In a Facebook forum that I belong to, one of the members asked this question: since all Christian doctrines are important, which ones are essential for our theology and preaching?
Below is my list of six essential doctrines of the Christian Faith.
1) salvation by grace alone through faith alone, via the atoning work of Christ alone. Rom5:1-2, Eph2:8-9, Acts4:12
2) the necessity of water baptism by immersion in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins. Acts2:38, Mk16:16, John3:1-5, 1Pet3:21
3) the necessity of Spirit baptism in the life of a believer. Rom8:9, John3:1-8, Acts19:1-2, Lk11:13
4) the belief in one personal God—the Father—manifested in his Son the Lord Jesus Christ; from which Father God proceeds the Holy Ghost, his Spirit and the Spirit of his Son. 1Cor8:6, Deut6:4, John15:26, Gal4:6, Matt10:20, John4:24
5) the belief in the resurrection, ascension, and return of Jesus Christ. Acts1:1-11
6) the sanctification of the believer in body, soul, and spirit. 1Thess5:23, 2Cor6:17
Is there something on the list you think shouldn’t be? Is there something not on the list that you think should be? I’d love to dialogue about any or all of these. Hopefully we are all putting some thought into what we think about God; because what we think about him determines the way we worship him and live for him.