“Church Doctrine Starts and Ends with the Word” 5/07/2015 by bruce

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“Church Doctrine Starts and Ends with the Word”

(Revised by bruce from 1/08/2013)

2 Timothy 3:13-14… But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, (NKJV)

The opening scripture was written by the Apostle Paul, to his protégé Timothy. Paul was urging Timothy to continue to learn and grow in his biblical knowledge and spiritual wisdom. In the opening scripture, the Apostle Paul was writing to Timothy from a cold prison cell in Rome. Paul was in chains, with no hope of being released (2 Timothy 4:6), because of Nero’s rise to power as a Christian persecutor. The Apostle Paul’s instructions to Timothy are every bit as important today, as they were almost 2,000 years ago.

Many people are being deceived today, because what they have learned about God, they have learned from sources that can not be trusted. I wrote the other day, about the importance of finding the right church. And it is the doctrine of the church that must be biblically based and preached, for the churchgoer to have the assurance that they have found a good church. Here is the link for those who want to catch up. https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/gods-group-thoughts-for-1052013-the-right-church/

I am going through a 3 week learning process, with a small group at the church I have been going to for a few months now; to learn about the doctrine of this church that I am thinking about joining. (Joined a few weeks after posting this) The very first point in their church doctrine (which is called their “Articles of Faith”)…states that it is the Holy Scriptures – the supreme and infallible and inerrant Word of God…that is the final authority for the beliefs and the doctrine that this church is based upon.

Here is a link to the BFC “Articles of Faith”, for those interested in what I believe is a well written church doctrine…


The Pastor made a point at stating, that the Holy Bible (which is God breathed, as it is called), takes precedence over their “Articles of Faith”; because their church doctrine was written by man.

When a church bases its doctrine on laws, rituals, and traditions that have been formulated and written down by man…and this doctrine is not 100% based upon a Bible, like the KJV…the people of this church are being deceived, like the Apostle Paul is warning Timothy, in the opening scripture.

The Apostle Paul goes on in 2nd Timothy, to reiterate sound doctrine from God’s Word to Timothy, who was serving as the pastor of the church at Ephesus. Timothy was well versed in Paul’s theology from years of training. But the Apostle Paul wanted to give him some final doctrine, before the Apostle Paul was reportedly martyred in AD 67. Here is a link to more information on the Apostle Paul… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_the_Apostle

The book of 2nd Timothy includes doctrine on salvation by God’s sovereign grace, through the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…

2 Timothy 1:8-10… Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, (NKJV)

2nd Timothy also includes the absolute most important scripture of the New Testament…on how and why God wrote the Bible, in…

2 Timothy 3:16-17… All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NKJV)

The inerrant Word of God, the Bible…should be the only source for sound church “doctrine”; and it must be opened, read, studied, and digested, for the Christian to be effective in their pursuit of being conformed to the image of Christ…Romans 8:29… This lifelong development of being conformed to Christ is called sanctification; and is a never ending process that will only be complete on the day the Christian stands face to face with the Lord in heaven.

A Christian can only learn so much from weekly attendance in church. Reading the Bible daily, has become a joy for me…as I open and seek what God wants me to learn that day from His Word. And without being fed by God’s Word, as Jesus tells us is necessary for spiritual growth, in…Matthew 4:4…the Christian’s growth in spiritual wisdom and maturity will never flourish like God desires for all of His children. Am I complete in Christ ?? Not by a long shot !! The more I learn, the more I realize how much I have yet to learn.

Heavenly Father, I pray that You would urge everyone, no matter where they are in life…to understand that we must all give an account of our life to You (Romans 14:11-12). Give us the will Lord (John 6:44), to seek Christ while He may still be found (Isaiah 55:6). And then Lord, urge Your children to grow closer to You through diligently reading Your Word (James 4:7-8). I pray for this fullness of Christ for all of us, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ, bruce


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I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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2 Responses to “Church Doctrine Starts and Ends with the Word” 5/07/2015 by bruce

  1. DJ says:

    Amen. The fear of the Lord is His treasure (Isaiah 33:6). Maybe we can better comprehend the treasure in the field and Psalm 33? Blessings to you (Psalm 20). http://www.derekprince.org/Publisher/File.aspx?ID=1000035003

  2. Peter says:

    Greetings Bruce

    I thought I would say hello after I noticed you referred Violet to your site. Since the reformation focusing on the Bible as the source of doctrine has been the hallmark of the protestant church. Indeed Calvin said the marks of the true church were the teaching of sound doctrine and the right administration of the sacraments.

    Unfortunately in almost 500 years since the time of Calvin there has been a continual splintering of the church as people of apparent good faith argue over these two very points. Usually when there is a split both sides can cite Scripture to support their position and often claim that the Holy Spirit has directed them in their understanding of the Scripture.

    So whilst everyone agrees that Scripture should be the sole source of doctrine this has not led to unity. Interestingly one of the reasons that the Catholic Church focused on tradition as well as Scripture was that they had learnt from bitter experience that if everyone is free to interpret Scripture for themselves you end up with quite divergent interpretations. These divergent interpretations can’t all be correct so it seems that many people throughout history who think they have been hearing the Holy Spirit guide them in their interpretation of Scripture have in fact been mistaken.

    An example of a popular teaching today which has very dubious scriptural support is the rapture. Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that this teaching had not been part of any church until the start of the 19th century when it was proclaimed as a prophetic utterance at the Catholic Apostolic Church (a very strange church) run by Edward Irving. Yet despite the dubious source of the teaching it has now been mainstream teaching in much of the Church.

    There are so many points of contention where there are Godly people are on both sides of the debate, with both sides claiming scripture and the Holy Spirit is on their side.

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