Friday, May 04, 2007

Word Association: Doctrine

I need some responses to these two questions:

1. What does your average evangelical church member think of when they hear the word "doctrine"?

2. What do you think of when you hear the word "doctrine"?


Gary Brady said...

1. Dry dusty tomes that may yield something perhaps
2. Good succulent meat that may take some chewing but will nourish you and build you up

John Orchard said...

1. ....divides.
2. The substance of your preaching and teaching; whether good or bad.

Tim said...

1. Long hard words used in the bible about what God has done. Good things to know, but we should wait for someone to tell us what to believe, this is too much like work to look through our selves! Not something you bring up in polite conversation.

2. Doctrine is biblical truths useful for the building up of Christians and also for the answering of opposition.

I think though, I do tend sometimes towards the rather lazy view of point one, that I can leave someone else to explain things that I could read and find my self, not putting the work in my self to properly understand; so making what should be plain and clear hazy in my mind; knowing what I believe clearly from preaching, or personal reading but not knowing always from where in the bible it comes from, what passages back up these truths. Making it very hard to stand firm if someone is arguing against what you know to be sound doctrine. When you are scrambling through our bible desperate to find something to back you up, when they seem to have a million proof texts to throw in your face.

étrangère said...

1. ...isn't truth, it's 'just theology'.

2. "For it is no empty word for you, but your very life..." and moreso, "The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life."