Too often, so little is known about the doctrines of Scripture. We even shy away from the word theology, which simply means to study God. The word theology is derived from theos (God), logos (the Word).
Therefore, theology refers to God’s truth. Doctrine, by contrast, points to the practice of that truth.
Benny Hinn begins this powerful School of Ministry study by pointing to Luke 1:1-4 and the four pillars of the purpose of doctrinal study: we must know doctrine, we must set it forth in order, we must declare it, and we must believe it. Pastor Benny says:
You cannot know the most important doctrines of Scripture unless you know God. That comes from the study and practice of God’s truth. Job 11:4 tells us, ` My doctrine is pure.’ God’s doctrine is pure. It produces a pure life, and when you receive God’s doctrine, it produces holiness, not sin. This is one of the most exciting School of Ministry classes I’ve taught, and I pray that your life will be changed as you go through these sessions again and again.
Matthew 16:13-23 reveals the basic foundational studies featured in this course, including the following:
Now, more than ever, we must heed the need to study of doctrinal foundations, knowing that:
“the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (1 Timothy 4:1).
So little is known about the doctrines of the Bible. The word “doctrines” refers to instruction, teaching, and substance. Teaching substance is doctrine. It means there is real life and power in the teaching. It’s more than just teaching theology. Theology refers to God’s truth, while doctrine is teaching the practice of that truth.
The two must be united. You cannot have doctrine without theology. Luke 1:1-4 gives us the fourfold purpose of doctrine: We should know doctrine so we can set forth the truth of God’s word, we must set it forth in order, we are to declare those things which we believe, and we must know the reason for the doctrine. you cannot give away truth that God has not given to you, and the Bible is the revelation of Jesus.
Knowing His revelation is crucial to everything we do as believers!
We are told:
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
God unveiled His Person and His purpose as He revealed Himself through His Word. Revelation is the communication of truth, but it is not inspiration. Inspiration is the recording of truth. The Bible was given by revelation and inspiration. The word “inspiration” means “God breathed.” Inspiration enabled men of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to write divine revelation without error. It wasn’t enough for the writers of God’s Word to receive a revelation, for they had to also receive the inspiration to write it down.
That’s why holy men of God were moved by the Spirit to write what they heard without mixing themselves into it. Understanding this is one of the great foundations of truth, and it is a crucial point for believers—yesterday, today, and forever!
The Scriptures do not attempt to prove the existence of God. The Scriptures simply declare, as in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning was God.”
This verse alone trips up many people who can’t understand it. The unbelievers cannot receive it, but believers accept God’s existence because the Scripture declares it. We are told:
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
God shows truth to those who are open to it. Certainly God’s creation proves His existence, but there are many other revelations that help us understand who He is and what He desires for us to be—revelations that you will discover during this powerful lesson!
We are told:
“There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” (1 John 5:7).
The Lord our God is one! He is the Godhead. He is one, undivided and indivisible. Yet there are three eternal distinctions or manifestations of God. He is manifested as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each manifestation has His specific characteristics and personality, yet God is one. In fact, the word “Trinity” is not in the Bible.
It was introduced by an early church father trying to explain that God is a triune being, similar to each human who is one person, yet spirit, soul, and body. Understanding this foundation is crucial to believers who desire to know and serve God in a deeper way!
God the Father is not just a part of the eternal Godhead; He is the fullness of the Godhead. God the Son is not just a part of the eternal Godhead; He is the fullness of the Godhead that was manifested and made visible in a body. God the Holy Spirit is not just a part of the eternal Godhead; He is the fullness of the Godhead sent to be our Helper, Guide, and so much more.
Though He has three personalities with many different facets, the Lord our God is one! He is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. He is co-equal and co-eternal. God the Father is your life. God the Son is your Source of life. And God the Holy Spirit is the Giver of life.
Most importantly, God is eternal, with no beginning and no ending, who offers us an eternal inheritance with Him!
Faith requires that we accept that there were no angels, no heaven, no earth, no universe, but only God (Genesis 1:1). In the New Testament, we are told:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:1-5).
Who can comprehend this by human understanding? God did not need anyone to worship Him or serve Him for billions and billions of year, yet He did create everything, including mankind, because He wanted to share His love with us.
God is love! And that is just the beginning as we understand His divine character that He desires to share. Only in eternity will we be truly able to understand this amazing plan of redemption!
God desires to command His blessings upon you. He wants to pour His anointing upon you. But how do you prepare for that anointing and the life-changing effects that God’s touch will have on your life?
Using illustrations from Scripture and personal experiences, in this lesson Pastor Benny Hinn shares specifically how to move into a vital relationship with the God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit by introducing you to His presence and power.
That anointing will help you understand the Bible more fully. It will help you learn to give yourself totally to God. It will help you to accept Him as your solution for failings, inadequacies, and sins. And the anointing will help you pray with boldness and effectiveness.
God wants to walk and talk with you every day, even as He works through your life to draw others to His loving power.
If you want to please Almighty God, your life must be properly adjusted in three areas—your position, your walk, and your warfare. If you lack in any of these areas, you will be in trouble.
Beginning with the Book of Ephesians, in this lesson Pastor Benny Hinn teaches how to be strong in each area. Chapters 1-3 deal with who you are in Christ, or your position. Chapters 4-5 deal with your walk. And Chapter 6 spotlights your warfare.
It’s time to understand who you are and what God desires for you. You have authority and power.
God wants to live and work through you in a mighty way, and it begins with understanding your position in Christ!