As Christians, we have a responsibility to give an answer1 to those that wonder at the hope that we have. But the thing is, many of us can’t. As I examine my own life, at my role as a husband and parent, it is clear that God has taught me a lot. Tracy and the kids have a lot of questions and I have been blessed with enough time in the Word up to this point to answer them.
But there is a point where that knowledge reaches its limits and in a secular, post-Christian culture like the UK, having an answer is imperative. Remember, an agnostic worldview is the default, expected worldview. Being a Christian is a true anomaly. To that end, as a part of the apprenticeship with AT3, I will be pursuing rigorous, theological training from Union School of Theology.
Growing in Godliness
Every single Christian is called to pursue theological training. We are all called to study the Word of God. It is our spiritual food. It is the means by which we grow in our knowledge of and love for God. My hope is that through receiving training, I will have an opportunity to grow in my relationship with my Savior. It’s out of the overflow of our relationship with God that ministry begins. Just after Pentecost, in Acts 2, Peter’s preaching ministry begins because of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on God’s people.
When we grow in our knowledge of and love for God, it should lead us to take the Gospel to others and to train them up in the faith as well.
By pursuing theological training, I will be able to teach others how to become better theologians and I will become a better theologian in the process. We have all been charged with the Great Commission 2 and we cannot make disciples if we are not also being discipled.
I am pursuing training because I want to be able to make disciples. I want to be able to give real answers to real questions so that the people that I disciple are able to do the very same thing.
In the fall of 2018, we will be moving to the UK in order to pursue this goal. Please consider partnering with us today so that we can carry out the work of becoming better disciples as we make more disciples.