Doctrine

Welcome to the third blog entry of New Direction, where we search the Spirit, Scripture and more discovering the New Direction God is leading his church in this post modern culture.  Today, we take a quick look at doctrine.

It is often said that churches stand and fall on their doctrine.  If you investigate the reason for the hundreds of denominations in existence today, oftentimes, you will find doctrine as the main culprit.  In fact, numerous individuals, professing Christ as Lord, killed others for differences in doctrine.  In 1 Tim 6.3-5, Paul warns that one who understands nothing teaches a ‘different doctrine.’  So, what is doctrine, and just how important is it?  For this entry, I will quote heavily from Cecil Hooks paper, Gospel & Doctrine.

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The Gospel

newdirection LG(This is the second in a series called “New Direction”) – With the introductions out of the way, we jump right into the meat of what this show is about.  As I mentioned before, my wife, friends and I desire to share what we have learned over two decades of following Christ and living for His Glory outside the context of a traditional church gathering.  Of course, much of what I share will also benefit those who play a role in a traditional church, as well.  Today’s entry, in particular, can benefit anyone, believer or not.  Today we talk about the Gospel message.  The word gospel means good news.

Here are some scriptures which plainly convey the Gospel message. 

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New Direction – Introduction

Salutations.

Through the centuries, God’s spirit has led his people in new directions.  Using pillars of fire and cloud, He took his people from Egypt to the promised land.  With His Son, He showed us the higher law of love.  With an outpouring of His Spirit, He gave His body new gifts and abilities.  Throughout the centuries, God has used men and organizations to carry out His Will and demonstrate His Glory.  While God’s truth never changes, His direction to us often does.  Every step of the way, some held stubbornly onto the old ways and traditions.  However, in each generation, God found those willing to follow Him in a New Direction!

Today, we see just that.  The aged approach of institutional churches continues to lose effectiveness in a post modern culture.  Followers of Jesus search for what it means to BE the church.  Some have even left these organizations, while many more stay in, struggling to understand their role in the body of Christ.  Their hearts long to be used to love others as Jesus commanded.  At the same time, through the Holy Spirit, some of His children continue to discover fresh ways to read God’s Word, work in exciting, new ministries and reach out to the lost.

In my newest blog and video series, “New Direction,” we explore this movement.  Join me as I share insight from the Bible, our forefathers, Christians siblings, and even life experiences.  Together we will seek God’s face in reaching this post-modern culture and glorifying Him.  Subscribe to the Youtube channel (below) for a new video nearly every week, jump in the discussion right here on on my blog and join us, so we may reason together.  May God bless you.

In discussing the new focus God has brought to me, I wish to first provide a little background for those who do not know me, personally.  My name is Phil, aka JCServant.  Over two decades ago, I handed my life over to Christ after studying numerous religious texts.  God spoke to me, through the Bible, showing me how much I hurt Him and others through my selflish, sinful life, how I deserved death, and how He, in His love, took my place on the cross.  I began attending church, and searching God’s Word to learn more about following Him as a disciple.

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What in a name? Everything.

This is a follow up to my last post.

Recently, I contacted a local pastor to discuss evangelicalism and challenges in the Salt Lake Valley area.  The time we spent together over a meal went rather well.  We lost track of time talking about numerous topics, despite our dramatically different backgrounds.  Later, I sent a follow up email asking him if we could get together again, as brothers, and discuss the Word of God further and become friends.

The letter, politely worded, indicated that while he did not question my heart (for God?), he could not consider me a brother.

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Church is not Church

goingtochurchOnce again, a facebook posting inspired my faith based article for the week.  This one has to do with a picture which states, “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.”  Numerous posts (some in total CAPS) preceded and followed the picture.

First, my blood pressure rises just a bit when I see pictures and posts like this.  If someone honestly believes that going to a weekly church event will, alone, qualify them for entrance into heaven, their strong delusions will not be dispelled by a simple internet posting. I have yet to see a posting like this ever receive even one response of sudden realization that the point made has changed their life.

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Literal Truth

Note: This is part of a series dealing with Christianity and Post Modernism. Recently, I watched a video by Monica Dennington where she took renown pastor, John Piper, to task for comments he made regarding women’s place in missionary work.  To her point, he quoted the Bible very little, and nearly tripped over his own … Read more

Taking Down Crosses

Salutations. On a fairly regular basis, friends will share with me articles showing acts that range from atheistic to down right anti-Christian or anti religious.  One day, one may show me an article about the a plaque with the ten commandments taken down from a local courthouse.  Another might show me an article where a … Read more

Actions Speak Louder

Note: This is part of a series dealing with Christianity and Post Modernism. “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”  – Kevin Max “We are … Read more

Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

Salutations. First, and foremost, I hope that everyone out there enjoys the blessings of our Lord and Savior today… whether you celebrate Christmas, or something else. As  I monitor the news I have noted that the “Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holiday” wars continue to escalate.  Recently, a store owner posted “Merry Christmas” on her store … Read more