Paul writes – Warning – Long Post.
A fundamental Christian recognition is that “disciples are learners.”
Back in 1971 Findley Edge saw a great need for the church to become a mature community, conscious of its identity and purpose: ‘It is imperative that we become a people who understand who we are, who God is, what God is about in the world and what God is calling us to be about in the world.’
Stanley Grenz and Roger Olson helpfully write that “Christian theology is reflecting on and articulating the God-centred life and beliefs that Christians share as followers of Jesus Christ, and it is done in order that God may be glorified in all Christians are and do.” There is much in this definition that commends it.
“Doing theology can assist the local church to become a community of biblically formed and socially responsive Christians, continually engaged in discerning the presence and call of God to them and, both individually and collectively, responding in worship and service. These are the characteristics of a healthy church and these should be the objectives of theological work within local church communities.”
“The most crucial ingredient in this vision of a church is the notion of being biblically formed.”
“A biblically formed community is, then, one, which seeks to be indwelt by Christ’s word and spirit, its life formed by his will and way.”
“There are several questions which can serve as criteria to guide a theologically aware Christian community. The church should continually be asking itself:
· Where is Christ moving in our situation?
· What is God saying to us, now?
· What is the Spirit calling us to take notice of, to respond to, to discover or do, in conformity with Christ?
· What then shall we do—individually, collectively and cooperatively?”