BCL Grow: Know to Grow — Ephesians 4:15
Ephesians 4:15 (Revelation)
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ. — Ephesians 4:15
“The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men.” — The Westminster Confession of Faith, 1.6.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: Doctrine is simply teaching what we need to know from the Bible. God gave us his Scriptures to teach us certain things about him, what he has done, and what he continues to do in the world.
2. Know: Because doctrine teaches us the great truths we need to know, we can pick up our cross and follow Christ (Matt. 16:24). We don’t need to be afraid—no matter what God allows in our life—because we know he has a plan and his plan is good. We also know God is great as well as good, and we can trust him even when the world doesn’t seem to make sense. We don’t need to regret anything that we are leaving behind, because God has something far better for us than anything this world can ever offer: peace with him and everlasting life in his presence.
3. Act: Don’t let anyone lead you to believe that doctrine is unimportant, irrelevant, or confusing. Seek out sound doctrine so you can stay on target regarding what the Bible teaches, why you believe it, and how to live to God's glory each day.
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