This is my first post for 2016 and it comes from a message I preached at C3 Service Manly yesterday. I preached on something I am passionate about – what we believe.
This message came out of a season in my life last year when a thought popped into my head one day while I was walking the dog. The thought began as a seed and it quickly took root and before I knew it I had a new belief system in my mind – I had a new doctrine.
The sad thing about this doctrine was that it caused me to doubt God and despair that I wouldn’t see his goodness in an area of my life.
Good thing for me – this season didn’t last too long. Thanks to the Still Small Voice I came to my senses and dug out that faulty doctrine. However it reminded me how important it is to watch what we are believing.
Doctrine is not for Bible College students or academics – it is crucial for all of us. Paul speaking to Timothy says “Watch your life and doctrine closely”.
The reason it is crucial to watch your doctrine is because what you believe will determine how you live.
Here’s the key beliefs that will determine how we live and love.
1. God is the Father
If I believe God is a Good Father it will change the way I live. People with Good Fathers are confident in who they are and happy to ask their Fathers for help
2. Jesus did it ALL on the Cross.
We have got to keep central in our minds that there is nothing we can do to earn God’s grace . This will keep works mentality from sneaking into our thinking . We cannot earn God’s love- we have it 100% every day!
3. The Holy Spirit is NOT the Force (Sorry Star Wars fans)
He is the third person of the trinity, he is our guide, comforter and friend – he is God and He is the power that raised Jesus from the dead and lives on the inside of us. Incredible!
4. The Church is NOT a Meeting on a Sunday.
It is not a religious box we tick once a week. It is a dwelling place that God lives by his Spirit – it is the family of God- at points dysfunctional but still our family.
5. EVERY Person is valuable and made in the image of God!
That no matter the gender, age, status, ability – every person deserves respect and care. No person’s life is disposable for any cause. I hate to get political on a Monday morning but gosh I wish more people in our world understood this doctrine – life is sacred because it comes from God.
I know this is all pretty basic, but if I could forget God is Good for a season – I figured maybe you could too.
Believing for a great 2016 for you all – filled with great doctrine !
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