Essentials in Life

John 7:16–17 16 Jesus answered, My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.

Photo on 9-10-18 at 11.09 AMRecently at a Bible Study I asked those in attendance – What are your essentials of faith? How would you answer that question? Do we base our faith on any essentials? Do we have any irrefutable truths you bank on in your walk with Jesus? Are there any absolutes for you?

What are the essentials of your faith – the essential doctrines? With so many denominations around and non-denominational churches too to attend – is doctrine an important part of your choice or not? If you are United Methodist – what is the reason? If you are Roman Catholic – why? If you attend a non-denominational church – is the church’s doctrine the reason? Why do we attend the church we attend? Is doctrine a part of that decision?

If having a Biblically based church is high on your priority list – what doctrines would be essential for you to have fellowship with a church family? When I speak with couples getting married – I ask them what essentials they might have for their life partner. If we have essentials in a life partner – surely – we should have essentials for those who are leading us to eternity – or at least we’re striving for that goal together.

I shared three essentials for a life partner with my three daughters as they were growing up. As they searched for a man to live their life with I encouraged them to seek after a man who 1) loved Jesus – 2) loved them – and 3) had a good work ethic. What were your essentials for a life partner? Did you have any for yourself or for your children?

What doctrines are essential for you and your faith walk? For some the list might be short and for others it might be long – but let’s start with three. If you say a doctrine is essential for you – how about saying why?

Today’s passage reminds us that His teaching came from God – not from His own words (as Jesus the human man). John 7:16–17 – 16 Jesus answered, My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. Are your essential doctrines based on how you feel or think or on your understanding of the Word of God?

How about naming a few essentials of faith? How about naming a few essentials for a life partner? I’d love to hear your reasoning as well. What are your essentials in life – both earthly and spiritually?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

Comment at Ray’s blog site:  https://raymcdonald.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/essentials-in-life/

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