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,