This past weekend we wrapped up one of the most powerful series ever at COMMUNITY, The Story of Everything. I knew that this was a very important series since we were teaching the basics of what we believe, but I had no idea how well it would be received. It was amazing! Here are a couple comments that I just received via e-mail: “This series has answered questions that I have been asking for the past 25 years…” Here is another: “We just joined a small group and The Story of Everything has given us so much to share with each other. You guys have done a wonderful job in giving us explanation, meaning and insight to the Story and its Truth. Thank you.”
After finishing this series, here are some thoughts on how to teach doctrine:
- Doctrine should be taught as relational. One of the big mistakes we make is presenting doctrine as only a proposition or a statement. Doctrine comes from theology and at the core of good theology is a God who is in love with us -that’s relational.
- Doctrine should be taught as a narrative. We often present doctrine as an abstract statement that exists outside of time and history. Doctrine comes from good theology which is the re-telling of the love story between God and man.
- Doctrine should be interesting. When you present sound doctrine based on a theology that is relational and narrative people will engage. I remember a guy telling me when I did an internship, “it is a sin to make the Bible boring.” We had record attendance at COMMUNITY during this series.
- Doctrine makes for great discussion. During this series we also created a DVD curriculum for our small groups. We had record numbers of people in small groups during this series and I know in my small group we had some great discussions.
If you want to check out some of the online teaching here are the topics we covered straight from our statement of faith: