"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving." Colossians 2:6, 7

Sections on Doctrine

1. Reformed Doctrine

A discussion of the doctrine of the Reformation and the Reformed confessions and standards

Doctrine and Church History

Do you know the history of Christian doctrine and the history of the Christian church? This doctrine and the Christian church cannot be understood apart from their history: the battles fought for the truth, the struggle to understand and grow in the word. As errors and misdirections have occurred, they needed to be corrected and the church reformed on the basis of God's Word. Old errors also reappear in a new suit of clothes. While this subject is a vast one, one way to approach it is by reading about those who were important in the history of the Christian church and its doctrine. The following link is to a book by Professor Herman Hanko which gives brief sketches or portraits of faithful saints, and some not so faithful, but significant figures in Christian church history.

Portraits of Faithful Saints

Doctrine in General

Introductory pages

Question: What is doctrine? What does the word mean in scripture and why is it important?

The word: Doctrine

Question: What does the word catechism mean? Is it used in the Bible? What is the Biblical place of catechism instruction?

Catechism-- What is that?

Question: Do you know God and His glory? Do you glory in knowing the living and true God as the God of your salvation?

Glorying in Knowing God

2. Essentials of Reformed Doctrine

A course in Reformed doctrine using a catechism class format

3. The Covenant of Grace

The covenant of grace stands at the heart of Reformed doctrine. The section treats the covenant of grace and issues relating to it.

4. Calvinism and Sovereign Grace

This section treats the doctrines of grace, the five points of Calvinism, the sovereignty of God, and related issues

5. The Doctrine of the Church

This section treats the organic life of the people of God, established by grace in His covenant and formed into the church as instituted by Christ

A Starting Point for Doctrinal Study

This and the following pages are a starting point for the study of Christian doctrine and the Reformed faith of the Protestant Reformation. The purpose of the following pages is to answer questions, search the Scriptures, and give confession to the gospel of grace in Jesus Christ.

In doing so we set forth what we believe in the way in which the Christian church has always confessed "the faith which was once delivered to the saints," (Jude 3) and contended for it, namely, by means of confessions, statements of doctrine, and creeds. This is our calling to "... be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you," I Peter 3:15.

It is not creeds or catechisms which have divided the Christian church. A clear statement of the truth of the gospel divides no one. It is false doctrine, twisting the Scriptures, and hiding behind lack of clarity, which divides the church.

We stand in Christ. But we are also to be rooted, built up in Him and established in the faith, a faith which has content and is to be taught, Colossians 2:6, 7.

The truth of the gospel is not a matter of human opinion. It can be known, studied, and defined from the scriptures. It is a systematic unity in the truth of the one, only true God, the one and only mediator, Jesus Christ. There is one way of salvation which is by grace, one covenant of grace, essentially as a relation of friendship and spiritual sonship in which God is become our God and Father in Jesus Christ. There is one work of God, one people of God, the church of all ages, and one hope of glory This is what Jesus Himself taught and is the consistent teaching of the scriptures.

The Spirit of God in Christ by Whom God gave us the scriptures is the Spirit of Truth. Over against that truth stands the lie of sin and the corruption of error. Believers are therefore to "try the spirits whether they are of God,"
I John 4:1.

6. The End Times

This section treats the second coming of Christ, the signs and events leading up to it and issues relating to it

7. Christian Doctrine

The basics of historic Christianity and the Christian confessions and creeds

8. What Jesus Said

A series of articles which explore what Jesus actually said on a variety of doctrinal issues. A rather serious subject for one who confesses Jesus as his Savior and Lord, particularly as much of what Jesus said is often ignored, denied, or corrupted.

9. Questions and Issues

Doctrinal questions and issues that are matters of importance in the Christian church, matters of controversy and serious debate.

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