I grew up in a church background that did not encourage Systematic Theology. From childhood to adulthood, I grew up in a denomination that relied on the catechism and the teachings of the church. From young adulthood I grew in the Lord in a church that stressed Biblical Theology. Somewhere along the way I became interested in Systematic Theology.
In April 2008 I attended the “Together for the Gospel” conference. The first speaker, Lingon Duncan, spoke on the importance of sound doctrine. During that talk he stated that Jesus and Paul did systematic theology, so why shouldn’t we. That caught my attention. Dr. Duncan then gave the scriptural evidence for his assertion. These were the Scriptures he gave, and I heartily agreed.
And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself…And they told about the things [that had happened] on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread. (Luke 24:27, 35 NKJV)
If it was good enough for Jesus, then I should be interested in it as well.