Began teaching a series on doctrine last night at my church. My pastor asked me to take 6 weeks and go over some of the essentials of the faith. Last night was introductory and I spent some time talking about the importance of doctrine itself. Stuck with the Gospel of Matthew for most of the class. Here was the outline I followed for the most part:
- Jesus’ ministry was a teaching ministry (Matt. 4:23; 9:35; 26:55)
- Jesus taught with authority (Matt. 7:28-29; 22:23)
- Jesus corrected false doctrine (Matt. 15:9)
- Jesus warns against false doctrine (Matt. 16:12 cf. Matt. 7)
- Jesus commanded the disciples to teach (Matt. 28:20)
We barely touched on Ephesians 4 at the end of the class but I’ll take up Paul next week before moving on to talk about particular doctrines. I wanted to focus on Jesus last night since we’re called to be imitators of Christ and the Christian life is one of being conformed into Christ’s image. Doctrine was clearly important to Jesus so it should be no less important to us!