While we always teach and cover doctrine in church services, over the next few years we will dedicate several series to teaching specific Bible doctrines. A couple of weeks ago we kicked-off this strategy with a series on the doctrine of the Trinity.
It’s no surprise that for many, “doctrine” isn’t a subject that immediately energizes or inspires them. It can be almost scary for some who mistakenly think that Bible doctrine is something that only matters to “deep” Christians or those in academic fields. Those thoughts and feelings may be real, but they shouldn’t be the norm among Christian thinking.
I think simple definitions are always helpful. When we talk about Bible Doctrine we mean: scriptural teachings on theological truths (who God is, how He operates and His impact in the human experience).
Let me give you a few reasons why the study of Bible doctrine absolutely matters.
Doctrine Impacts Our Behavior
Proverbs 4:23 reminds us “…guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” All throughout the Bible we are taught that Christianity is an inside-out experience. That means that our everyday experiences, choices, and decisions we make are based on a truth system to which we have surrendered our life.
Unfortunately much of the “truth” we embrace isn’t really truth at all. It’s a world-view shaped largely by pop-culture, selfish interest, and godless philosophy.
Our study and embrace of Biblical doctrine serves to replace our faulty world-view with the absolute truth of God and His design.
As we go deep in doctrine, it really begins to change the way we think and live.
Doctrine Offers Opportunity For Continual Spiritual Growth
The Christian faith is truly remarkable in that it is both incredibly simple to understand yet inexhaustible in its depth.
A small child can grasp the essence of faith in our great God. At the same time, the greatest human mind cannot completely understand everything there is to know about who God is.
That means that each of us — from the youngest to the most mature — have opportunity to continually grow and add meaningful dimension to our faith.
Doctrine and spiritual growth are inseparable.
Doctrine Enhances Our Creativity, Imagination And Wonder
I’ll admit that most of us don’t immediately lump doctrine and creativity or imagination into the same thought process, but I believe there is so much connection.
God’s story in the human experience is not only important, but it is incredibly interesting. The Bible is full of stories of adventure, surprise and miracles. The Bible describes the beauty of creation and the mystery of the Gospel.
As you and I dig deep into knowing our incredible God, I don’t believe we can help but be inspired by our creator, captivated by His power and in awe of His glory.
This spills over into our everyday experiences. We can enjoy the beauty of creation, embrace the joy of imagination with our children, and become inspired by our Gospel mission.
Doctrine introduces us to a limitless God that invites us to know Him more.
Don’t be afraid to dig deep in the study of your faith. Bible doctrine absolutely matters!
 Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology