What is Bible doctrine? It is the teachings of God’s word. Today we will learn why doctrine is important.
Our doctrine is utterly meaningless!
“Adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.” Titus 2:10
The study of the Bible should always be practical and applicable to our lives day by day. That is to say, we are to set forth in our lives as well as in our doctrine–the beauty, glory, and attractiveness of the gospel of Christ. We must have our lives regulated and governed by the gospel.
Let us take great care to conform our lives to our doctrine. Doctrine and duty cannot be separated. Every truth discovered in the Word of God ought to be applied to our lives. If our character and conduct does not reflect the grace and glory of God revealed in the gospel, our doctrine is utterly meaningless!
Gospel preachers are responsible to pointedly apply the gospel to the daily affairs and responsibilities of men and women in this world. It is every pastor’s responsibility to faithfully to teach people how to live in this world for the glory of Christ, applying the Word of God to every area of life. It is the responsibility of God’s saints to obey the gospel, applying it personally to every area of their lives.
Always be prepared to give up any doctrine or practice that is not found in Holy Scripture and to embrace anything revealed in the Book of God, no matter what the sacrifice, no matter what the consequence.
“Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.” 1 Thessalonians 4:1
The challenge for us as believers is to take God’s word and apply it to our lives. God gave us His Word specifically so we would know who He is, how the world was created, what sin is, who Jesus is, why He came, and what He did. Also, we are taught what is expected of us, how we are to perform His teachings, what the desired outcome will be, and future events.
All we have to do is OBEY.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001