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Essential Doctrines of Our Faith

John 7:16–17

16 Jesus answered, My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.

img_0063-2What are the essentials of your faith – the essential doctrines? With so many denominations around and non-denominational churches too we can attend – is doctrine an important part of your choice or not? If you are United Methodist – what is the reason? If you are Roman Catholic – why? If you attend a non-denominational church – is the church’s doctrine the reason? Why do we attend the church we attend? Is doctrine a part of that decision or is program the leading concern?

If having a Biblically based church is high on your priority list – what doctrines would be essential for you to have fellowship with a church family? We’ve talked about essentials in a life-partner before. The three I shared with my daughters – while they were growing up – was to find a man who loved Jesus – a man who loves them – and a man who has a good work ethic. What are you essential life-partner rules? What would be your three essential doctrines as you grow in your faith?

For some the list might be short and for others it might be long – but let’s start with three. If you say a doctrine is essential for you – how about saying why? Name three doctrines and give a reason these are essential to you.

Today’s passage reminds us that His teaching came from God – not from His own words (as Jesus the human man). John 7:16–17 – 16 Jesus answered, My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.  Are your doctrines based on how you feel or think or on your understanding of the Word of God?

What would your essentials be? Is it important to you that the Bible is the Word of God? Is Jesus the only way to the Father? Is Jesus divine? Is the virgin birth essential to you? Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit essential to you? What about your understanding of Baptism? Is an understanding of the Trinity essential? What about the life – death – and resurrection of Christ? Is the resurrection essential? Is the atoning sacrifice of Christ essential? What are your essentials? Is it essential that marriage be between one man and one woman? Is your view of abortion essential? If our denomination splits – these questions might take on a new light.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

February 11, 2020 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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