Monday, January 5, 2009

Why the Church Must Teach Today.....Part III

I am committed to blog more in 2009. There is so much to write about and I need to be more committed to sharing biblical things from my heart. So if you will read, then I will write. I don't want to bore you, but my intention is to challenge you with things the church should be thinking, praying, and pursuing.

The church instructs in Christian doctrine. The church teaches the basic truths of the Christian faith. It guides Christians in understanding significant beliefs. It opens the Scriptures to determine those doctrinal ideals upon which the church is founded. It guides faithful Christians to maturity so that its members may not be “no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ," Eph 4:14-15 (NASB95)

Most Christians only know few things about doctrine. Recently, I taught the doctrine of Redemption on Sunday nights and it is interesting the steps of redemption there are according to Scripture and how most Christians do not know the work of God through these steps in our lives. The incredible transformation that takes place before, during and after salvation. It shows our ignorance of Scripture and our lack of desire for the wisdom and knowledge that comes from reading and understanding God's Word.

Statement: All doctrinal instruction leads to Christ who is the final source of the Christian’s faith.
Christian doctrine is essential to learn as a foundation of your Christian faith. I read a great statement from "Extreme Church Makeover" by Neil Anderson that said, "Knowledge of God's Word should govern our relationship with God and others in righteousness, and the proper preaching and teaching of God's Word should result in the Body of Christ falling in love with their heavenly Father and each other."

The Church should be helping to point all believers to the Lord through the teaching and preaching of God's Word. It isnt any hard formula to follow, it isnt any "magic" idea, it isnt a new is what God intended His church to be. Let's begin the New Year with a passion for this very thing!!!

Sleepy Disciple.....who will catch up on sleep this week...AMEN!!