The Bible contains a number of key doctrines, or teachings, which form the foundation of the Christian faith. These include, for example, teachings on the authority of the Bible, the nature of God, the basis of salvation through Jesus Christ, and future events.
An understanding of the key Bible doctrines is essential if Christians are to withstand the beguiling ways of the world which can rob us of our freedom in Christ. Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). The apostle Paul considered sound doctrine to be essential to the faith, and instructed Timothy, a young church leader, “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearer” (1 Timothy 4:16).
Paul understood that Satan was the arch enemy of the truth, and warned Timothy that “in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1-2). Again, he warned that “the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
The study of Bible doctrine involves a careful analysis of what the Bible teaches us about a given subject. It does not necessarily include a defence or justification of the doctrine, which is the field of apologetics. The papers presented here focus on the scriptural basis for the fundamental Christian doctrines, while apologetics arguments are presented in the series Ultimate Questions. They are necessarily brief, and the interested reader is encouraged to consult more detailed texts on the subject for a fuller understanding.
Part 1: The Authority of the Bible / The Nature of God / Angels, Demons and Satan: BD_Part1
Part 2: Mankind / Sin / Prayer: BD_Part2
Part 3: The Person of Christ / The Atonement / The Resurrection and Ascension of Christ: BD_Part3
Part 4: God’s Grace / Election / The Gospel Call / Regeneration / Conversion / Justification / Adoption: BD_Part4
Part 5: Sanctification / The Perseverance of the Saints / Death / The Resurrection of the Dead: BD_Part5
Part 6: The Church / Baptism and the Lord’s Supper / The Laying on of Hands: BD_Part6
Part 7: The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: BD_Part7
Part 8: Future Events: BD_Part8