Learning the Bible is essential for Christians, but so is being able to explain why we believe its doctrines.
A seedling needs nutrients and time to grow into a tall, sturdy tree. In the same way, our convictions develop gradually through committed Bible study and prayer. In order to be firmly planted in biblical truth, we can’t simply hold up the Bible and claim we believe every word. We need to know why we’re convinced that the basic doctrines of the faith are true.
Here are some questions to help you get started:
• Why do you consider the Bible to be true and trustworthy?
• Why is Jesus Christ the only way to be saved?
• What is the Holy Spirit’s role in the lives of believers and unbelievers?
• What does the Bible say about stewardship of the earth?
• How should you think and act with regard to issues of justice and oppression?
It’s my hope that these questions will cause you to contemplate how your personal philosophies have developed. Study the Bible and make it the cornerstone of your thinking. Evaluate what God says rather than looking at an issue through the lens of personal preference. Ground yourself in Scripture. Then whenever a new philosophy comes along, you’ll be able to stand firm in the faith without wavering.