What is Christian Doctrine… and what does the bible say about it?
Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 2 John 1:8-9 KJV
The NIV translation reads:
Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
Speaking in reference to spiritual leaders and elders in the church, Paul said:
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. Titus 1:9 NIV
What is the Christian Doctrine, or the Doctrine of Christ?
See the following online resources:
- Essential doctrines of the Christian Faith
Doctrine defined. Orthodoxy vs Heresy. A list of the 7 central doctrines of the Christian faith.
- Chart of theÂ Doctrines of the Christian Faith
This chart outlines the primary essentials, with detailed comments
- Why Does Doctrine Matter?
An explanation of the importance of bible study and discernment in regards to doctrine.
There is some information here labeled “Biblical Orthodoxy”: Doctrine Grid that may be of interest as well. Often when the word ‘doctrine’ is used, people relate that to their denomination or statement of faith. But the Christian Doctrine is the teachings of the bible and the message of the gospel.
Doctrine, from Latin doctrina (compare doctor), means “a code of beliefs”, “a body of teachings” or “instructions”, taught principles or positions, as the body of teachings in a branch of knowledge or belief system.
The Scriptures tell us that we must abide in the teachings of Christ, and hold firmly to the doctrine… so that we can encourage others, and also “refute those who oppose it”. This means that we should continuously study our bibles, seek to understand the full message that has been given to us, and keep ourselves fresh in the Word.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15