This week's Bible study video is posted above! (Note: Although the video was recorded November 26th, this page was not published until the following day. So please do not be confused by the difference in dates.)

This latest teaching continues our study of "Spiritual Growth." Once again, as I elaborate on this subject I also touch on several useful side topics too. Mainly, however, I transition from the first week's coverage of this subject matter and introduce the two "tests" of spiritual maturity before closing out.

Moreover, I also briefly cover the Biblical taxonomy (organizational structure) of the Principle Doctrines of Christ in comparison with the Apostles' Creed. The latter is indeed biblical, but it was formed as a response to heretical doctrines circulating during the 4th Century AD (i.e., it was the first "statement of faith," building upon the previous work done during the Council of Nicaea). While it is indeed GENUINE Christian doctrine, the Apostles' Creed, which serves as the basis for most denominations' Statements of Faith, isn't the original form of how the overlapping circles of principle doctrines was organized in the Bible itself. Hence, many theological disagreements through the centuries can be traced to gaps of understanding. Adherence to the original Principle Doctrines of Christ structure, would mitigate or eliminate such confusion entirely.

Since the video above doesn't include animations or graphics to make my point about how a Venn Diagram can help our understanding, I have created a simple one for your reference and pasted it below. This image (as I explain in the video above) contains six overlapping colored circles, each of which represent one of the six doctrines listed in Hebrews 6:1-3. The Apostles' Creed doctrines are implicit (i.e., logically contained) within the Principles of the Doctrines of Christ, but they are not explicitly stated (and hence, the arguments over doctrine). Nevertheless, with some study they can be found in the Bible within the overlapping areas where circles (doctrines) connect with one another. At the center, where ALL of the circles overlap, is the core foundation. This foundation is the PERSON of Jesus Christ, but doctrinally speaking, it is the culmination of all of these individual doctrines as they all point to Him:

principles-of-the-doctrines-of-christ-venn-diagram

Again, this graphic is for illustration purposes only, and my points here are more fully explained within the video. Nevertheless, I made the simple point that a Venn Diagram (logic model) like the one above is useful for understanding what I was teaching, and thus, by providing this here you can better understand what I said there.

Related Articles

I mentioned my articles within the video. Consequently, I said I would go ahead and put some links here on the page to make it easier for you to find them. These are already written on my other website and are related to the topic in this video:

Are You a Mature Christian? (Take the Tests and Find Out!)

True Doctrines β‰  Contradictions

Christianity: Are You Missing the Point?

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4 thoughts on “Bible Study: Spiritual Growth Part 2

  1. Hi Rich,

    Re: Nov 26, 2016

    Thanks for explaining the spiritual gifts that are still at work today:-
    Healing, laying on of hands, Apostles, Prophets etc.
    I must admit I had been rather confused about it all and put off by weird things Christian have said and done.
    I also listen to a Lutheran Pastor who has a radio show and is a Cessationist. He is hilarious at times, like yourself. Perhaps I’ll listen to him a little bit less.
    Thanks again Rich for all you do to the glory of God.

    Aussie Alison😊

    • You are so sweet, Alison! I’m glad the Bible study blessed you AND that I entertain you too! πŸ˜€

      I only covered these issues briefly in this video as a side topic because they are related to the Principles of the Doctrines of Christ. However, I’ll do a series of Bible studies later on the Ministry Gifts (Eph 4:11-16), and then probably a separate one on the Gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor. ch. 12-14). These subjects are so badly taught even in Charismatic & Pentecostal circles (both of which I often lump into the category “Charismaniacs” because they can be so unbiblical at times), that it’s no wonder more traditional denominations get so confused about them! πŸ™ Nevertheless, the Bible has NOT changed because God has NOT changed. So these ministries & gifts are still available to the Body of Christ today. πŸ™‚

      God bless you, my little Sis Down Under! Thank you for being active with this Bible study by commenting. πŸ˜€

      Always in Jesus,

      Rich

  2. I just love church!! Thank you for clear teaching backed up by scripture and thank you for being my pastor…I cannot wait for the next teaching…I am reminded that I spend way too much time with the cares of this world and I love love love knowing God..and I love love love Donna, you and the kids!!

    • Oh, you are so nice, Marcy! Thank you for being such a blessing to Donna and me. I’m honored to BE your pastor, Sis! And we love you back too! πŸ˜€

      I’m about to post two new videos in one entry on this site! You will have something else to watch soon, or perhaps when you have time later! πŸ˜‰

      Blessings to you, Sis!

      – Rich

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