How to Engage and Study Doctrine in the Local Church

The Gospel Coalition Conference 2013


In this 48-minute session, pastors Kevin DeYoung, Michael Horton, Justin Buzzard, and J.D. Greear discuss the difficulties of engaging a local church in the study of Bible doctrine, but also offer insight into making the doctrine of the church a valuable pursuit for a congregation.



Which point from the discussion did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this discussion? (Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you? Were you convicted of sin?)
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How were you encouraged through this discussion? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this discussion in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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It’s easy to think of Bible doctrine as a stuffy subject for professors or overachieving people who like to read technical books. But the doctrine that the Scriptures contain offers us insight not just into truth, but also the very character of the God we serve. Remember that the doctrine of the church paves the way of Christian living, and embrace the truth of the Scriptures in your daily life.



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