Many evangelicals love big books. I’m one of those evangelicals. So is Kevin DeYoung. Pastor DeYoung is also very good at encouraging us to spend the time, money, and effort to read some good big books. Here is a two-article series he wrote concerning the discipline of Systematic Theology.
Why can’t we just let the Bible speak for itself? Because that’s not what we see in the Bible or in the early church. In Nehemiah 8:8, the leaders “read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.” In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul refers to the tradition they had received from him. God has always given his people teachers to not only read Scripture but to communicate and guard the truth of Scripture (2 Tim. 1:13-14). This is why the early church naturally wrote creeds and confessions. They did not consider it sub-biblical to explain, defend, and protect the truths that were handed down to them in the Bible.
[Having considered] why we should study systematic theology, I thought it might be helpful to explore what systematic theologies are worth using.