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Thanks for visiting the website! This month’s picture of another baptism in Cajamarca, Peru, was received on my birthday. I call it God’s birthday present. The young lady being baptized was taught by her friend who became a Christian only a few months ago. Disciples making disciples! What a blessing to help facilitate the church planting efforts of Latin Americans. [Click picture to enlarge.]

Cajamarca baptism

Ministry and mission work is a team effort -- Jan and I have shared ministry and mission work for over 50 years! Countless people have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob" or "Hermano Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw in my family. One of my favorite breakfasts is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with hot sauce and a cup of rich Colombian coffee! The greatest joy of my life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and to help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature as disciples of Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by so many people around the world!

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Mission and Ministry Schedule

With international travel restricted, I have suspended international mission and ministry travel. Some online events are included on the 2020 Calendar. If you wish to join me online for seminars, sermons, studies, and classes, contact me for more information about events and dates.
Looking forward in faith, I am scheduling mission events and travel for the summer and fall of 2021. Contact me for more details.

Weak Doctrine Equals Weak Christians

The church must recognize and continually affirm the importance of doctrine. While doctrine and teaching are generally synonymous, in this article doctrine refers to a defined set of beliefs. The attitude or belief that "doctrine does not matter" is more and more prevalent in the contemporary church. Failure to define doctrine likely explains several realities in today's church - lack of evangelism, lack of committed discipleship, young people who leave the church, new Christians who do not remain faithful.

Have you personally talked to many non-Christians lately? Especially in today's uncertain world, unbelievers are seeking foundations, orientation, stability, something dependable - something to know, to live by, to depend on. Unchurched people expect churches to have beliefs. Unchurched people expect churches (and church members) to know what they believe and why. Because non-Christians expect churches to have a belief system to guide life, the church must define and declare its doctrine. Some studies have shown that strong doctrine enhances evangelistic outreach. Churches with clear doctrinal statements are generally among the fastest-growing religious groups. Lack of evangelism often signals a lack of doctrinal certainty. When the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who goes to battle?

Some Christians think that defining doctrines or beliefs will hinder evangelism. In our contemporary culture where tolerance is glorified, some Christians shy away from doctrinal certainty. Such is a grave error. If the teachings of the Bible cannot be known with certainty, we are all at sea, wandering without direction, foundering with no solid footing. The church must sound forth with a vibrant, valid voice in the uncertainties of today's world. If the church cannot provide foundations, why would anyone want to participate in church?

Doctrine is important to unchurched persons; doctrine is also important to Christians. Christians must know what they believe and why. The Christian who lacks a well-defined belief system often struggles to realize a well-defined Christian walk. Christians who are not certain what the Bible teaches, or whether the teachings of Scripture are important, usually lack motivation and commitment for basic Christian activities.

Bottom line-doctrine matters! "If doctrine does not change your life, why have doctrine?"

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This article will be available in the future at this link: Weak Doctrine Equals Weak Christians

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