Scarborough Baptist Church

Worshipping God


Love for God comes from gratitude.

It is always a response to God’s loving actions for us. We are not naturally interested in loving God. We need the Spirit to reveal all that God has given us to make us grateful. Worship comes from valuing God and the more grateful we are the more we will value and worship God – and come to love him.

We are all theologians. Anyone who says something, or even just thinks something about God, is already doing theology. What is at stake is thus not whether we should be doing theology, but what kind of theology we are busy with. We can be ill-informed, resulting in shallow statements about God, or we can take the time to meet God on his terms.

God reveals himself to us through his Holy Spirit. Jesus is, and remains, the final revelation of God. To know Jesus is to know all about God. The Spirit points us to who Jesus is and what he did in history. The church came into being through the testimony that the first apostles proclaimed. The church did not create the Bible, the message of the Bible created the church.

The early church greatly valued the testimony of the apostles which had led them to come to know God’s love. They read it together to remind them of God’s love and his actions on their behalf. They also used it to check whether what people were saying about God, matched the message which had changed their lives in the first place.

It is for this reason that the church committed itself to studying and thinking about God’s message. The word theology is made up of the word “theos” (God) and the word “logos” (word/thinking). The Holy Spirit leads us to know the Word so that we can know God better.

Sermon Series on the Triune God


One of the characteristics of evangelical theology is that we take the issue of doctrinal purity, or theological truth, very seriously. And this is, of course, right. Because theology is about God, it is deadly serious. Nobody dares to take the name of God, the holy one, lightly. To think about God, to speak on his behalf is, to teach others about him is always an awesome responsibility. It is within the power of those who take up this responsibility to malign or diminish God or to proclaim his glory and majesty. Ultimately, everyone will have to give an account before the living God of what they have taught people about him and his actions for the salvation of the world. It is no wonder that theology is serious business!

Unfortunately, this insistence of theological purity has often resulted in Evangelical Christians becoming arrogant and harsh. Truth is simply seen as a matter of right and wrong. We know that we are right and those who disagree with us must, thus, be wrong. And because we already have the truth, there is no place for re-thinking what we believe.

People become defenders of the truth, rather than seekers after it. Theology, however, is not just serious business. It involves us. And because it involves us we may not take theology too seriously. Our theological ideas do not constitute God. He is who he is despite what we say about him. In the same way, theology cannot add anything to what God has done for our salvation.

Theology is, at most, a descriptive task. Our descriptions of God and his work for us fall short of who God really is and the fullness of what he has done, but God remains true to his person and work. God is not constituted by our theology!