A healthy church is one that practices biblical theology. The phrase biblical theology can mean different things. The simplest idea of biblical theology is theology that is based solely on the Bible.
Everyone does theology. Everyone. Theos means “God.” Ology means “the study of.” Theology, then, means “the study of God.” The man who says that there is no God and the one who says that God is love are caught up in the same disciple—both are making truth claims about God, which is essentially theology. Therefore, the question is not if one does theology, but what kind of theology he or she is doing. Is it based on the Bible or feeling or something else?
The Reformers called the church a “Creature of the Word” since she was literally created by the Word and the Spirit in Acts 2. Healthy churches are ones that keep the Bible central in everything. The Bible is our final authority to faith and practice. The Bible shapes our minds to understand the world and everything
in it. As the Baptist Faith and Message states: “[Scripture] reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.”
A church is not at liberty to believe or do whatever she wants to do. Therefore, no matter what direction the current winds of our culture blow, a healthy church’s sails are always position according to the infallibility of God’s Holy Word. It might not be popular to believe in things like the exclusivity of Christ, sexuality purity, sacrificial giving, etc., but the popularity is not what a healthy church is after. Rather, a healthy church seeks to be faithful in all things. And the only way that can happen is when a church is consistent in teaching and living in light of biblical theology.

- Pastor Ben

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