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topic 9 core doctrine

Doctrine shapes our understanding of core foundational teachings of the Gospel.

Talking Points
  • The Bible is inspired by God and always tells the truth. Christians submit to its authority above their own opinions and feelings. 2 Peter 1:20-21 

  • The God of the Bible is one being who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Spirit. This makes him different than - and mysterious to - us. 1 Corinthians 8:6, Colossians 2:9, John 1:1-4

  • The atonement is the work Christ did in his life and death to earn our salvation. He absorbed the wrath of God in our place, once for all. Isaiah 53:4-6, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 
    1 Peter 2:24

discussion questions
  1. What’s your initial reaction to this topic?

  2. Read 2 Peter 1:20-21 (NLT). What does it mean that the Bible is “inspired”? In your church, what percentage of people believe this?

  3. What are some concepts or verses in the Bible that you’ve struggled to understand or believe? What does it mean to submit to God’s perspective in those areas?

  4. Read John 1:1-4 (NLT). What do these verses say about the nature of God?

  5. Try to explain the Trinity in a sentence or two. Why do you think this doctrine is so hard to understand?

  6. Read 1 Peter 2:24 (NLT). What does the word “atonement” mean? What does it mean to you personally?

  7. Make a list of some other doctrines you’d like to learn more about. Plan to discuss with your group or mentor after this discipleship path.

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