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DOC’ IN THE HOUSE

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

What is DOC’ IN THE HOUSE? It’s actually a play on words. Even though I have earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (Ph.D.), that’s not what this is about. DOC’ is a play on the word “doctrine,” found in Acts 2:42. In today’s society, many want to stay away from “doctrine” for fear of offending someone or not wanting to get into any deep discussion about spiritual things. It’s interesting that Acts 2:42 tells us the first New Testament saints had four standards they determined to be essential:

1. Doctrine
2. Fellowship
3. Breaking of bread
4. Prayer

If that was important in the beginning of the New Testament Church, surely it’s still important today! Everybody loves fellowship and eating together, but to discuss the importance of doctrine and the foundations of Christianity can cause great debates and who wants to bother with that? Besides, not everyone agrees with things like; “Jesus is the only way,” “the definition of sin and righteousness,” “salvation,” “healing,” “tongues,” “hell,” etc.

Discuss these things while eating together? Let’s just talk about the weather please.

My recommendation on the basics of Christianity (I call it Christianity 101) is just read the Bible for what it says. If Jesus said you must be “born again,” then you must be “born again.” If the Bible says that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved, then everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. If the Word of God says sin is as defined in several lists such as Exodus 20:1-17, Galatians 5:19-21, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Colossians 3:5-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, and Revelation 21:8, then that’s what God has defined as sin. If the Word of God states that Jesus became sin that we might become the righteousness of God in Him, then if we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we are righteous in His sight! If Jesus told the woman caught in adultery to “go and sin no more,” then we have the power to go and sin no more.

Revelation 22:18–19
18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;
19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

It’s surely not as difficult as many would like to make it. The Bible is God’s Word, written by the Holy Spirit through the spirit and hand of man. All sixty-six books are “canon,” the inspired Word of God to His people for doctrine, reproof, instruction in righteousness, that we may be complete and equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16).

The English word “canon” is derived from the Greek word kanon meaning “measure, rule, standard.” Canon: a measuring rule or standard to describe books as inspired by God and having the authority of God.

With DOC’ IN THE HOUSE, my goal is to make it simple, because simple is deep.

Hey, here’s a good one…

1 Corinthians 14:40
Let all things be done decently and in order.

What is the Apostle Paul talking about? In context, he is saying that everything he just mentioned SHOULD be done in a church service, however, decently and in order. Why is it many people use this chapter to remove the operation of the Holy Spirit altogether when we gather? Simple is deep; let these things be done.

Now that we have finished breaking bread (dinner), how does doctrine affect our prayers? Immensely!

Amos 3:3
Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?

Matthew 18:19
Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

Agreement in prayer – now that’s effective prayer AND good fellowship! Doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer! Doc’ in the House – let’s keep it straight – let’s keep it simple!

Pastor Jim Langlois

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Pastor Jim Langlois is the Senior Pastor of The Master’s House www.tmhnow.org, President of MKEA (The Master’s Kids Evangelistic Association) www.mkea.org, and an Area Director for ICFM (International Convention of Faith Ministries) www.icfm.org. You can follow him at docinthehouse, on Twitter at jimlanglois, and on Facebook at jim.langlois. His most recent books are “Is it Okay to Pray in Tongues in Church?” and “Will the Real God Please Stand Up!” Both are available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com