Application: The Critical Missing Ingredient in Biblical Studies

A typical seminary curriculum covers almost all of the significant bases. Most offer Greek and Hebrew, they provide a smattering of Bible book studies, a fairly comprehensive grouping of theological subjects, an array of church history courses, and courses on archology, apologetics, and other topics. In addition, they include courses on what is usually referred to as “practical theology,” which give instruction on the tasks of ministry such as homiletics, church administration, performing weddings and funerals, etc.

One very significant category of topics often omitted has to do with the application of Scripture to real life issues, what might be referred to as “applied theology.”

This category might encompass such issues as what a person needs to do to be saved. We understand that faith embodies a condition for salvation, but in the presentation of the gospel specifically what response comprises an expression of saving faith? This represents a more complex and more significant question then might be evident at first blush.

Likewise, believers are confronted with issues such as how to deal with areas of failure. These lead to critical questions such as when should spiritual resources be employed and when should the believer look to psychology?

Christians are faced with virtually hundreds of these types of questions dealing with the application of Scripture to daily life, questions not addressed in a typical seminary curriculum. In some sense they are the most significant issues because they hit us where we live. I plan to address these types of topics in one minute segments every Monday through Friday in this column. I hope you will read it and find it helpful.

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