Friday, September 30, 2016

Grow from the Doctrine You have Heard, Part 2

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Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:14
Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.

Insights: Today, we look at the final two aspects of growing through the doctrines that we've heard. The first point for today is the word guard. Noticed Paul is telling Timothy to guard the treasure which has been entrusted to him. This treasure is more than just his salvation, it is the doctrinal truths by which we live our lives as Christ followers. All too often we have a theology that is an inch deep in a mile wide. The reality, however, ought to be we are not just wide in reaching people, but we are deep in our understanding of the Word of God. All too often, I hear people say it's okay for me to believe one thing and for them to believe another, but the truth is doctrine matters. What we believe about the core tenets of our faith are vital to our walk with Jesus. Unfortunately, too many of those sitting in our church pews do not truly understand and know the core doctrines of our faith. Let me encourage you to study the Bible in order know the core doctrines. After you know them, then guard them because they are indeed a treasure. I want you to notice the last point as well in this verse. Notice with me that it is through the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to guard the treasures of the doctrines we have. Our guarding is not based upon my intellectual assent or pursuit, but on the Holy Spirit administering in me the ability to defendant the faith. Let us not become arrogant in our own self-sufficiency, but let us daily be dependent upon the Holy Spirit for our strength and power. Beloved, if you will live life from this perspective, you will be amazed at the confidence with which you will be able to live life. There has been a theme throughout this entire week and that theme has been growth. Let us grow in our walk with the Lord God.

 1. Have you ever had to defend your faith in regard to the core doctrines of Christianity?
 2. On whom do you trust for power when you defend the gospel, the Holy Spirit or yourself?

Prayer: Father, I praise You for sealing me with the Holy Spirit.  Thank You that He leads and guides me.  He enables me to defend the doctrines of our faith.  He is truly the source of any power I may possess here on earth.  Amen.

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