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Three sample doctrines,[object Object],The Trinity,[object Object],The deity of Christ ,[object Object],Salvation by faith alone,[object Object],Calvinism,[object Object],The inerrancy of Scripture,[object Object],Dispensationalism,[object Object],Nature ,[object Object],of God,[object Object],Nature of ,[object Object],salvation,[object Object],Nature ,[object Object],of Bible,[object Object]
Doctrine vs. Scripture,[object Object],Scripture: God’s thoughts using God’s words,[object Object],Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. 1 Cor 2:12-13,[object Object],Doctrine: Scriptural ideas using human words,[object Object],Examples: “Trinity”, “Inerrancy of Scripture” not found in the Bible itself,[object Object]
Doctrine vs. Scripture,[object Object],Why do we need doctrine?,[object Object],Why not just use Scripture’s words?,[object Object],Doctrine serves four key functions:,[object Object],It summarizes,[object Object],It harmonizes,[object Object],It corrects errors,[object Object],It provides a system,[object Object],For teaching,[object Object],For interpretation,[object Object]
Doctrine vs. Scripture,[object Object],How authoritative is doctrine?,[object Object],It is based on Scripture,[object Object],It is the product of much investigation,[object Object],We shouldn’t decide to reinvent the wheel lightly,[object Object],Not all doctrines are created equal,[object Object],Some are more central than others,[object Object],Some are better established than others,[object Object],However,[object Object],Only Scripture’s words are inerrant,[object Object],Scripture does not present a harmonized account,[object Object],Scripture does not contradict itself …,[object Object],… but the human writers didn’t have to know how to reconcile it,[object Object]
Doctrine vs. Scripture,[object Object],Doctrine wraps Scriptural ideas into a tidy package,[object Object],The value of having a box to put ideas in,[object Object],Having to rebuild a box occasionally,[object Object]

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