This article discusses how to handle hard passages or doctrine in Scripture. It exposes the tendencies some have toward these texts, and explains that studying them takes time and effort.
The author begins by identifying the prevailing problem in the church today, that doctrine seems to be neglected. The "heart vs. head heresy" is cited as the problem. Consequently the author then traces where false doctrine harmed or was a potential harm to the church, and then considers the positive effects of sound doctrine. The author concludes by explaining the link and relationship between theory and practice, or doctrine and life.
Catechism teaching is under threat in many churches. This article shows that catechism is important for the formation of children as they grow in their knowledge of God. It is essential for the preservation of doctrine and is a suitable means to teach the word of God in a systematic way. Methodology for teaching the catechism is also discussed in order that God’s word may be taught and applied rightly.
Should we only use biblical terms in order to stop heresy and promote sound doctrine? This article maintains that since words are a means of communicating ideas, and ministers are called to explain and preach the word of God, ministers should be free to use terminology that will help in understanding biblical doctrine.
This article links the need for creeds to the biblical call to confess Christ individually and corporately, the work of the Spirit in guiding the church in the truth, and the call to the church to uphold biblical doctrine. Confessions are important for the unity of the church, defense of the faith, resolving disputes, catechetical use, and pastoral care. The author calls the church to intentionally use the creeds.