PRINCIPLES, PROMISES, DOCTRINES, AND TECHNIQUES
Principles: principles are fundamental truths either stated or implied in any passage of Scripture.
Ex.: Human beings are totally depraved.
Ex.: God’s righteousness demands righteousness from each Christian life.
Each dispensation may have principles related to it specifically, but a principle valid in one dispensation does not guarantee its validity in another dispensation.
Ex.: Tithing was a principle of giving under the Mosaic Law, but tithing is not a principle of giving during the Church Age.
Promises: promises are God’s guarantees
Ex.: God promises to save the person who believes in Jesus Christ.
Ex.: God promises to reward those who serve Him properly.
Be careful. A promise to Israel may not be a promise to the Church. A promise to Abraham may not be a promise to Christians.
Doctrines: doctrines are data that has been accumulated and categorized by subject matter
Ex.: The Doctrine of Sin
Ex.: The Doctrine of Hell
Ex.: The Doctrine of Salvation
Ex.: The Doctrine of Giving
Ex.: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
Pick a subject. Begin in Genesis and end in Revelation, gathering all that the Bible has to say on that subject, and the result is a category of doctrine on that subject.
Techniques: techniques are “how-to’s”
Ex.: How to become saved
Ex.: How to confess post-salvation sins
Ex.: How to faith-rest
Ex.: How to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil
Ex.: How to become like Christ in His humanity
God’s intended results cannot be achieved in the life of anyone who distorts the decreed “how-to.”