Rooted and Grounded is a ministry of Lakewood Baptist Church that creates theological content to grow the church in our knowledge of God in order that we would grow in our love for him and for our neighbor.
Our hope is that the content of this website would become part of the answer to Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21 for the church of our day:
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
With Paul, our prayer is that for those of us who are by faith rooted and grounded in the love of Christ that we would seek to know this love of Christ that surpasses knowledge. Our goal is to grow in our knowledge of God in order that we would grow in our love for him. As we love God more deeply, we will grow in our love for our neighbors.
To seek to know God is a task that should stagger us. We are seeking to know a love that surpasses knowledge. From the outset, we confess that we are creatures, and he is the Creator. We cannot know God apart from his gracious revelation of himself to us in Scripture. We will not fully understand God, but we will seek to love the Lord our God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Seven Theological Virtues
As we work toward this goal of growing in our understanding of who God is and what he has done for his people in Christ, we have identified seven theological virtues that guide our work.
Good theology is biblical.
Good theology is Trinitarian.
Good theology engenders love.
Good theology is doxological.
Good theology is practical.
Good theology is communal.
Good theology is eschatological.
For a fuller explanations of these virtues, see our article Seven Theological Virtues.
Who We Are
John D. Morrison (PhD, Southern Seminary) serves as the Director of Theological Training at Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville, GA. In that role, he leads Lakewood’s Gospel Training Center, which “equips God’s people for works of service” through biblical and theological training for lay leaders in the church and for those called to full-time ministry. His training is in Church History and Historical Theology, and his dissertation focuses on the role of the physical body in puritan pastoral theology. His areas of interest in include Tudor England, the Reformation, theology of the body, Christology, and hermeneutics.
Tyler Smiley (ABD, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is currently writing his dissertation on the pneumatology of Charles Spurgeon. His research interests include pneumatology, hermeneutics, and missiology. Tyler serves as the Associate Missions Pastor at Lakewood Baptist Church where he directs the COR3:6 Church Planting Network, which is a network of local churches who partner together to plant new churches and to revitalize dying churches locally and globally for the sake of Jesus Christ, through the unity and power of the Holy Spirit, and to the glory of God the Father. In his role at Lakewood, Tyler also leads the church in its local missions endeavors.