Who Needs Doctrine?

“Doctrine? Ooooh, yuk! Who wants to hear about doctrine?” That is the current thinking of most Church members, these days. It seems there is no quicker way to turn off the average Church member than by preaching, teaching, or even mentioning the word, “doctrine!” It is the taboo of the modern Church.

And yet, according to the apostles God used to record the New Testament, there is nothing more important for the Church to be about than preaching, teaching, and talking about doctrine! Because the New Testament writers mention it so often, you would think most parents would consider training their children and youth about what they believe and why they believe it to be of utmost importance!

Unfortunately, such is often not the case. At least, it must not be the case for most Christian parents today, because they do not place any importance on where, or even if, their children are getting much in the way of scriptural admonition and training in discipleship.

I say that, because, as a member of ten different churches in four different states (and a staffer and pastor of some of them) I can honestly say I know of no other Church that commits as much of its finances, resources and time and effort into the teaching and preparation of our children and young people. Furthermore, I know of no other denomination that offers as much in the way of Sunday School and Discipleship materials, events and opportunities than does the Southern Baptist Convention.

But despite all that, I have observed that most parents don’t seem to bother themselves with whether or not their children happen to receive the benefit of it! Despite the fact that there is always something going on for our children and young people, it appears that most parents don’t see the need for any of it, because most of our children are somewhere else.

This is especially true, when recalling how many other churches of which I’ve been part, and think of how often I heard complaints about what we weren’t giving/doing/offering our young people. The complaints were usually that we weren’t providing enough activities; or we didn’t have the finances to offer what our children’s ministries needed; or we didn’t have enough adult leaders; or we didn’t have the kind of facilities required.

In short, how often I’ve heard parents bemoaning the need to provide the kinds of things that are routinely offered here at IBC. Nevertheless, I am certain we would be getting the same kinds of complaints here, if we weren’t offering all that we do (and seeing how easily it is all overlooked, or just neglected).

It is spiritual neglect, to have the kind of trained, professional youth ministry opportunities provided and to see that most of our parents are not supporting what Immanuel Baptist routinely offers. Unfortunately, we only have a very limited number of years to pour the important things (like sound Biblical doctrine) into the lives of our young people before they leave us. Statistics are clear. We now find that a full 85% of the students who are raised in Church will leave it before they reach their 18th birthday. Leaving the church, they will go off to the college campus, or out into the world to get their fill of the world’s doctrines of deception, debauchery, discontent, despondency and death.

Jesus said: “The thief does not come, except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  (John 10:10). Mom and Dad, take the time to lead them to life. It starts by leading them to a consistent commitment to a Church that is living and alive!

” Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

                                                                                                                                – 2 Timothy 4:2-4, NKJV
Blessings & Peace,
Brother Dan