Doctrine and Devotion

Theology and Doctrine:

When most Christians think of theology and doctrine they think dry, boring and dead religion. In reality nothing could be further from the truth. Theology is simply the study of the nature of God and doctrine is the teaching of your beliefs. When are theology and doctrine have the joy of knowing God through Christ at the center, it is anything but dead and boring religion.

From the spark of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses in 1517, the awakening of the 17-1800’s, to the healing revival of the 1950’s and to our day today, we would be remissed if we did not take time to learn and study from the greats of our past.

Our theology is what keeps our doctrine on the right course and right doctrine ensures fruitful devotion. Devotion is mostly seen as those little books we read but the deeper meaning of devotion is how we live out the teaching of Scripture and the focus of our Christian life.

Each of us would do ourselves great service if we would pick up the writings of men like Jonathan Edwards and John Wesley, we would do well to read the sermons of Charles Spurgeon and George Whitfield. When these and other men are studied with Christ as the focus it cannot help but deepen our relationship with our savior, Jesus and our Father, God.

 

Four Pillars of Teaching:

The following pillars are the main areas that inform the teaching that I do. With a strong theology and doctrine as my foundation it is how those things are applied that help us in the everyday walk of our Christianity. How we read and understand the Bible informs how we live and teach it.

Healing: Healing is more than physical, it is also emotional, mental, relational and financial. One of the earliest promises in Exodus is I am the LORD who heals you. Both the first and renewed covenants have healing as a tenant of the covenant and the subject of that promise has always been a passion of mine, thus it is a pillar of the teaching that I do.

Hope: God is a God of hope, Jesus was moved with compassion in His ministry and Hebrews tells us to hold fast to our hope. Jesus is the hope of the world and Jesus is who I preach and whose word I read and contained on every page of the Bible is hope. Hope not only for eternity but hope and reward in this life. Hold fast to hope, confess hope and give hope.

Holiness: Holiness or Christlikeness is the purpose of salvation and the aim of Christian life. Man was created in the image of God and as a result of the fall in the garden it had to be restored through salvation. Day by day the mind must be renewed in the Scriptures and grow in the nature of Christ. Holiness is not a list of rules but a love for God and a desire to be like Him and through the help of Holy Spirit we can become more and more like Christ in our attitude and actions each day.

Hebrew Heritage: Many times we can find ourselves reading the stories and teachings of the Bible through our own culture.  While we are not called to “be Jewish”, I do believe it s helpful to read the Bible with a Hebrew understanding instead of an American one or even a Greek or Roman understanding. Jesus and the apostles thought and taught in a Hebrew mindset and I believe that is the most beneficial and enriching ways of studying the teachings of the Old and New Testaments. In conjunction with that, The Jewish people are the apple of God’s eye and the Church has received a Jewish Messiah and a Jewish Bible, we are grafted in to a Jewish root, so it is important that we love and bless the Jewish people and the land of Israel.

 

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