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The foundational doctrines of Christ

 Repentance from dead works ] Faith toward God ] Doctrine of Baptisms ] Laying on of hands ] Resurrection of the dead ] Eternal Judgement ]  

Hebrews 5: 11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. (NIV)

Why is it so important that we lay a solid foundation and progress to studying meat, not milk? Because by studying the meat of the Word constantly, the solid food, we are then trained to distinguish good from evil. We are able to discern correctly – and this is vitally important in the days that we live in, because the Bible speaks specifically about deception in the church in the last days.

Mark 13: 21 And then if any one say to you, Lo, here is the Christ, or Lo, there, believe it not. 22 For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and give signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

The Bible warns us at least 35 x in the New Testament alone – “do not be deceived”.
Therefore, if our doctrine is not correct now, our conduct cannot possibly be correct.

If our doctrine is not correct now, then we WILL be deceived when the AntiChrist comes.

Carrying on… Hebrews 6: 1Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. (KJV)

From the scripture above we see again that there are six (6) elementary principles or doctrines of Christ:

1) repentance from dead works,

2) faith toward God,

3) the doctrine of baptisms,

4) the laying on of hands,

5) the resurrection of the dead, and

6) eternal judgment.

 

And if we lay the foundation of these principles properly, we are able to “go on unto perfection”.

 

This is confirmed in 2 Tim 3 : 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 perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.

 

This verse tells us that Scripture alone is enough for a man of God to be made perfect, thoroughly capable of doing, not just some good works, but ALL good works.

 

It is essential therefore to lay a solid foundation in the elementary doctrines of Christ, in order that we can go on to spiritual maturity.

 

This is particularly important when starting a Home cell or home bible study group. Too often, Christians get bogged down in their Bible study arguing about principles that really need to be understood before continuing with a fellowship. There is no point to a Bible study if the participants do not understand the basic fundamental doctrines of Christ.

 

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 Repentance from dead works ] Faith toward God ] Doctrine of Baptisms ] Laying on of hands ] Resurrection of the dead ] Eternal Judgement ]