Grace Bible Church
Basic Training in Doctrine
Guest Speaker: Pastor Joe Sugrue
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

How do we obey the second husband, the Lord Jesus Christ? We obey Him by pleasing Him by the daily intake of Bible doctrine.

Being a wife to Jesus Christ should illicit action in you in the form of response to His call to maturity and to live the resurrection life – the eternal life of Christ.

The heart is the right lobe of the soul where doctrine is understood and applied. You obey your husband not by works but through the content that is in the heart.

1. The frame of reference, the area for retention of metabolized doctrine.

2. The memory centre which circulates epignosis doctrine to the various parts of the right lobe under the principle of recall.

3. The vocabulary storage which is the new language of biblical theology learned after salvation.

4. Categorical storage where classification of doctrines are located.

5. The conscience, the storage compartment for individual norms and standards.

6. The momentum department which is the mental area for spiritual growth, the function of metabolized doctrine in both normal and accelerated growth.

7. The wisdom department, the launching pad for the application of doctrine to experience.

8. The subconscious which is storage for impressions, thoughts, emotions, which do not exist in the conscious mind or in the emotions of the soul.

Obedience to your husband, Jesus Christ, is not by means of works or some worked up emotion (just threw out all popular Christianity) but by means of the doctrinal content of the heart.

Ps 119:32
I shall run the way of Thy commandments,
For Thou wilt enlarge my heart.

Prov 19:3
The foolishness of man subverts his way,
And his heart rages against the Lord.

Frame of reference is only worldly, cosmic viewpoint, which results in foolishness. In life you are a fool.

1 Cor 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness”;

The memory center contains no doctrine and therefore there is no recall of doctrine to solve the problems of the world and the OSN.

1 Cor 15:34
Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

The conscience is seared with scar tissue so that the norms and standards are selfishness, arrogance, judgmental, unforgiving.

1 Tim 4:1-2
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,

The subconscious becomes filled with garbage that sneak up on the person and condemn them and drag them down.

Prov 20:27
The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord,
Searching all the innermost parts of his being.

As you increase doctrine and knowledge in general your capacity for life should increase — and as doctrine comes into memory centre to be utilized.

Then you develop norms and standards that are compatible with God’s through doctrine, and you develop a divine viewpoint through doctrine.

The heart is related to grace function — Proverbs 24:17.

Prov 24:17
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;

The heart is related to grace orientation — Exodus 23:9.

Ex 23:9
And you shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the feelings [nephesh – heart] of a stranger, for you alsowere strangers in the land of Egypt.

The heart is the basis for stability in a crisis — Psalm 112:7,8.

Ps 112:7-8
He will not fear evil tidings;
His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is upheld, he will not fear,
Until he looks with satisfaction on his adversaries.

The heart is related to happiness — 1 Samuel 2:1.

1 Sam 2:1
My heart exults in the Lord;
My horn is exalted in the Lord,
My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Thy salvation.

Therefore the heart is also related to negative volition which produces scar tissue and suffering under the law of volitional responsibility and divine disciple.

“that form of doctrine” – tupos, meaning form, pattern, figure, mould or stamp. It is derived from the Greek verb tuptowhich means to punch someone and to make an impression.

“which you were committed” – paradidomai – “which was delivered to you,” or “which was handed over to you.”

After salvation believers are handed over to a system of doctrine. This is the most important thing after salvation, it is what the believer is handed over to.

We are to reckon ourselves dead to sin and alive to God (6:11), to forbid the reign of sin in our mortal bodies (6:12), toyield in obedience to right­eousness (6:16).

After salvation believers are handed over to a system of doctrine. This is the most important thing after salvation, it is what the believer is handed over to.

The system of doctrine given to the RFOG is the wedding gift of the Lord Jesus Christ.

This delivery of doctrine is the only means of spiritual growth, the only means of glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ, the only grace system for living the Christian life.

Nothing in Christianity can ever be divorced from Bible doctrine. Rejection of doctrine, ignorance of doctrine, are the most serious offences against our Lord Jesus Christ.

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