What is Doctrine? Why is it important to study the Doctrine of Christ and His church? I often hear believers say “We don’t need to study doctrine, that is a very little part in my Christian life. I leave that up to the pastor and the leadership of the church. What I want is applicable stuff, show me how to apply it and I will like the old Nike commercial just “Do it!”
Is that true? Does doctrine play a little part in your Christian life? Are you just to sit back and listen to the easy preaching of applicable stuff and just do your best to live out what is being said?
To answer these questions first we must define the word Doctrine. I would define doctrine to indicate what the bible teaches concerning individual aspects, such as Christ, His Church, and concepts like Justification ETC. I reason with you today that Christ first sought to reveal who He was to the 12 before He began to teach them what they were to accomplish (applicable stuff) for Him. Matthew records a great account in chapter 4:19, where Christ called Peter and Andrew to “Follow Christ and He will make you fishers of men.”
Did you see it? Jesus invitation was first to come and Follow Him. The indication was to come and know Him not just in a salvation sense but also in what I call a doctrinal sense. To be declared righteous before God because Christ became your sin and paid your debt on the cross is the first part of following Christ. But through that declaration you now are called first to grow in understanding of who He is (Doctrinal growth). Do you notice what followed the calling of the 12 disciples of Jesus? The passage we call the Sermon on the Mount. Why would Jesus bring the 12 after being called to “follow” to a 111-verse sermon? Because If you do not understand the doctrine of Christ or the Church then you will become followers of yourselves and nothing that you accomplish will be for the kingdom of God.
I reason to say that we all should not become accustom to easy listening and comfortable preaching. We should not be seeking ways to better my life in 6 easy steps followed with a few stories that cause us to laugh and go home to start a week knowing that God has got my back and wants me to be happy on earth. Instead let us as followers of Christ begin to grow in the Doctrine of Christ and His church.
What are your thoughts?