Let’s Feast On Sound Doctrine

~ Ray MacDonald

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

Junk food is not good for us – believe me! There – I said it! Junk food is simply that – junk. Yet it usually tastes so good – at least we think it does (I like salty things and peanut butter/chocolate things). What is your favorite? Like I’ve written before – I love most anything with chocolate and peanuts or peanut butter. At Easter I am a sucker for the peanut butter covered chocolate eggs (I didn’t have even one this past Easter – and it wasn’t easy). Junk food is usually sweet – or salty like barbecue potato chips. If you’re really lucky with your junk food you can get something that is sweet & salty!

But I digress. I’m also craving something sweet or salty right now!

Junk food usually satisfies for the moment but not for the long-term. It usually has lots of empty calories and is not ultimately good for you.

This sounds a lot like some theological concepts that have been espoused over the years – such as those who share that there is no devil or no hell or that we all go to heaven. They sound good for the moment – but are not based on the Bible or on sound Biblical teachings. I talk a lot to younger pastors and to young Christians. I’m often reminding them that their belief systems must be built soundly on the building blocks of the Bible. Their faith needs to be based on a logical progression from truth to truth and not something that sounds good and comes from their mind or the minds of others.

Mother’s milk is filled with the basic building blocks of life. Most studies show that babies raised on mother’s milk have less medical issues. Believers who crave the building blocks of the faith – the basics of the Bible – when new-born – will have less issues later in their Christian walk – like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.

We need to build our faith upon the sound doctrine of the Bible – which is the inspired – inerrant (in the original manuscripts) – and infallible word of God. Scripture is primary – it is the given in our Christian walk. Our mind (reason) – historic experiences (tradition) – and personal experiences are elements that help us understand the Bible. They CANNOT change the truth of the Bible – but merely illuminate the truths of the Bible.

Colossians 2:8 – See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

Let us ground our faith soundly on the Word of God as this old VBS song says – the B-I-B-L-E – yes that’s the book for me – I stand alone on the Word of God – the B-I-B-L-E.  It worked in VBS as a child – it works today as well!

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

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Sound Doctrine – It Matters

~ Ray MacDonald

2 Timothy 4:3

For the time will come when people 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.

In this day and age – sound doctrine and truth are under attack – always has been – always will be. The Bible is under attack – and the attacks are not all coming from outside the church. There are whole denominations – pastors – and laity – calling themselves followers of Christ – who are putting aside sound doctrine and truth. There are those who want to redefine sin – creation – and human design. Some want to re-write the Bible or delete parts that don’t sit well with them. Some want a reader’s digest version – one they get to pick and choose from to make up their Bible.

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Expressing Real Love for One Another

1 Peter 1:22

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.

Can any of us remember the first time we used the word love? I can’t remember the first time – because – like my grandchildren – it was probably to a relative – like my mom or dad – when I was a wee lad. I love it when my grandchildren say – I love you Pop. I tell them I love them every time I see them. I want them to know they are loved. But like I said in the sermon yesterday – actions speak louder than words – so I try to show them love as well.

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Faithfulness – Can We Define It?

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

What do you think of when you hear the word faithfulness? I first think of the vows we share at our marriages – to be faithful until death do us part. Throughout the Hebrew and Christian portions of the Bible – the relationship between God and His people – between Jesus and the church – is compared to that of a bride and groom. I like the love and passion shown by God for the church. Here is a passage from the Hebrew Bible.

Isaiah 62:5 – As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.

God’s faithfulness is NEVER questioned. God is the groom that will never be unfaithful to His bride – the church. The question is – how faithful are we?

In the Christian text we read Paul urging the church to be faithful. Romans 12:1–2 – 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

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Satan Is Real and Needs to be Rejected

Revelation 2:13

I know where you live — where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city — where Satan lives.

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Doing Good – A Good Thing

Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

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We’re Called To Be Like Jesus

Ephesians 5:1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children

I remember growing up – always wanting to do what my father was doing. I remember going hunting with him when all I could carry was a toy rifle. We would sit for hours waiting for the squirrels to come out. I remember my first time out with my .410 shotgun and seeing the squirrel through the woods and waiting for it to arrive at the nut tree we were watching. I tried to do what my father would have done – as he watched me imitate him.

When I was growing up – I remember playing first base – pitcher – and third base (not at the same time – lol) and I remember trying to imitate Boog Powell – Jim Palmer and Brooks Robinson – three of my favorite players. On our home at the time there was a brick chimney and I used to bounce balls off of it and try to make great plays fielding the ball like they often did. I could always make up a game in my mind.

As disciples of Jesus – we are called to imitate Him! (not our parents or ball players or anyone else.

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