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Clovis Evangelical Free Church
Melvin Bailey  |  Clovis, California
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Recommended Read: Sound Doctrine
MONDAY, JULY 13, 2015
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Sound Doctrine: How a Church Grows in the Love and Holiness of God. By Bobby Jamieson. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013.

In our day when doctrine is often viewed as boring, divisive, irrelevant, or even more tragic, just simply non-existent, Jamieson's call for churches to give due attention and thereby reap the long-term gains of sound doctrine is like a breath of fresh air!

As part of the 9Marks series of books for "Building Healthy Churches", SD reminds pastors and leaders how doctrine underpins everything in the life of a church. Whether your church directly affirms doctrinal distinctives, quietly affirms doctrinal distinctives, or purports to have no doctrinal distinctives, doctrine will inform and shape each and every congregation. Therefore, as shepherds of God's flock, we should strive to feed, nourish, and grow the people of God on healthy, biblical, sound doctrine.

Jamieson defines sound doctrine as "a summary of the Bible's teaching that is both faithful to the Bible and useful for life" (p.17) Doctrine, then, is how we articulate and apply Scripture to life and faith. Jamieson demonstrates in the opening chapters how doctrine touches all aspects of church life and especially informs how we read and teach the Bible. Both of those points are not to be overlooked too quickly. We don't "do" church or "read" Scripture in a vacuum. We do so from a standpoint, a perspective, underneath of which stands a doctrinal view or presupposition. That underpinning doctrinal viewpoint gets translated into how we interpret and apply Scripture. It is imperative then that we keep allowing Scripture to inform and correct and shape our views into the Bible's view in all matters of life and salvation.

In the remaining chapters, Jamieson demonstrates from Scripture how sound doctrine produces holiness, love, unity, worship, witness, and in the postscript, joy. The very virtues we hope to see flow in our own lives and in the lives of our fellow believers are directly linked to the amount and the kind of doctrinal intake, or diet, we are exposed to.

Doctrine is far from boring; it's essential to living!

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Giving Thanks in ALL Circumstances!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
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In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Paul exhorts us to “give thanks in all circumstances.” Given that not all circumstances are desirable and some are downright tragic and heartbreaking, how can we as believers be a thankful people no matter...
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Taking the Sermon Home
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2014
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If you are convinced that worshipping together as a family in church is important (like me), and if you have a preacher who takes a doctrinal stance in his teaching that can be heavy at times as an adult, much less as a child (like me), then...
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When Jesus Says, "Truly, Truly, I Say to You"...
TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014
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Every word of Jesus recorded for us in Scripture is equally truthful, important, and essential for us to embrace, believe, and pattern our hearts and lives accordingly. Indeed, that is true of all of Scripture. So this post is not about...
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Calling Parents Back to Their God-given Joy and Responsibilty
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014
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Family Driven Faith: Doing What it Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God. Voddie Baucham Jr. Wheaton: Crossway, 2007. This is one of those books that comes along every so often and causes quite a stir throughout the church, not...
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Avoiding Legalism and Moralism with the Commands of Scripture
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014
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Any time we are presented with a list of commands, like the 50+ commands found in Romans 12-14, we are prone to head down one of two dangerous paths: legalism or moralism. Legalism is the pursuit of keeping a list of commands, biblical or...
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Divine Mercies Produce Sincere Worshippers
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014
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Worship is the willing, proper response of moral beings to the revelation of the Triune God. By divine initiation, God graciously discloses Himself, His purposes, and His will to man. Man, in response to God’s gracious initiation, worships...
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The Spiritual Connection Between the Heart and the Mouth
WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014
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Ever blurted out something really hurtful and then immediately apologized with some kind of excuse, hoping the excuse will automatically wipe away the inflicted harm? The excuse usually runs something like, “I’m sorry. I don’t...
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Is the Real Jesus the Biblical Jesus?
WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014
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Who is Jesus? By R.C. Sproul. Orlando: Reformation Trust, 1983, 1999, 2009. Philosophers, bible critics, theologians, spiritualists, atheists, and even hollywood has their own versions of the "real" Jesus, which, of course, conflicts with the...
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Expositional Preaching: What the Church Needs the Most
TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014
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Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God’s Word Today. By David Helm. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014. It is a difficult balance for any preacher to obtain. How do you rightly explain Scripture in a way that connects with your audience without...
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