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The Biggest Idea (part 1)

Doctrine is huge. Bigger than life, in the minds of many. Too much for feeble minds on Sunday morning, say others. Here's how to keep your feet on the ground when preaching about the things of God.

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Preaching Today: What's the difference between a doctrine and all the other ideas taught in Scripture?

Haddon Robinson: In some ways, you could say all the ideas of the Bible make up doctrine. Usually when we think of doctrine, we think of the great affirmations in the Nicene Creed, the affirmations most Christians agree to and embrace. Different churches have doctrines that distinguish them from others, but on a basic level, when you talk about the great doctrines of the Christian faith, you're thinking of those expressed in the ancient creeds.

Do you resonate with the phrase "Doctrines are the most important ideas from the most important Book"?

Yes, I would agree with that very readily, though when you talk about the "most important" ideas, that begs for some definition. There are doctrines that most Christian groups agree with, and I would say they are the outstanding ideas from the Scriptures.

One of the problems people have with doctrinal preaching is that it is often done in an abstract ...

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Lee Boddie Sr.

November 11, 2008  12:00am

I agree that we as preachers must always remember that the Bible is a revelation of God. So many preachers today forget or totally discard that fact. When preaching any passage, relevance to the lives of the listeners must happen in order for the power and authority of the Scriptures to impact lives. There is a big difference between a good sermon and a profound sermon that changed the behavior of the listeners. This was a very thought provoking interview.

Anonymous

June 30, 2007  6:44am

I was sent an email which led mw to this article. Within there was an opportunity for a free download of the work by Haddon Robinson . a fter leaving and then returning the next day to continue the process I was note able to begin the download. Will you please help ?

Randy Stanton

May 14, 2007  7:25am

I appreciated the natural approach of preaching the great themes of doctrine when they come to us in the flow of the scripture. There are times when we should rabbit trail to the the great doctrines and allow them to speak into the Believers mind even if they seem difficult. Our people are very capable of putting them to use on Monday morning in the world where they share the faith. Thanx for the interview.

Paul Young

May 06, 2007  2:15pm

I think both approaches Robinson advocates for preaching doctrine are valid, as long as context rules. Preaching that is purely doctrinal can be a little heavy for the average congregation. It is critical to make sure the relevance of the doctrine for life as a believer is stressed. In one sense, all preaching must be doctrinal, but purely doctrinal preaching will probably be better received if it is done occassionally rather that regularly. But it certainly must not be avoided.

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