didach, doctrine, teaching:—instruction, teaching, teachings.

The Greek work didache means doctrine, teaching, and instruction. In the New Testament, it specifically refers to the teaching of Scriptures by the apostles, doctrinal teaching with Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of Scripture. It is this teaching –Christ-centered instruction – that the infant church committed itself to in the book of Acts (Acts 2:42) and was to be guarded against error (Romans 16:17; Hebrews 13:9). It is sound doctrine (Titus 1:9), written for our instruction (Romans 15:4) and accords with godliness (1 Timothy 6:3).

To be born again means to have a new life. Just as our old man was born and then grew and matured, our new life in Christ begins with the regeneration of our hearts, leading to our new life in Christ. And we are not born fully mature. Christians are to grow in their love and knowledge of God, so that they may be fruitful and multiply. (Col. 1:9-12)

Emmaus Church takes the teaching of Scripture seriously; convinced that it is by the Word of God that the Holy Spirit nurtures, grows, and strengthens the Christian. Below are some of our fundamental beliefs about the role of Bible study in the church.

The effects of knowing God

Spiritual transformation: from death to life: Col 1:9

See also Jn 17:3 ; Ga 4:8-9 ; Eph 1:17 ; Eph 3:19 ; Col 2:2

Moral transformation: from evil to good: Pr 2:1-6 ; 2 Co 10:5 ; 1 Th 4:3-5

See also Ro 16:26 ; Eph 4:17-24 ; Php 1:9-11 ; Col 1:10 ; 1 Jn 3:10 ; 1 Jn 4:8

Boldness of action for God: Je 32:38-39 ; Da 11:32

See also Ps 138:3 ; Pr 28:1 ; Ac 6:8-10 ; 2 Co 3:12 ; 1 Pe 1:13

The development of Christlike character and behaviour in the Christian through a renewed mind and tested faith leads to fruitfulness in our ministries, families, occupations, and evangelism. It should be the desire of all Christians to grow in their spiritual maturity.

Christlikeness as the goal and model for spiritual maturity: Eph 4:13-15

See also Col 2:6-7 ; Heb 12:2

Marks of spiritual maturity

Spiritual understanding: Col 2:2

See also Ro 15:14 ; 1 Co 2:6 ; 1 Co 14:20 ; Eph 1:17-18 ; Heb 5:12-6:1

Discernment of God’s will and changed behavior: Col 1:9-10

See also Ro 12:2 ; 1 Co 3:1-3 ; Ga 5:22-23 ; Eph 4:22-23 ; Php 1:9-11 ; 2 Th 1:3

Stability: Col 4:12

See also Eph 4:14 ; 2 Pe 3:17-18

Care for the weaker brother: Ro 15:1

See also Ga 6:1-2

Maturity is to be the aim of the Christian

Php 3:13-15

See also Lk 8:14 a reason for spiritual immaturity ; 2 Co 7:1 ; 2 Co 13:11 ; 1 Ti 6:11

God causes spiritual growth: Php 1:6

See also Ga 3:3 ; Heb 10:14

Possessing gifts of ministry: Eph 4:11-13

See also Ro 1:11

Being equipped by the word of God: 2 Ti 3:16-17

See also Ro 15:4 ; 1 Pe 2:2 ; 1 Jn 2:5

Persevering through trials: Ro 5:3-5

See also Heb 2:10 ; Jas 1:3-4 ; 1 Pe 5:10

The concern of the pastor is to help others to maturity: Col 1:28-29

See also 2 Co 13:9-10 ; Ga 4:19

Our growth in Christ is evidence of God’s work in our lives that we, and others, can see. It is, for us, a source of assurance in our salvation; and for our brothers and sisters in Christ a source of joy and thanksgiving to God. For the lost in our world, our conformity to Christ is a light shining in the dark, to the glory of God.

To learn Scripture is not a boring and lifeless endeavor. In fact, it is the very opposite. Knowledge of God increases our love for him, his people, and the world.




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