What is doctrine?
- Doctrine is the basic set of beliefs about the nature of God, man, truth, salvation, reality, eternity... and more!
Why is doctrine important?
- Jesus said: "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." (John 8:32). Your eternal destiny depends on trusting and embracing the truth (as revealed in the Bible) about yourself and about God (Romans 10:9; 2 Tim 3:15; 1 Cor 15:3-4; John 5:39-40).
- Right actions flow from right beliefs. How you live is based on what you believe. If you believe the wrong thing(s) about God, the nature of man, salvation, or Scripture, you will make poor decisions or take wrong actions. However, knowing the truth as revealed in Scripture properly prepares you for "every good work "(2 Tim 3:17).
- Our teaching is to to be in accord with (in agreement with) the teaching of Jesus and with godliness (1 Tim 6:3).
- As Christians, we are called to be able to "...a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect" (1 Pet 3:15). It is impossible to provide an answer without knowing it first.
What is the basis for correct doctrine?
- Holy Scripture (the Bible)
- "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" 2 Tim 3:15
- "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple" Psa 19:7