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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Source of Jesus’ Doctrine

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The Source of Jesus’ Doctrine

John 17:6-8

“For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me,” John 17:8.

The word doctrine in the original language is didaskontes meaning teaching. “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). Jesus fully intended the apostles and elders to teach His churches. Jesus Himself spent most of His ministry teaching them about kingdom business and training them to take over the work of the ministry. After He resurrected, He was “seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3). The apostles observed while Jesus did the preaching, teaching and healing. He was preparing them to take the baton and run the race until they finished their course. Therefore, the apostles’ teaching was first-hand information. “Now, therefore, ye are no more strangers and foreigners…built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:19, 20). The doctrines taught by Jesus had to be upheld by the churches. “The house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). Often, Jesus told the Pharisees and disciples He came not to teach His own “words” or doctrine but those of the Father who sent Him.

THOUGHT: The Bible is already absolutely pure; one does not need to add to or take away from the words of God.

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Your Doctrine is ALL Jacked Up, You Dog-Faced Pig, NOW You Are Gonna Burn in Hell!!!

This is actually material which has appeared previously; now it has a really grabbing title to make everybody do huh? what? Now that you are here, I hope you are blessed and perhaps learn a little something.
doc·trine
ˈdäktrən/
noun
noun: doctrine; plural noun: doctrines
  1. a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a church, political party, or other group.
    “the doctrine of predestination”
    stake

It is commonly reported that the great evangelist George Whitfield once had the following conversation with a coal miner in Cornwall, England. The conversation apparently started when the preacher asked the man what he believed about his Faith and The Bible:

“Oh, he said, “I believe what my church believes.”
Whitfield then inquired, “And what does your church believe?”
“Well,” he answered, “The church believes what I believe.”
Seeing that he was getting nowhere, Whitefield then asked, “What do you both believe?”
“We both believe the same thing.”

The question arises: Does doctrine really matter? Ask a range of Christians that question and you will get as many answers as people you ask.

On one side of the spectrum are believers who are totally doctrinally driven. These folks think every single doctrinal point is an essential one and that failure to believe their way, even on the smallest point, renders one either not a Christian, or a substandard one.

On the other hand, there are believers who consider nothing doctrinally important enough to stand by as fast and true. These folks would say, just believe in Jesus, and nothing else matters. Also, what we see in this camp is a growing disdain for doctrine in general as the refuge for those who just don’t believe in Jesus enough.

And, somewhere in the middle we have what is probably the correct view. What, precisely, is the correct view? Well, beats me! I will, however, share just a few of my humble thoughts on the matter. Where do I fall on the issue? Well, the work I am part of has a Doctrinal Statement which is 22 statements long, and I believe every single one of them represents truth as taught in the Bible. Here is a funny thing; even though we have spelled out 22 separate points of doctrine we believe to be essential. there is still room within those 22 points to not agree on evrything. Sigh right? Suffice it to say that I believe correct doctrine is very, very important.

So, here we go with my thoughts on this matter. I understand not everybody will agree with all I say here, but that’s okay too.

So, does doctrine really matter that much?

Yes…and…no.

Some doctrines have to be understood correctly to even be saved. The Bible is quite clear about the way of salvation. God’s Word is clear that salvation comes only by God’s grace through our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. It clearly states that to be born again, we must l repent of our sin and have faith in Jesus Christ. It just as clearly states that nothing we can ever do contributes to our salvation; in other words, we cannot and do not work our way into God’s favor and earn our way to Heaven. Understanding that particular Biblical doctrine is absolutely necessary for salvation and rescue from eternal separation from God. If anybody believes anything other than salvation by grace through faith, then he or she is not trusting totally in the Lord Jesus Christ for his or her salvation, and it is very possible that he or she is, in fact, not actually saved.

Some doctrines provide so much support for the Doctrine of Salvation that disbelieving them brings into question the entire plan of redemption. What might these include?

The Genesis account of Creation and the fall of man

The Doctrine of the Trinity. Father, Son and Holy Spirit

The Deity of Jesus Christ

The literal, bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ

The Bible as the inspired, inerrant Word of God.

Even as saved persons in a full relationship with Jesus Christ, we will all be judged and evaluated for not the fact that we believe, but the content of what we believe. Time and time again, we see direction from God to study, be discerning, and to become wise. The following Scriptures tell us this: Psalm 51:6Psalm 119:66, Proverbs 2:2-6, Proverbs 4:7, Colossians 1:9, Colossians 2:3. Of course, the two following should come immediately to mind:

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Doctrine matters because the people who teach damnable false doctrines are very busy, and very knowledgeableIf we don’t know the truth, we cannot defend our faith against untruth or even protect ourselves from untruth. Simply summed up, some things are true and some things are not true. And many times two things cannot be true at the same time. For instance we teach, and the Bible clearly says, that salvation is 100% by Grace through faith and that no works or effort of our own adds to or completes salvation. Many religions and even “Christian” denominations teach that salvation requires works on our part, or that we have to do certain things to become or remain saved. Obviously, both of these statements cannot be true at the same time! In addition, there are religions out there masquerading as Christian teaching falsehoods about the Nature and person of Jesus Christ. These folks are very busy, and very well versed in their heresies.

If we don’t know the truth, we cannot effectively evangelize the world. Every believer reading this is an evangelist. That role is not restricted to preachers, teachers, pastors or members of the “visitation committee” Every man and woman saved by the Grace of God is responsible to spread the Gospel to the people they touch in the world. That is made clear in Jesus’ final words before He ascended to Heaven. We call it The Great Commission and it is repeated here.

Matthew 28:18-20   And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:   Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

The dilemma is clear; if we don’t understand certain doctrinal points, how can we teach the truth of them to a lost and dying world?

So, what about all of the OTHER stuff?

And friends, brothers, and sisters there is TONS of other stuff! There are literally thousands of doctrinal issues which Christians have studied, debated about, and divided over for 2000 years. Does that stuff really matter? Well…yes…and…no. Want to sprinkle rather than immerse? I may say you are wrong, but who cares? Want to speak in tongues? I may say you are wrong, but who cares? Want the ladies to preach? I may say you are wrong, but who cares? Think communion in a church is open to everyone? I may say you are wrong, but who cares?

Does that mean you are lost and I am saved? Does it mean I am lost and you are saved? Of course not! Does it mean that you and I cannot exist peacefully together as Brothers and Sisters in Christ? Of course not! Now, does that mean we are going to start a church or mission work together? Nah, probably not. Am I going to come preach in your pulpit, or  you in mine(I’m not a preacher, so that is just an expression by the way)? Nah, probably not.

Amos told us the following:

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

There are divergent views of many things that are found in God’s Word. We are human, and we are not infallible or all knowing. Many things are not clear as to exact meaning in God’s Word, and our humanity means we will on occasion look at them differently. The essentials seem clear, while the non essentials may not be. We can still live together as Brothers and Sisters In Christ despite these differences.

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