Doctrine

Doctrine

The Earth is the Lord’s – Part 2

Knowing that the earth is the Lord’s (Exodus 19:5; Psalm 24:1), what does this mean for us? On the sixth day of creation, God created man. Why did God create him? He created man for His own glory. God did not need to create man, but out of His own good pleasure He chose to create man. This gracious creative act was for God’s own glory (cf. Isaiah 43:7). This…

Guarding Sound Doctrine (1 Timothy 1:1-11)

READ 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, 4 nor to devote…

Questions Concerning Baptism

What is the meaning of baptism? Before Jesus ascended to Heaven, He issued the following command to His disciples, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age”…

The Three Tenses of Salvation

The thought of salvation ought to fill us with gratitude and praise! What is salvation? In the New Testament, the word “salvation” or “saved” comes from the Greek word sozo, which refers to rescuing or delivering from danger. It is used of physical deliverance (Matt. 8:25; Matt. 14:30), healing (Matt. 9:21-22; Mark 5:23), and release from demonic…

The Five Solas

On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses (written in Latin) to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. This historical event was not the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, but was a means that started discussions and debates about the abuses of the Roman Catholic Church’s indulgences. After a series of events, Luther’s discussion…

Guarding Against Departure of Doctrine

We need to remember that a church’s doctrine is not to be limited to their current situation. We are to recognize that we stand in line with centuries of historical truth. Every church potentially is less than a generation away from compromise, so it is essential that we know how to guard against departure of doctrine. After his opening greeting in his first letter…

Why is Doctrine Important?

The word doctrine will create various responses from people. Some think controversy, legalism, or truth and for some they are just indifferent to the word! What is doctrine? When it comes to defining doctrine I am talking about Christian doctrine, which is a body of belief or teaching that is drawn from Scripture. We can put this body of belief into categories like, the…