Understanding the Essentials of Sound Doctrine
The overall objective of this course is to build a contemporary didache⎯an early church manual to establish believers in the essentials of the apostles’ teaching. This contemporary didache must be founded solidly upon the faith delivered by the apostles; seasoned by the historical effort of the church; and be eminently relevant to our present cultural situations. Specifically, this means that each person studying the course would do the following:
Gain an understanding of the preaching (kerygma) and the teaching (didache) of the apostles the core doctrines and their importance to the churches of every generation, summarizing the doctrines in statement form which will be used as a foundation for all contemporary theological formulations;
Write a modern kerygma/didache type doctrinal statement that can be used by churches as a guide for establishing believers in their faith, for doing theology as a community of believers, and for aiding all believers in beginning their own practical theology for everyday life;
Gain an appreciation for the historical effort of the church as it has sought, down through the centuries to provide the church of its generation with a relevant understanding and defense of the faith delivered by the apostles.
- Lay out a strategy for establishing everyone in a local church in both the gospel (kerygma) and the essential teaching of the apostles (the didache), as well as understand how the BILD curriculum grows out of the didache.