Summer is upon us! It’s time to break out the swimming trunks, apply the sunscreen, and get ready to dive into the massive pool of doctrine! Yes, you heard me right, doctrine. Over the course of the summer (for 13 weeks), we will examine the essential pillars (or truths) of Scripture. We will explore the details of our faith and walk away from this series understanding the big ideas of Scripture. This will be an intensely fun and informative series.
Our summer series is entitled, Doctrine: What Really Matters. And in order to better serve you and give you an idea of what we’ll be studying, a sermon series schedule has been provided for your viewing pleasure:
Doctrine: Some Preliminary Considerations (June 7) – In installment one of our series, we will ask some basic questions: What is doctrine? What’s the ultimate purpose of studying doctrine? Are the details of our faith really that important? Join us as we answer these questions and more, and discover the fact that understanding doctrine leads to loving Jesus better and enjoying Him more fully!
Pillar #1: Bibliology – The Doctrine of the Bible (June 14) – In this session, we will explore the difference between general revelation and special revelation. We will learn some fun, new terms like perspicuity and canonization. We will also explore some false theories of inspiration and highlight the truth.
Pillar #2: Theology Proper – The Doctrine of God the Father (June 21) – In installment three, we will try to wrap our minds around the concept of the trinity. Yeah, I know, good luck…but we will try! We will also discover the difference between the communicable and incommunicable attributes of God…and no, this has nothing to do with a disease! We will also highlight some heresies regarding God the Father and hammer home the truth.
Pillar #3: Christology – The Doctrine of God the Son (June 28) – In this sermon, we will explore the person and work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We will discuss concepts such as the incarnation, virgin birth, the kenosis, hypostatic union, and propitiation. We will then connect all of this rich theology to the Monday-Saturday of our real lives.
Pillar #4: Pneumatology – The Doctrine of God the Holy Spirit (July 5) – Is He a force or a person? A who or a what? What is meant by the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and is it truly the unforgivable sin? What’s the difference between the indwelling of the Spirit vs. the filling of the Spirit? Why does any of this matter? Join us as we delve into this highly misunderstood doctrine and discover a God who is not just WITH you, but IN you!
Pillar #5: Angelology – The Doctrine of Angels (July 12) – In our fifth installment, we will dive into the world of elect angels and fallen angels (aka. demons). We will explore the different classes of angels and discover their primary purpose and mission. In this sermon, we will also explore demon possession/oppression and walk away with a biblical (not sci-fi) understanding of these powerful beings.
Pillar #6: Anthropology – The Doctrine of Man (July 19) – In this session, Pastor Jon will explain the creation of man and what being created in the image of God really means. He will also highlight some false theories of the origin and propagation of the soul and explain his view (i.e. traducianism). Man…you’re not going to want to miss this session!
Pillar #7: Hamartiology – The Doctrine of Sin (July 26) – In installment seven, we will discuss the concept of total depravity and give an accurate, biblical definition of sin. In this session, we will also discover the origin of the first sin and dissect the anatomy of sin’s pull.
Pillar #8: Soteriology – The Doctrine of Salvation (Aug. 2) – In this sermon, we will explore the doctrines of grace. We will examine terms like regeneration, justification, and sanctification. We will also give a play-by-play of the process of salvation. This will be a wonderfully encouraging message as we remember what God, in Christ Jesus, did for us!
Pillar #9: Ecclesiology – The Doctrine of the Church (Aug. 9) – Here we will explore the difference between the local church and the universal church. We will also discover the importance of church membership and why the ordinances really matter. In this session, we will also highlight some movements that seek to undermine the true Church of God and what we can do to remain faithful.
Pillar #10: Eschatology – The Doctrine of Last Things (Aug. 16/23) – There is so much to discuss here that we decided to do this over two Sundays. In these sessions, we will outline the basic timeline of the end time events in the book of Revelation. We will also explore the difference between different rapture and millennium viewpoints.
Doctrine: Q & A (Aug. 30) – To wrap up our summer series, Pastor Dave and Pastor Jon will be answering your questions concerning all that we’ve studied up till this point.