What is practical about good theology? How does what I believe about God and the Bible affect the hard questions of life? This summer I am asking that you take up the challenge of reading large portions of Scripture each week and then I'll preach on part of what we've read together. We kicked it off at our service last week at Dover Lake. If you missed that service, I'll be inviting everyone to start when they can.
Good theology has helped me this week as Tracy and I have had to comfort our son, Graham, who is on a semester abroad trip in New Zealand. I announced on Sunday that a friend of his died in a skydiving accident. Yesterday, we learned that another friend died in a rafting accident. If your theology doesn't have answers for these situations, then I would suggest a re-examination of where you go for answers.
Graham is devastated and he is having to examine his faith and figure out how he is going to get through this. I am thankful I know that God cares deeply about what he's going through and that His Holy Spirit, who is called "The Comforter" is right now reaching out to him. And I have to quote Tony Evans again, "God may not deliver you from the fire, but He'll be with you in it."
In the midst of their captivity, God speaks through the prophet Jeremiah saying, "The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." That's good news. Confirmed and sealed through the cross of Jesus Christ.