My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Faith and Doctrine
In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.
(1 Timothy 4:6 NASB)
Timothy was serving in the town of Ephesus, a cosmopolitan city
where goddess worship was prevalent. Paul was giving him advice on how
to minister and he pointed out that there were two things that Timothy
needed to focus on in his ministry -- faith and sound doctrine.
Most believers today would agree that faith is where we need to
focus our attention. We must have faith in Jesus Christ and in the word
of God, but somehow the concept of sound doctrine seems to fail us.
Too often I hear people complain that they don't want to hear what some
person has thought about doctrine or theology, they only want to read
the Bible. There were plenty of people in Paul's day who knew the
scriptures but Paul was concerned with their "unsound" doctrine. Take
Apollos, for example. He arrived able to preach exceedingly well but he
was a little off on some of his Christian doctrine. Priscilla and
Aquilla had to have a little chat with him and he was open to learning
from them. Therefore they invested time in Apollos and taught him sound
doctrine so that he could be a great preacher of the faith. Throughout
the centuries the church has fought to teach "sound" doctrine in the
midst of many different heresies, especially concerning the nature of
God and Christ. What many folks today don't realize is that they are
repeating the very same heresies of nearly two thousand years ago when
they want to simply "go to the Bible."
An amazing foundation has been laid for us as people of faith. The
apologists and martyrs who have gone before us have been willing to put
their lives on the line for sound doctrine and for their faith. We have
been handed an incredible treasure in our faith and doctrine. Timothy
knew that he had been as well because it was handed to him by Paul who
was literally giving his life for the message. I am grateful for all of
those who have gone before and who have paid the price for us to be
able to have not only the Scriptures, but a sound doctrine which has
been handed down to us, and which has been entrusted into our care. We
live in a world not much unlike that of Timothy's -- a world that
worships the gods of the times. In the midst of it we too are
admonished to hang onto the faith and to sound doctrine. This is not
the time to throw out all the work of the cloud of witnesses who have
gone before us, but rather, to embrace them and to take our
responsibility seriously to live in faith and to constantly be nourished
by sound doctrine.
Lord, I am grateful for what has been handed down to us. Please,
help us to live in the faith and doctrine you have entrusted to us.