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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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