Is Doctrine important?

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?

Pastor Kenny

6 comments (Add your own)

1 Daryl Bales - Thu, February 27, 2014 @ 1:39 PM

Amen brother .Well said! Nothing will remove the focus from self to God and a lost world quicker than sound biblical doctrine. Knowing who God is from scripture and Seeing the person and Work of Jesus Christ. This is the only way we can have a true understanding of what Christ has done on our behalf.
2 Connie Stacy - Thu, February 27, 2014 @ 3:14 PM

I have always thought doctrine was the man made interpretation of the bible by a church in order to establish denominations. (Like Christian Church's believe in communion every Sunday, Southern Baptists believe that previous baptisms in other demonations don't count, etc. I never thought of doctrine as something I am responsible for. Thanks for helping me learn something new today!!
3 sherri peetoom - Fri, February 28, 2014 @ 7:35 AM

So glad your blogging, there's a lot of times lately that I'm not able to be in church do to my sleeping problem. I go to the church web and wish for more. Thank you.
4 sherri peetoom - Fri, February 28, 2014 @ 7:38 AM

But, there is a lot of new Christians that do want to learn it. And understand their new life in Christ. .
5 Tony Back - Sun, March 2, 2014 @ 7:20 AM

The question is, in other words, Why should I study the Doctrine of Christ and His Church?
Since I am a regenerated believer in Christ then I am the Church.
I am a disciple of Christ. And a disciple is a follower of the doctrines of a teacher or a school of thought. In this case the teacher is Christ.

How am I to be taught by Christ without examining the Doctrine of Christ? If I do not, then I would miss the experience of Christ. I would miss out on who He wants me to become.
6 Tex Gaskins - Thu, March 13, 2014 @ 11:36 PM

Great discussion on the importance of Doctrine. I am so glad to see an opportunity for dialogue through blogging, it really helps me stay connected to my Church when I otherwise might not be able.
Doctrine is ESSENTIAL to our faith and spiritual growth. I appreciate Pastor Kenny for discussing this issue.
I find it immensely important for us to know, understand, study and share our doctrines concerning God's Word. When we as Christians are unclear on doctrinal issues we can easily be swayed to accept other teachings. The concerning part about doctrine is that teachings can be Biblical but not line up doctrinally. For example: The Bible clearly teaches us about the sacrificial system, but we don't have Priests that slaughter animals…..Why? It does not line up with our Doctrine. Our Doctrine accepts Jesus as the FINAL and PERFECT sacrifice, but without doctrinal studies, one could be easily swayed (even by someone using scripture) to accept a less than adequate teaching.
Webster's Dictionary defines Doctrine as --: a set of ideas or beliefs that are taught or believed to be true.
Isn't that what we do as a Church? We come together to" share a set of ideas that we believe to be true" with each other, then go out and share those ideas with our community and ultimately our world.

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