And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherdsand teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Did you notice the words, “so that we may no longer be children…carried about by every wind of doctrine”? The term “doctrine” conjures up all sorts of definitions, most often associated with differences in denomination. And maybe we find ourselves wondering, does doctrine really matter?
Short answer: Yes.
The doctrine spoken of here is referring to Biblical truths, and Paul emphasizes the importance of people growing in their faith and not remaining children, believing anything that comes our way. So many “preachers” are spreading false information and if we, as Christians, are not built up in the truths of the Bible, it is easier to fall into confusion. Biblical truth shapes our view of God and helps us to understand His nature (as much as we’ll ever be able to!). It keeps us from being “tossed to and fro” by random spiritual ideas.
When we spend time in the Word, learning “doctrines”, we can be comforted, encouraged and “grow up in every way into Christ”! We can learn how to live and why we believe what we believe. That is an effect of saving faith!
When we listen to Biblical preachers, we can be equipped for works of service (as Paul describes in verse 11), adding to the diversity of gifts and unity of the body of Christ! What a wonderful place to be in our life of faith!
What do you think? Does doctrine really matter?
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