As young Christians growing up, we face so many challenges and confusions and have so many unanswered questions lingering on in our thoughts. Sometimes, we catch ourselves discussing some of these things amongst friends who are just as lost and we end the conversation back at square one, not clearing any doubt at all nor gaining any understanding whatsoever even if we are lucky enough not to get more confused afterwards. Over here, we share the life experiences of seasoned women of God and how they overcame similar struggles growing up.
This is a series on Standing Firm. Read and be blessed!
I am Patti Brown.
When I was a young believer, I was both passionately committed, and continuously confused.
I wanted more than anything to follow Jesus and walk in His ways, but I had almost no Bible Knowledge. I would hear someone talk on Christian radio, or see a sermon on TV and not know whether what they were saying was true. I’d have conversations with people of varying Christian backgrounds, and their positions will contradict. Who was right?
Then I would go grocery shopping at the health food store, and see New Age Books and talk to non-Christians and some of the things they said made sense to me. What was going on?
I knew that Jesus had saved me. I was absolutely certain of it in my heart. But I had barely cracked a bible, so my theology was terrible. I didn’t know how to navigate all these conflicting ideas.
I was not studying apologetics or aiming to be a theologian. I was just a young working wife who wanted to understand what she believed.
Theology mattered in my life because I needed to be able to discern what was true and what was not true, and make life decisions accordingly.
I wanted to be able to stand firm for Jesus, but I had to know what that meant first.
Faith is the keystone of Christianity but Knowledge is the foundation.
May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord? (2 peter 1:2)
In 2 peter 1:2-9, peter uses the word knowledge five times, underscoring the need for us to know God so that we are able to live fruitful lives.
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus. (2 peter 1:5-8)
If you don’t know what God’s word says, you stay confused about what you believe. This affects your ability to stand firm in many areas.