Doctrine Matters

Notes from a sermon preached by Dr. Greg Sloop at the Kannapolis Church of God on Sunday, January 28, 2018 in the 10:30 am service.  For video of service, go to the church website,, and click on the livestream link for a replay of the service.  For audio of the service, go the the website and click on the media page.

Doctrine – theology, the study of God;

The sages of ancient days, like Abraham, Moses, Solomon, Isaiah; Jesus, Peter, James, and John, Paul.

Heroes of our Faith like R. G. Spurling, A. J. Tomlinson, F. J. Lee; Wade Horton, Ray Hughes, James Slay.

Educators like Hollis Gause, French Arrington, Steve Land.

They and so many others have had a hand in forming the doctrine of the Christian Church

Doctrine is what the church believes about God. It is the codified statements of who the church believes God is. It is not just what an individual thinks, but a united statement of the church. Doctrine is not opinion. Doctrine must be based on Scripture, for doctrine is only true if it is supported by Scripture, and if it supports Scripture.

2 Timothy 3:10–17 (NKJV)

10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

Doctrine is an Anchor
Doctrine keeps you tethered to faith
Doctrine will carry you through trials and persecutions (and they will come)

13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Continuing in the true doctrine you have learned, based on and along with the Holy Scriptures, you will be saved through faith.

Doctrine fuels faith, which fuels perseverance, which fuels salvation.

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

You can count on the Scriptures. The Bible is reliable and true.

It is the foundation upon which our belief must stand. One cannot base any doctrine or belief on social constructs or political climates or the temperature of the culture. Doctrine must be unwaveringly based upon the Word of God!

True Doctrine alone will make one complete and equip them for good work in the Kingdom.

Acts 2:42–47 (NKJV)

42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.

The benefits of doctrine:

Wonders and Signs

46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

One Accord

In Worship
In Fellowship
In Reputation, Influence, and Testimony
In Growth

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father [the only-begotten; that is, of the essence of the Father, God of God], Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made [both in heaven and on earth];
Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down and was incarnate and was made man;
He suffered, and the third day He rose again, ascended into heaven; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
And in the Holy Ghost.

Ritzema, Elliot. “Nicene Creed.” Ed. John D. Barry et al. The Lexham Bible Dictionary 2016 : n. pag. Print.

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead, ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty; thence he will come to judge the living and the dead;
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the flesh, and eternal life. Amen.

Lienhard, Joseph, T. “Apostles’ Creed.” The dictionary of historical theology 2000 : 21–22. Print.

Church of God Declaration of Faith

We Believe:

In the verbal inspiration of the Bible. (Revelation)

In one God eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. (Trinity)

That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary.

That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor. (Christology)

That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins. (Hamartiology)

That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ. (Soteriology)

In sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word, and by the Holy Ghost. (Hagiology)Holiness to be God’s standard of living for His people.

In the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart. (Pneumatology)

In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

In water baptism by immersion, and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement.

In the Lord’s Supper and washing of the saints’ feet.

In the premillennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.(Eschatology)

In the bodily resurrection; eternal life for the righteous, and eternal punishment for the wicked.

Takeaway Thoughts

Doctrine is the foundational truths about God.
Doctrine is and must be based on Scripture
Pure and True Doctrine brings multiplied benefits to the Church and the Believer.

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