In Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Doctrine is defines as: “Act of teaching or that which is taught. The use of the term in Scripture, however, is broader than a simple reference to information passed on from one person to another or from one generation to the next. Christianity is a religion founded on a message of good news rooted in the significance of the life of Jesus Christ. In Scripture, then, doctrine refers to the entire body of essential theological truths that define and describe that message ( 1 Timothy 1:10 ; 1 Timothy 4:16 ; 1 Timothy 6:3 ; Titus 1:9 ). The message includes historical facts, such as those regarding the events of the life of Jesus Christ ( 1 Corinthians 11:23 ). But it is deeper than biographical facts alone. As J. Gresham Machen pointed out years ago, Jesus’ death is an integral historical fact but it is not doctrine. Jesus’ death for sins ( 1 Corinthians 15:3 ) is doctrine. Doctrine, then, is scriptural teaching on theological truths.”
This series of messages on doctrine is what Real Life Church believes to be true. While we are happy to entertain questions about these topics from those genuinely seeking truth, we are not going to change our fundamental positions.
The slides presented as visual aids during the sermon series by Elder Larry Ullom, are captured below in PDF files for you to download and study. We are not able to provide audio of the messages at this time, but we hope the notes will prove useful.
- Doctrine – GOD (2/26/2017)
- Doctrine – The Bible (3/19/2017)
- Doctrine – Man (4/23/2017)
- Doctrine – Sin & Salvation (5/21/2017)
For a more complete summary of the things we believe the Bible teaches, check out the Baptist Faith and Message and the 99 Essential Doctrines listed in these references. This series will not cover all these doctrines in detail.