Biblical doctrine should be studied, because it provides the believer with an apologetic foundation with which they can defend their beliefs rationally and biblically (Titus 1:9; 1 Peter 3:15).
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. – Titus 1:9
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: – 1 Peter 3:15
Without instruction in God’s Word, you cannot provide rational or biblical answers to those who need them. I am amazed at the number of things Christians believe that are not rational or biblical. Many believe these things, because they refuse to learn doctrine. Instead, they rely on feelings, Christian mysticism, or “this is what the pastor said.”
The first and greatest commandment says to “love the Lord you God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). If you refuse to learn the teachings of the Bible, then you are breaking the first and greatest commandment from God. You are not loving Him with all your mind.
© Rev. Gregory G. Capel, Jr. – 2016