2 Timothy 3:17
That the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
What we refer to as doctrine is a concept which occurs both in the Old and New Testaments. The Hebrew word translated "doctrine" conveys the idea of "what is received" (Deut 32:2; Job 11:4; Prov 4:2; Isa 29:24). The intent of this usage is to understand that God has revealed to mankind a body of teaching. In the Old Testament this body is usually referred to as "law."
There are two words translated as doctrine on the New Testament. One, didaskalia, is used to refer to the teachings of the Pharisees (Matt 15:9; Mark 7:7). It is also used in Colossians, Ephesians, and the Pastoral Epistles. The context of its use shows this word expresses both the act and content of the teaching involved. A second Greek word, didache, is used more often. It, too, conveys the idea of both the act and / or content of teaching. In general, this teaching in biblical terms means the revelation of God which is to be used as the standard of one&s beliefs.
Doctrine, then, is the teaching revealed through the Bible which is to be the standards of our understanding of all the Bible teaches. It is important that we, as students of the Bible, understand what God is trying to teach us. This applies to many different topics. There are, indeed, mini-doctrines within larger doctrines. The formation and teaching of doctrine is called systematic theology. But, God did not reveal His doctrine in a systematic method. The statements of doctrine are scattered throughout the Scriptures. As a good student of the Bible, it is our task to compile and learn these doctrines, so that we may learn about and grow closer to God.
Since doctrines are scattered throughout the Scriptures, one must encounter them both in bits and pieces and in a more systematic fashion. I have provided a list of doctrines that exist in the Bible. The list is found here and provides links to a description of the doctrine. These are not details discussions, although for some doctrines, there are more detailed presentations on this website. At this time, the list of doctrines is longer than the number of prepared descriptions, but I have opted to include the full list with the hopes of catching up on the descriptions.
These are not all of the doctrines of Scripture. It is important that you understand the reasons behind what it is you believe. The example to follow is that provided about the Bereans in the book of Acts.
These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
Acts 17:11, NKJV
Can you say the same about yourself?
Are you a student of Scripture?
It is my hope I will be blessed to add pages to this WEB site discussing each of these doctrines in more detail in order to better equip you to CONTEND FOR THE FAITH! Without a clear understanding of the basis of your faith, you will be unable to successful present a steadfast witness to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!