The successful Christian learns the vocabulary of the Spirit and makes use of it. He knows
the meaning of justification, sanctification, adoption, propitiation, election, inspiration, and so
forth. In understanding God’s vocabulary, we come to understand God’s Word and God’s
will for our lives.
If the engineering student can grasp the technical terms of chemistry, physics, or electronics,
why should it be difficult for Christians, taught by the Spirit, to grasp the vocabulary of
Yet I hear church members say, “Don’t preach doctrine. Just give us heartwarming sermons
that will encourage us!” Sermons based on what? If they are not based on doctrine, they will
accomplish nothing! “But doctrine is so dull!” people complain. Not if it is presented the way
the Bible presents it.
Doctrine to me is exciting! What a thrill to be able to study the Bible and let the Spirit teach
us “the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10).
I suggest that you make time every day to read the Word and meditate on it. Follow a regular
schedule in your reading and give yourself time to pray, think, and meditate. Let the Spirit of
God search the Word and teach you. The study and application of basic Bible doctrine can
transform your life.
Scripture to remember: “Jesus therefore answered them, and said, ‘My teaching is not Mine,
but His who sent Me. If any man is willing to do His will, he shall know of the teaching,
whether it is of God, or whether I speak from Myself” (John 7:16-17, NASB).
Also read: Ephesians 4:14; Colossians 2:4, 8; 1 Timothy 1:3, 7;2 John 7, 9-11.
Action assignment: Make it a point to strengthen your beliefs. Read a good book on doctrine
such as Know What You Believe by Paul Little (Victor).
WARREN W. WIERSBE