Doctrine 06 Jan 19

(Message 1) “Gentlemen, this is a football.” Vince Lombardi use to start off the first day of training camp for the Green Bay Packers with with statement. He emphasized perfecting the essentials of football. As we begin our series, we could start the same way, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is a Bible.” Join us as introduce the essentials of the faith and why it’s so important to know the basics. #GCthe7


What the Bible teaches us today about a particular topic.


Reasons we should study doctrine:

  1. Helps us better understand the Bible.
  2. Helps us discern truth from lies.
  3. Helps us to grow in our faith.


The “Doctrine Bullseye”

Doctrine Bullseye
Doctrine Bullseye Posture

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Jude 1:3-4
“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”

1 Timothy 1:8-11
We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • In your lifetime what types of “coaching” styles have you experienced, whether it be speech, plays, sports or other types of activities? Did they lean toward emphasizing the fundamentals or something else? Share some of your specific experiences.

Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.

  • We will be studying 7 of the most essential doctrines of our faith.

  • Troy shared 3 reasons why we should study doctrine. Discuss the 3 reasons and the scriptures Troy used for each. How do the three work together to encourage us to love people as we contend for the faith, regardless of their positions?

Start sharingChoose a question to create openness.

  • What was the reason for your last argument? What was the real motivation for the argument? In hindsight, was it worth arguing for?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • The Doctrine Bullseye illustrates what, at the core, are essentials or doctrines of the faith, whether or not you agree with them. As Troy stated: “These are things doctrinally that unite us as a church (Generations).” Convictions and Opinions are based on personal beliefs or conditioning apart from the Essentials, regardless of whether they are biblically based. How often are your discussions of the faith based on Convictions or Opinions rather than Essentials? Give examples.

  • If you were to describe your beliefs to someone, would you state just the Essentials, or would you list your Convictions and Opinions as well? Discuss how you can take steps to establish guardrails to protect the Essentials from being overshadowed by your Convictions and Opinions.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Pray that we can boldly stand on the essentials of the faith, be humble when we differ in our convictions and be respectful when we have a different opinion than our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Start digging. For further study.


Troy Knight

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