Theology Needs the Church; The Church Needs Theology

by Staff June 11, 2015

"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, God So Loved the World: A Christology for Disciples

Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.—1 Timothy 4:16

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.—Hebrews 2:1