Doctrine. Anymore, it’s the kind of word that we tend to spit out of our mouths. It implies stodgy rules and religious systems that we would rather avoid. Why care about doctrine when I can just have Jesus?

Jesus answered the questions best (as He tends to): “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.” (John 16:1, NKJV) He says this right before he warns his disciples that other religious folks are going to hate them. Sure, they could have all just agreed that God was most important, then they could get along, but Jesus told them they needed to know what He had to say.

The consequence of not knowing these things is series: we stumble. It is serious enough to demand our focus. In Acts 17, Luke described the people of Berea this way: “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness and searched the scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (vs 11, NKJV). There’s a model to follow!