The truth of the Bible's teachings
Today's devotion is based on 1 Timothy 1:3,4: "Command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God's work – which is by faith."
I often hear people say that we shouldn't be divided on doctrine; instead, we should focus on the 'main thing' of faith in Jesus and the salvation that comes through the gift of faith. It is easy to see doctrine as limiting or hindering our faith growth and mission. Getting caught up in doctrinal issues can even seem like a waste of time and energy. However, the Bible tells us that true doctrine is essential to expressing God's love.
What we believe and teach is reflected in the practices we have in our church. There are many examples of poor doctrine that have hurt people. Poor doctrine in terms of marriage meant that some were trapped in abusive marriages. Over-emphasizing the sanctified life has sometimes created a new legalism, leading to anxiety. On the other hand, sound doctrine is a means for us to experience God's love. May we seek sound doctrine together as God's Church.
Please pray with me: Father God, help us all work together to teach and love good doctrine for your glory and our blessing. Amen.