With this first week of posts, I’m just trying to establish what to expect. I am excited to be writing on these different areas on a regular basis, and I hope it becomes a joy to read them.
So what will Think Thursday be all about?
In 1 Timothy, Paul challenges his young protege to keep sharp and trained in the way and the content of his thoughts. The defense of the Gospel against false teachers and false beliefs was of immense importance. The culture of Timothy’s day and the culture we find ourselves in are very much the same. People in the dark. like staying in the dark. People in the light (the Good News in Christ Jesus), want to shine and treasure that light in the face of the darkness. The advice to Timothy is something we need to hear as well:
If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness…Keep a close watch on yourself and the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4:6-7, 16
We need to be trained and we need to be watchful of our lives and our doctrine. We need to think about it. We need to have clear in our minds what we believe, why we believe it, and what implications it has on everything.
This is not just for knowledge to store in our brains, this is knowledge that transforms.
I want these posts on Thursday to ask the question, What do you think?… Do you know what you believe? Do you have solid Biblical understanding as to why? Do you see the implications of your life and doctrine? I will pursue this by asking the questions of myself and sharing my answers.
God wants us to be concerned about our thinking and our doctrine. It matters…not for being right or self-righteous…but for rightly knowing Him and seeing what he desires of us. We need to be self-reflective and willing to learn. Growth will be a result. True unity will be a result as well.
So many say that doctrine divides. This is true. However, doctrine should be what unites us in our gospel communities. We may find that God, and our understanding of Him, separates us from others in this world. We should not think that is a problem. It is inevitable. Yet, we are also taught that we shouldn’t be satisfied with the separation, but try with all our might and minds to see others join us. The goal is not peace among all peoples and beliefs….but peace among all who are in Christ.
This Article by Tim Challies helps us here. We need to see that teaching and understanding doctrine is a ministry of unity.
Whereas Tuesday will be more about the Bible and the Truth therein, Thursday will be about the application of that truth in our minds and lives.