I. Definition of Systematic Theology
“What is Systematic Theology? Many different definitions have been given, but for the purpose of this book the following definition will be used: “Systematic theology is any study that answers the question, what does the whole Bible teach us today? about any given topic.” (Wayne Grudem)
II. Examples of Systematic Theology Statements
Here are some examples of how people try to make summaries of what the Bible teaches.
(1) “The Bible says that everyone who believes in Jesus Christ will be saved.”
(2) “The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the only way to God.”
III. The Goal of Systematic Theology
(1) “the adjective Systematic in systematic theology should be understood to mean something like “carefully organized by topics, “with the understanding that all the topics studied will be seen to fit together in a consistent way, and will include all the major doctrinal topics of the Bible.” (Wayne Grudem)
(2) “Thus systematic should be thought of as the opposite of “randomly arranged” or “disorganized.” (Wayne Grudem)
“The study of theology is not merely a theoretical exercise of the intellect. It is the study of the living God, and of the wonders of all his works in creation and redemption. We cannot study this subject dispassionately…our response to the study of the theology of Scripture should be that of the psalmist who said:
“How precious to me are your thoughts, oh God!” (Psalm 139:17)
P.S. – I have some books that can help provide insight into why this is important. The first book is “The Christ Centered Preaching of Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones.” In the book by Dr. Jones, there is a chapter titled “No Substitute” you can read to learn more about the importance of good theology.
I also want to recommend “The Lord’s Work Done In The Lord’s Way” by K.P. Yohannan, the found of Gospel for Asia, which can also help people understand the importance of learning more about God.