The doctrines of theology are the foundations of how we understand and interpret the Scriptures. Many of us read the Bible by faith. We do not question the authority of the Bible; rather, we rely on it to guide our lives. Each time we go to church, we hear a sermon on the doctrines of theology.
Biblical writers make statements on doctrine in different ways.
Jesus never expounded on doctrine except to clarify points that were not understood in the people’s culture. Nevertheless, he left us with the overall doctrines of theology for us to follow.
So, what is doctrine and why do we believe it? What are the foundational doctrines of theology and what are they?
Biblical writers teach us the truth about God and creation. They teach us how God acts in and through His creation. They teach us how the nature of God manifests in the natural world. They teach us how His saving grace enters and affects us in order to purify and regenerate us.
Christ brings us into communion with God. He is the God of the universe, but we are the children of God.
By His incarnation, death, and resurrection, Christ makes a proclamation on our behalf that saves us from eternal death. He expounds the doctrines of the same.
Jesus is the focal point of our faith.
We believe in Him because He is the God-man who died on the cross to redeem us. We believe that He possesses all that is proper to our salvation in order to make us new creatures in Christ Jesus.
Christ is the revelation of God in and through Himself. He reveals to us who we are and how we can get to heaven.
Christ brings us into union with the Father. He shows us the Father’s will for us, and it is this will that makes Him the savior and Redeemer of mankind.
Christ’s sacrifice is the expiation for our sins. It compensates for our original sin and restores us to a position in communion with God. The atonement establishes the holiness of God’s grace in us and permits us to share in His fullness.
Christ presents His believer with His fullness and glory. The riches of His glory fill our being and make us to be like Him. In Christ, we have fellowship with the Father and are a blessing to our neighbor.
- These doctrines of theology are necessary for our salvation.
- We cannot be saved apart from them.
- Without the doctrines of the Church, we cannot rightly understand or worship God.