WHO WE ARE
The ORU Theological Society exists to promote academic, theological discussion among students. We aim to facilitate an environment where a wide variety of beliefs can be shared, discussed, and even debated in a lighthearted, friendly manner. We also encourage others to take their abstract knowledge of God and make it practical in daily life, by practicing and worshiping according to their beliefs and ministering to others in a variety of ways. While the Theological Society is mainly a part of the Theology Department, students from all fields, majors, and backgrounds are welcome to visit and contribute to the discussion!
“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance” –Proverbs 1:5
We at the ORU Theological Society believe in promoting a lifelong study of all aspects of theology; on an academic and a spiritual level. Knowing about who God is critical to maintaining a proper relationship with Him. We aim to spark a wide variety of discussions on a wide variety of topics, such as Christology (the study of the Person of Christ), Ecclesiology (the study of the Church), and Eschatology (the study of the End Times). We facilitate these learning opportunities by hosting a variety of speakers covering all types of issues in the Church, and by arranging events such as panel discussions, Q/A sections with experts, and (friendly!) debates. Our hope is that God would use these events to initiate a deeper desire for knowledge of and relationship with Him.
“With one accord they continued to meet daily in the temple courts and to break bread from house to house, sharing their meals with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” –Acts 2:46-47a
Another thing that we, the ORU Theological Society, strongly believe in is the concept of the Greek koinonia, a Christian fellowship between God and fellow Christians. In the days of the Early Church, believers would go house to house and gather together to break bread and share fellowship with one another. We believe that we should continue this practice to this day, by coming together and meeting not just to discuss the things of God and come closer to Him, but to come closer to each other as well. It is our hope, in spite of disagreements and various perspectives of the Christian faith we will all have, that we will be able to come together to encourage and pray for one another.
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” –James 1:27
The ORU Theological Society endeavors to make opportunities for students to apply their knowledge of God through outreach and ministry to the local community. It is our aim to motivate people not just to learn about God, but to act in accordance with what they believe through a variety of evangelistic and ministerial opportunities.