What Is The Role of Biblical Doctrine In The Life Of The Church?
The role of doctrine plays a very important part in the life of the church in various aspects. The word “doctrine” simply means “teaching.” Christianity is a teaching religion (Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:2). Elders (1 Timothy 5:17; Titus 1:9), preachers (1 Timothy 4:6,13,16; 6:1,3; 2 Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:7,10), and all Christians are to teach (Titus 2:1-10) and practice true and sound (healthy) doctrine.
The church began (and the Christian’s life begins) by obeying the doctrine of Christ (Acts 2:38, 41, 47; Romans 6:17). The early church “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42). We are to imitate that same example (2 Timothy 3:10). Doctrine serves as a proper foundation. If we know true doctrine, we can build on the right foundation (Matthew 7:24-27). Doctrine is important because it helps the church ascertain truth from error (Ephesians 4:14-15; Hebrews 13:9). Only truth contained within the doctrine of the New Testament can set us free from the bondage of sin (John 8:31-32; 17:17; Romans 6:17; 2 John 1:9-11). Any other doctrine is forbidden (1 Timothy 1:3) and is considered the doctrines of demons and of men (2 Timothy 4:1; Colossians 2:22). Jesus stated to His disciples to beware of the leaven (doctrine) of the Pharisees and Sadducees (Matthew 16:12; Mark 7:7). Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men causes one’s worship to God to be in vain (Matthew 15:8-9); whereas true doctrine is among the vital components that make the church’s worship acceptable to God (John 4:23-24). We are not to be led astray by the philosophies of men (Ephesians 4:14; Colossians 2:18, 22). Jesus warned many of the seven churches of the doctrine of the Nicolaitans (Revelation 2:14,15). A church in its work, worship, and way of life will be removed by Christ if it does not adhere firmly to the doctrine of Christ (1 Timothy 1:8-11; 6:1; Revelation 2:5). Even members of the church are to withdraw themselves from those who do not consent to the doctrine of Christ (1 Timothy 6:3-5). Paul urged brethren to note those who caused divisions and offenses that were contrary to the doctrine that they were taught (Romans 16:17; Hebrews 13:9). The work of the church is to fill cities up with the doctrine of Christ (Acts 5:28; 17:19; Acts 8:3-4).
This material is copyrighted by The Gospel of Christ and its authors. This information is free to use in its entirety without further consent, however, modifications should not be made without contacting firstname.lastname@example.org for permission. Any and all images contained herein are believed to be free for all distribution and content.