Essential Truths 1 – Introduction

Doctrine is Essential

Doctrine is essential to the life of the church. In the Bible God tells us about who He is, what He has done, what He will do, why we are here, what He expects of us, how we can know Him,and how He wants us to live so that He is pleased. He also tells us history,where the world is headed, and how to make sense of life this side of heaven.The Scriptures are filled with all that God intends for us to know in order to be all that He has called us to be.

However, interest in understanding theology has fallen on hard times. Today’s Christian is more interested in subjective experiences than objective truth.  Instead of sermons with thorough teaching and conviction, the preference has moved to shorter, anecdotal homilies on popular subjects.  Without a solid understanding of the truth”whole counsel” of God’s Word, we will be like ships without a map or compass, “tossed here and there by waves, and blown around by every wind of doctrine”(Ephesians 4:14).  We need  to be prepared as godly men & women, competent to minister God’s Truth in a needy world!

Second Timothy 2:15 expresses the right approach to the priority of knowing God’s Word.  “Study to show yourselves approved by God… a workman that needs to not to be ashamed… rightly dividing the Word of Truth.  “Rightly dividing” refers to the exercise of separating out and study of various major Bible doctrines and then coming to correct understandings of what the Bible teaches.  Christians need to take this verse seriously! We need to be competent at wielding the sword of God’s Word.  The ministering of the Sword of Truth is so desperately needed in our homes, churches and communities.  We are the ones God has put in our spheres of influence to hold the sword with strength and skill!

The Biblical View of Doctrine

What do the following verses teach about the importance of understanding Truth in the life of the people of God?

  • Psalm 19:7-9 – God’s Word is perfect – law, testimony, precepts,commandment, fear, judgments – restores, makes wise, causes rejoicing,enlightens, endures, true & righteous
  • 2 Tim. 2:15 – We need to be approved as diligent workmen in the Word
  • 3:15-17 – The Bible is God-breathed, profitable (by teaching, reprove, correct, train in righteousness) – for the man of God to be adequately equipped
  • 2 Pet. 1:3-4 – The Bible provides all Truth pertaining to life & godliness, precious & magnificent promises, enabling us to be able to partake of God’s nature

Essential Doctrines

What would you suggest are the key, “no compromise” essential doctrines of the Bible, the ones we should never allowed to be altered?  Here are the doctrines that we will study in this series:

  • Bible
  • God – Theology Proper
  • Angels & Satan – Angelology,Satanology
  • Man – Anthropology
  • Sin – Hamartiology
  • Christ – Christology
  • alvation – Soteriology
  • Holy Spirit – Pneumatology
  • Church – Ecclesiology
  • Last Things – Eschatology

Study Questions

1. The Lord Jesus said that God’s Word (the Bible) is ______________ (John 17:17).

2. The Lord Jesus also said that the Scripture cannot ______________________ (John 10:35) and that the Scriptures must be ___________________(Mark 14:49).

3. WHO moved (carried along) the Bible writers (such as Moses and Paul) in such a way that the words they wrote were accurate, without mistakes, and exactly the words God wanted them to write (2 Peter 1:21 and compare 2 Samuel 23:1-2)?

4. The Lord Jesus said that the Scripture must be _____________________ (Luke 24:44), even every ________ and ____________________ (Matthew 5:18).

Small marks like what we use in English to dot an “i” or to cross a”t”. In God’s Word every word and even the very letters themselves are inspired by God!

  • Match the following:  The Word of God is…

__ Settled in heaven                                                   A.  2 Tim. 3:16
__ Eternal                                                                         B.Psalm 138:2
__ Christ-centered                                                     C.Isa. 40:8; Matt. 24:35
__ Inspired                                                                       D.Psa. 119:89
__ Magnified above God’s Name                        E.Lu. 24:27, 44

  • We know that the books of the Bible were written by men, but is the Bible just the Word of men or is it more than that? What did the believers in Thessalonica do that made Paul so thankful (see I Thessalonians 2:13)?

  • Psalm 138:2. If we as believers are very careful about honoring God’s Name (Exodus 20:7), what should our attitude be about how we treat and handle God’s Word (2 Corinthians 4:2)?
  • How do we know that God’s Word is true and that God will never break His promises (Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18)?