The idea of theological education (the study of God himself) can be daunting. But whether you are a person who is feeling a call to ministry or simply interested in learning more about God, there are three incredible benefits that come with taking classes in the area of theology.
It will help you connect with God.
Ultimately, the most significant thing that happens when a person takes classes in theology is the development of a deeper and more vibrant connection with God. The end-goal of studying God is not to acquire more biblical or historical knowledge but rather to connect with God himself. The knowledge is a helpful side-dish, but the main course is always worship. When taking theology classes, you will have the opportunity to see many things about God’s word and God’s work throughout history, and hopefully it will cause you to respond in worship, deepening your enjoyment of and connection with God.
It will equip you.
In the book of Hebrews, God’s word is described as living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword – an illustration that likens the role scripture plays in our lives to that of a surgeon. When faced with the complexities of modern cultural issues, we often feel much more like Winnie the Pooh with his hand stuck in a honeypot than a surgeon wielding a scalpel. Theological education will sharpen and equip you to engage and understand God’s word at a deeper level. It will provide tools that will help you understand, interpret, and apply God’s word with greater effectiveness. Whether you are a pastor, lead a Bible study, or are simply naturally curious, taking theology classes will help you trade in your honeypot for a scalpel.
It will provide you with community.
There is something special that happens when a group of people gather around God’s word. Not only do they commune with God, but they find a special community with each other. Taking theology classes will help you to develop relationships with others who care just as deeply as you do about understanding and applying the Bible. Additionally, you will connect with professors and mentors who can play vital roles to spur you along in your love and understanding of God.
So how do you take classes?
You can get all of these benefits and much more right here at Christ Community Chapel Hudson Campus because we are an extension site of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School – one of the top evangelical seminaries in the United States.
At our extension site you can take classes at any pace you want to fit your busy life – whether that’s auditing a class here and there, or earning your Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree through a part-time or full-time class schedule. Not only are all of the classes taught in-person by TEDS professors, you also have the ability to take classes online if that works better for you.
Learn more about the perks and classes offered at our TEDS extension site and feel free to reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions.