Theme of the Week: Doctrine: Why It Matters
Friday, May 16, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: Be careful about the way you live and about what you teach. Keep on doing this, and you will save not only yourself, but the people who hear you. (1 Timothy 4:16, CEV)
Dig Deeper: 1 Timothy 4
Everybody needs doctrine if he or she is ever to know God. Granted, most people are aware that some sort of Supreme Being exists, but nobody comes to know him relationally without first learning key facts about him—who and what he is and what he has done, is doing, and will do—and for this we need doctrine.
Doctrine is the map that guides us on our cross-country journeying through the thousand-odd pages of the Bible, on the one hand, and the complexities of godly living, on the other. Doctrine is the spectacles through which we discern the stepping-stones across the rapids and through the swamps that keep our feet on the path of life. Doctrine, indeed, is the surgical cure for the natural spiritual blindness that otherwise makes it impossible for us to find where the path of life begins. Doctrine is the data about the Lord Jesus Christ that makes faith in him possible. And then doctrine becomes, so to speak, the cookbook for life, giving the correct recipe for each venture in belief and behavior.
That all our churches will take doctrine seriously, for their own good, must be the desire and prayer of us all.
—J. I. Packer in Taking God Seriously
My Response: How does my church incorporate the teaching of doctrine into the life of the church? How can my own small group or men's group do a better job at teaching doctrine?
Thought to Apply: Doctrine is the framework of life—the skeleton of truth, to be clothed and rounded out by the living grace of a holy life.—Adoniram J. Gordon (preacher, writer, composer)
Adapted from Taking God Seriously by J. I. Packer (Crossway, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Author of Truth, open my eyes to the truths that come to life in your Word and in your true gospel; may I never stop seeking to learn, understand, and apply them better.
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