“Our Daily Bread”
The Daily Devotions of Greg Laurie
Church Doctrine Starts and Ends with the Word”
(Revised from 1/08/2013 by bruce
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…
Before I became a member of my church, I went through a 3 week learning process, with a small group to learn about the doctrine of this church that I was thinking about joining. 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. http://www.bfc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=10&Itemid=121
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 progressive 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.