and have made decisions based off of what they believe about him.
How would you describe your theology? Hopefully it is based off of what you learned about God in the Bible. In the church world today, there are two main “streams” of theology. Systematic theology focuses on certain topics and aims to use the Bible to describe and define them. Biblical Theology is less concerned with definitions of specific topics due to its emphasis on the whole story line of the Bible and how it fits together like a puzzle that points to Jesus.
Below is the quote from page 26 of Nick Roark and Robert Cline’s helpful 9Marks book titled Biblical Theology. I hope you read this quote and that it whets your appetite for the rest of this book. At the end of this blog post is a link to amazon where you can purchase it!
“Biblical theology attempts to read the whole story of the Bible and asks how each part relates to the whole. Biblical theology is a way of reading the Bible as one story by one divine author that culminates in who Jesus Christ is and what he has done, so that every part of Scripture is understood in relation to him. Biblical theology helps us understand the Bible as one big book with lots of little books that tell one big story. The Hero and centerpiece of that story, from cover to cover, is Jesus Christ.”