By Mark Driscoll
Doctrine is the notice Christians use to outline the truth-claims printed in Holy Scripture. in fact there's a multitude of church buildings, church networks, and denominations, each one with their very own doctrinal assertion with many issues of war of words. yet whereas Christians disagree on a couple of doctrines, there are key parts that can not be denied by way of a person claiming to be a follower of Jesus.
In Doctrine: What Christians may still Believe, Driscoll and Breshears train 13 of those key parts. This meaty but readable evaluation of uncomplicated doctrine can assist Christians make clear and articulate their ideals based on the Bible.
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85Matt. 86Luke 6:10. 22:42. Keller, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism (New York: Penguin, 2008), 214. indd 36 1/19/10 8:46 AM CHAPTER 2 So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 1 CORINTHIANS 2:11a–12 As God’s image bearers, people have a seemingly insatiable appetite for information and communication. From cell phones to televisions, e-mail, radios, iPods, Web sites, blogs, books, magazines, newspapers, movies, songs, text-messages, face-to-face conversations, and the like, people want to know and be known.
Tim Keller explains: To glorify something or someone is to praise, enjoy, and delight in them. When something is useful you are attracted to it for what it can bring you or do for you. But if it is beautiful, then you enjoy it simply for what it is. Just being in its presence is its own reward. To glorify someone is also to serve or defer to him or her. Instead of sacrificing their interests to make yourself happy, you sacrifice your interests to make them happy. Why? 87 What Keller is rightly saying is that the Trinity is the place of the greatest joy that has ever been or ever will be; each member delights in the others and pours himself out continuously for the good of the others in unparalleled delight.
Positively, general revelation means that all people know God in a general way because he has made himself known through creation, common grace, and conscience. 15 Innumerable examples could be given, but some include God bringing missionaries to an unreached people group open to the gospel, God sending dreams and visions of Jesus to Muslims in countries otherwise closed to the gospel, and even sending an angel if necessary to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ. In short, we trust the goodness and sovereignty of God to deal justly with all people.
Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe by Mark Driscoll