Theology & Doctrine

July 12, 2005
I’ve heard it said in contemporary American churches that we need to steer away from theology and doctrine. That they are just divisive issues, and should stay out of our pulpits and home group discussions.

I agree they are VERY divisive. But they are exactly what we need to stay close to, and build our lives upon.

Theology and doctrine are at the heart of Christianity. In fact there is no Christianity without theology and doctrine. Theology isn’t some high minded legalistic argumentation. It is nothing more than your beliefs about God. Everyone has them. The question is, are your beliefs about God Biblical? If not, you need to hear the Word that tells you what is Truth about God.

Likewise Biblical doctrine isn’t some man-made ideas about how we should worship God and live in this world. It also isn’t a optional thing. Doctrine means teaching We are commanded to adhere to the doctrine (teaching) of the Apostles about Jesus.

Theology and doctrine. They are what makes Christianity, Christianity. They are our Biblical beliefs about God, and the teachings of the Bible. They are the only hope of every person on earth. To come to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, whom You can only know and understand through Biblical theology and doctrine.

At Jesus’ feet,
SDG,
Lisa

Count it all Joy!

Greetings from Me and My House,

“Count it all joy when you fall in various trials.” Has that always been your favorite verse? I really don’t see many Christians applying this one – me included. But this I know, God wrote it; it is truth; I need to do it.

I wrestle with God’s Sovereignty and man’s sin. Although I know that God works all things for good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose, I don’t believe that sin is God’s design and plan. But this I do know, God allows sin, and the good that He wants to bring out of it is the conforming of my character to the image of Christ.

Clay that I am, I don’t like being pushed and squeezed. I don’t like being in the heat of the fire. But…

He works good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose, so when others sin against me, and I am in the midst of various trials, I can – WILL – count it all JOY, because He is conforming me to the image of His Son, as I submit to His work in my life.

At Jesus’ feet,
SDG,
Lisa