DEFINITION: The Study of God as He has revealed Himself in scripture and Jesus Christ.
EXPLANATION: God is so big and so great and so awesome that we will never fully understand Him. God has chosen to tell us certain things about Himself in the Bible. When we study what the Bible has to say about God that is called Theology.
DEFINITION: DOCTRINE means teaching or instruction. When people are talking about the Bible or the Church, DOCTRINE refers to those things which are taught in the Bible.
EXPLANATION: When people talk about Doctrine they mean those truths that are taught in the Bible and are always true. For example, a math book might teach you that 2 + 2 equals 4. In the same way, the Bible teaches us that Christ died for our sins. That is DOCTRINE.
Welcome to a brand new series here on Dad in the Middle. We’re calling it “Dabbling in Doctrine.” For the last few years, I have been slowly compiling a dictionary of doctrine and theology written for kids and teens. It is still a work in process. I hope to complete it some day and make it available for public use, but in the meantime I thought I would pick some of the terms out of the list of 500+ items and explore them a little bit more here on Dad in the Middle.
One of my greatest joys in working with kids is teaching them about the deeper things of God. The purpose of this series is to introduce kids, and teens, to the idea of doctrine and theological terms in way that you can use on Sunday mornings or with your own kids any day of the week. While we will do a little more than just dabble, this series is not meant to be an exhaustive look at each term. If your kids are interested in doing that, kudos to you, and give me a call! I want to know your secret!
Each entry in this series might look a little bit different as we seek to find ways to make difficult concepts and terminology accessible and memorable to kids and teens. Each entry will include the term we are exploring and what I hope is a kid friendly (but by no means “dumbed down”) definition of that term. Where applicable, we will also explore selected scriptures related to the term we are defining and additional scriptures if you want to dig deeper on your own. For some terms, we will talk about why it is important to understand the idea and even offer some ideas on how to help kids understand the topic better. I welcome you leave comments with your own ideas for helping kids to understand the word or to let me know where there are issues with the definition presented.Read More