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June 4, 2023


Theological House

KEY SCRIPTURE:  I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and because of his appearing and his kingdom:

2 Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and teaching. 3 For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear. 4 They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5 But as for you, exercise self-control in everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. -- 2 Timothy 4:1-5 (CSB)


SLIDE:  The word of the Lord is to: (v2)

  • Correct
  • Rebuke
  • Encourage

SLIDE:  People will turn away from sound doctrine and turn to their own desires.  (v3)

SLIDE:  We are called to: (v4)

  • Exercise self-control (in EVERYTHING!)
  • Endure through trials
  • Live on mission


SLIDE:  Living on mission means, at times, we will be called to confront the culture. 

KEY SCRIPTURE:  3 As I urged you when I went to Macedonia, remain in Ephesus so that you may instruct certain people not to teach false doctrine 4 or to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies. These promote empty speculations rather than God’s plan, which operates by faith. 5 Now the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. -- 1 Timothy 1:3-5 (CSB)

SLIDE:  Whether it is instruction or confrontation, the goal is always a love that points to God’s truth.


SLIDE:  Not everyone who teaches with authority is correct. We are to know His word.


KEY SCRIPTURE: 6 Some have departed from these and turned aside to fruitless discussion. 7 They want to be teachers of the law, although they don’t understand what they are saying or what they are insisting on. 8 But we know that the law is good, provided one uses it legitimately. 9 We know that the law is not meant for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral and males who have sex with males, for slave traders, liars, perjurers, and for whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which was entrusted to me.  -- 1 Timothy 1:6-11 (CSB)


SLIDE:  Developing a Personal Theology means understanding what is essential for one to know to grow in his/her faith-resulting in truth and grace.

SLIDE:  The components of a theological house:

  1. Foundational (see you in heaven)
  2. Structural (necessary to grow)
  3. Under Roof (protective)
  4. Aesthetic (personal preferences)

SLIDE:  Foundational doctrinal examples:

  • Dignity (Genesis 1:26-27; Jeremiah 1:4; etc.)
  • Depravity (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; etc.)
  • Basic understanding of Christ (John 3:16-17; etc)
  • Salvation (Hebrews 10:9; Romans 6:23; etc.)


SLIDE:  Structural doctrinal examples:

  • Scripture
  • Church
  • Spiritual disciplines


SLIDE:  Under-Roof doctrinal examples:

  • Boundaries
  • Grey areas
  • Denominational differences


SLIDE:  Aesthetic doctrinal examples:

  • Worship styles
  • Version of the Bible
  • Dress for church


SLIDE:  A roof is not protective without having a foundation and structure in place first.

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