Thursday, September 6, 2007

Theology Needs the Church

And vice versa.
First, I am convinced that theology needs the church. The church is the community that God calls to bear witness to Jesus Christ. The work of theology is to serve the mission of the church. The primary task of the church is to preach the gospel, not produce theology. Second, I am convinced that the church needs good doctrine. If the church does not have intellectually rigorous theology, then its preaching of the gospel is vulnerable. It may be blown off course by the demands of contemporary culture and by the sin that is still in us.

-- Jonathan Wilson, For God So Loved the World: A Christology for Disciples

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