Read Nick’s notes here.
Why a Concern for Sound Doctrine is Essential to Biblical Church Planting
and to Faithful Ministry in the Local Church
being A Joyful Defense and Declaration of the Necessity and Practicality of Systematic Theology
for the Life and Ministry of the Church
An Anti-doctrinal Age?
Why Dubiety of Doctrine Doesn’t Work
Misdiagnosing our culture, our problem, and the relation of Scripture and theology.
A Threefold Discussion
1. The very ideas of doctrine, theology, and systematic theology are under great duress in our own time.
2. Systematic theology is necessary, important, and, in fact, unavoidable.
3. Systematic theology (in general) and doctrine (in particular) are important for.
(1) To alert you to an unhealthy contemporary attitude—that doctrine, theology, and systematic theology are under great suspicion in the church today. (2) To demonstrate from the Bible that systematic theology is a biblical discipline (and not an alien philosophical imposition on the Bible), and that doctrine and theology are important. (3) Then, to look at some specific biblical examples of what is doctrine important for.
I. The Concepts and Legitimacy of Doctrine, Theology, and Systematic Theology are under great duress in our own time
People vs. Truth
Deeds over Creeds
Person not Propositions
Systematic Theology is Rationalist/Modernist
Biblical Theology instead of Systematic Theology
Some Examples of these tendencies
Doing not Debating
The Self-Contradictive Critique
What’s behind the Allergy?
Relativistic Tolerance or Transcendent Toleration?
A Gospel Opportunity to Engage the Culture
Emerging Problems with Systematic Theology?
Systematic or Biblical Theology?
A skewed description of Systematic Theology
Conclusion: Doctrine may be held in suspicion but it is unavoidable and important
II. Scripture shows that truth, doctrine and theology are necessary and important for the Christian life, and that systematic theology is, in fact, unavoidable.
Six Passages that show the legitimacy of the categories and importance of truth, doctrine and theology
Truth is for Joy and Growth
Truth is to be lived
Errant Doctrine destroys, True doctrine leads to love
Life and Doctrine are inseparable
Good doctrine promotes godliness
Servants of the word minister so that faith and truth issue forth in the godliness of believers
Is evangelicalism neo-Erasmian?
But what about Systematic Theology?
The Locus Classicus of Biblical Theology (and ST!)
Apollos and Paul, Systematic Theologians
Further Biblical Testimony for the Practice of Systematic Theology
How are New Testament Books Organized and what does that say about ST?
What do the citation formulas of the NT teach us about ST?
III. What is theology, truth, doctrine important for?
Let us consider four great passages and what they teach us about the application of theology.
And when the detractors of doctrine come. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, we must . . .