It was a beautiful day to be in the house of the Lord. Our special songs were, as always, very spiritually filled. Sister Linda Gardener reminded us of an old hymn, “Rock of Ages”. He has always been one of my favourites. She sang it as it should and we were all blessed.
Following this, Sister Louine Gardner and Sister Joyce Walters sang another very old song, “O’ Come Angel Band”.
When the pastor started his sermon, he asked if we believed in the doctrine. For my part, I had to think for a minute before I could answer. So he made it clear that we all must believe in doctrine because the word of God is doctrine. I had never thought of it like that, so I was very interested to know where he was going with that statement. He told us that the word doctrine is found about 50 times in the Old and New Testaments. More times in the new than in the old. He then gave us the definition of the doctrine, which made things much clearer. There are so many different interpretations, but the one applied to the Bible said it was to teach the intellectually responsible terms of the gospel and the faith shown by its children.
John 7:16 is about Jesus responding to those who often questioned his knowledge of God’s word. He simply said that my doctrine is not mine, but the doctrine of Him who sent me. Then in chapter 17 He goes on to say that if anyone wants to do the will of God, he will know this doctrine. There is only one true doctrine and many false prophets will try to change it to suit their way of life. Romans 16:17 refers to those who teach false doctrines and says that whoever breaks any of the commandments of God and teaches men a doctrine that causes division and offenses, their teachings are contrary to the doctrine of God. He said to avoid these men because they speak good words but deceive the hearts of many.
The Old Testament is our school text and always aligns with the new. So the true meaning is essentially to teach, to learn, and then to apply it to our daily walk with God. We will never learn everything we need to know, but we must continue to strive to learn more every day. Yes, it is a daily process, which means that we must read our Bible daily to be able to understand the requirements that we must meet. The marvelous thing about walking is that we are never alone. Our Lord is always by our side to help us in every battle.
In Job 11:4 we learn that Job was a pure man and proclaimed the word of God to be his doctrine. Can we say that? Pay attention to how you respond. God has given us good doctrine and tells us not to forsake the law. The Bible will tell you that when you begin the walk, you will be like a baby who only drinks the milk of the word. However, over time he expects us to grow and be fed the meat of the word, which is deeper. There is a very specific chain of command in Ephesians 4:14, which states that we are no longer children tossed about and carried away by every wind of doctrine uttered by the cunning craftiness of evil men waiting to deceive you.
It would benefit everyone if they took the time to read all of 1 Corinthians chapter 14. He talks about the gifts of the spirit and a very important one is the gift of discernment. This gift will always give you the feeling that something is wrong when people turn away from the doctrine of a good and holy life.
You see, Pastor Bob said, “As the word says, we’re living in a time that some will lead you astray.” He then said very seriously that we had better keep our heads straight and follow the doctrine laid down in the word of God.
I would like to invite you to worship with us at The Cove, where the truth is spoken, and the truth will set you free. Our church is in Lanagan, at the top of the hill off the main street. Our church is the one whose steeple directs souls to Calvary. Services are held at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays and at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays for Bible study.
The opinions expressed are those of the author.