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Jason Harris

Jason loves to communicate God's word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at jason@teaminfocus.com.au.

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    Alen Basic

    This sounds like a great idea! How can I get involved? ;)

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    Robert Apps

    Jason, we need to push the line that theologians are essentially the ‘teachers’ (they have the ‘word of knowledge’ see 1 Cor 12) of the NT, some will also be pastors if that is their calling too. what profit is there in an having a great theological mind unless that can be imparted to others?

    pastors should at least have the heart of a theologian even if some are sharper than others.

    your comments about our children (and michael is on my lap as I type) resonates with me.

    only God knows what the next generation will do but if we don’t take a stand for solid theology then we have no right to expect any more from them when their turn comes.

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    Jason Harris

    Rob,

    I was thinking of “theologians” more along the lines of the Bereans in Acts 17:11. I would suggest that every believer should either be a theologian or should be on their way to becoming a theologian. I would think that while being a theologian does not make one a mature believer, a mature believer would always be a theologian.

    I’m not sure if we’re on the same page there.

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    Steve

    Some very lofty goals there Jason. Worthy of thought too.

    I believe these goals should be the purpose of the local church primarily but unfortunately many churches have dropped the ball on these points and people need to be spiritually fed elsewhere. Every Christian should be a reader (or learner), a thinker and a theologian, in the sense that you explained above.

    All three of your points (readers, thinkers, theologians) could and I believe should be addressed from the pulpit via good, solid, systematic and thorough expository teaching.

    It may take time but people need to see the benefit of sitting through and absorbing good teaching (enduring sound doctrine). Many churches, if not most, do not make the word of God a priority and do not teach it in a systematic way. Preaching is very shallow and proper, exegetical theology is unheard of. It is up to the pastors to realise they need to change the way they teach and to lead the people back to the word of God.

    Websites like this one are great but should in no way be a substitute for church based teaching. I don’t mean to be discouraging but that’s the truth.

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    Jason Harris

    Amen Steve! Nothing can replace the local church in developing mature believers. Nothing. Believers who are not organically connected to a local church are in sin. Full stop.

    Thank you for pointing that out. Perhaps I need a third post addressing that angle.

    I do not view InFocus as a stop-gap for failing local churches. Rather, I view InFocus as simply another tool to help Jesus Christ’s church in the job it has to do, both at the local level and at the broader level. In that sense it would be on a similar par to a Christian university, publishing house, book store, grade school, etc. None of these can replace the local church and none should try. But all may have a valid and beneficial place.

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    Robert Apps

    yes Jason, we are looking at this from a different vantage point. believers do need to be ‘bereans’ as it were. maybe that is where the vocational theologians will ultimately come from.

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