We began a new Sunday school class today on Bible Doctrine. This class is the beginning of a detailed study of bible subjects and topics with the emphasis on reviewing the context of Scripture for its correct interpretation and for our edification.
What is Bible Doctrine? It is the collection of beliefs in the Holy Scriptures. The word “doctrine” is based upon an English derivative of the Greek words didake and didaskalia, which means teaching or instruction.
Doctrine refers to teaching, but there is good teaching and bad teaching, and the Bible warns us that we need to seek sound instruction and reject false teaching (Galatians 1:8-9; 2 John 9-11).
Why is Bible Doctrine important?
- It provides us with insight into how God communicates with us and gives us guidance as to how we practice our faith and trust in Him (1 John 1:1-4).
- God’s Word provides us the essentials of truth (John 1:1; 17:17).
- God’s Word is timeless and has staying power (Psalm 100:5).
- It gives us the knowledge we need to love God to the best of our ability (John 14:21).
- It gives us the ability to know truth and to discern what is contrary to God’s Word (Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1).