Summary: We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were given by inspiration of God and that they only constitute the divine rule of Christian faith and practice.
God’s Inspiration – Captain Moy Hernandez, Jr.
(The Salvation Army Doctrine 1 - Sermon Series)
What is a Doctrine? According to the dictionary it is defined as a code of beliefs, or tenets, especially about philosophical or theological matters; the body of teachings of a religion, or organization.
In order words it is the set of interpretations - in this case of a Church about what the Bible teaches us as followers of Christ.
According to our mission statement The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.
This simply means that we indeed are a Christian Church in fact we are recognized as an independent denomination although we share many of our beliefs and doctrines with other independent denominations.
Our theological interpretation is based on Wesleyan Theology from which many other well knows denominations such as the Methodist and the Nazarene Church derive their own statements of beliefs and practices.
But as a Salvationist, whether you are a soldier, an active members or just someone who enjoys worshiping as a part of our Christian family, do you know what our Church stands for? Do you know what we believe?
Well starting today on every second Sunday of the month we will begin a study through the eleven official Doctrines or statements of beliefs of The Salvation Army.
If anyone of you where talking our membership or soldiership classes we would spend more time on each of these topics, but consider these sermons as reviews of the overall meaning of these biblical interpretations.
Let us begin with doctrine number one, the necessary foundation on which all other believes must be based on. Our first Doctrine then reads:
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were given by inspiration of God and that they only constitute the divine rule of Christian faith and practice.
It is important to understand that these doctrines are not statements that where merely dreamed up by our founder but they are rooted and indeed based on Biblical principles.
Their interpretations and understanding will be what we will cover in this series.
In fact the direct interpretation for this doctrine is found in our scripture for today, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 where we read: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
But let us break it down to gain a deeper understanding of what it should mean to each of us. We will look at three different aspect of this doctrine.
First we’ll take a look at its historical development of the doctrine not just in The Salvation Army but in the Church and the importance of this doctrine to our Christian faith.
Secondly, we’ll look at the essentials of this doctrine and we’ll finish off with the issues that this belief presents to us as Salvationist and members of this denomination.