This week we kicked off a study of basic doctrine. It is something that I think is important, but ultimately can be very boring. It sort of lends itself to a more giving out information approach rather than an emotional appeal, but I am having fun with the idea. For some reason it reminds me of my younger days when my family would sit around and discuss what we believe and why. Growing up I never knew that was a strange thing. I can remember sitting and listening to my father discuss the finer points of Revelations with his sister or listening to my Uncle Charles talk about his sermon or just sitting around with family discussing some issue of the faith or of Baptist doctrine. Church and Christianity permeated our lives.
Now I have a group of students who haven’t grown up in church and whose parents aren’t church people and I want to give them the same sort of foundation that I had just from living in my house.
We talked tonight about the Bible and about how it is God’s perfect infallible word. I said that the Bible has proved itself over and over again, but ultimately believing that it is perfect is a matter of faith. You must make a choice to believe. No matter what you follow whether it be science or politics or saving the earth at some point in time you must make a choice to believe and then the rest of your life will line up with that belief.
That is the crazy thing about following God–so much of the “proof” comes not before you believe, but afterwards. Because I have faith and follow through on that faith God proves himself to me, but very rarely will he prove himself before you act in faith. Just one more paradox that makes following God so wonderfully unexplainable.