BIBLE READING: Titus 2.1-15
It seems that in the religious world today we hear a good bit of the word “doctrine” thrown around. For instance, some say we need to do away with our doctrines and focus on the love that God has for all of his people. But what is doctrine? Is it important, or is it just the thing that divides believers? According to Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, the word “doctrine” simply means “teaching” or “that which is being taught”. The Bible is very clear that this “doctrine” or “teaching” is that of God, and not our personal way of thinking. In Matthew 7.28, the word is used to describe the teaching or doctrine of Jesus. In that same passage, His teaching is noted as being one with authority. In fact, in at least nine passages in the Gospels it is referred to as Christ’s teaching. In Titus 1.9, Paul urges Titus to “hold fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching”. Also in Romans 16.17, Paul warns them concerning those who are not teaching “the teaching”. With that as our foundation, we must seek to grow and accept that anything other than that which God’s Word says, is wrong. As you continue to grow in your faith, you will often have questions as to what is right or wrong concerning religious matters. Often people will go to their religious leaders or friends for their opinions of thought. Let me suggest that when you have questions make sure you only use the Bible as your standard. It only is God’s teaching.