What is DOCTRINE? (Dabbling In Doctrine)

Bible Study / Leadership //


DEFINITION: DOCTRINE means teaching or instruction. When people are talking about the Bible or the Church, DOCTRINE refers to those things which are taught in the Bible.

EXPLANATION: When people talk about Doctrine they mean those truths that are taught in the Bible and are always true.  For example, a math book might teach you that 2 + 2 equals 4. In the same way, the Bible teaches us that Christ died for our sins. That is DOCTRINE.


All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)

It is important that we understand doctrine because God gave us the Bible so that we could understand more about Him.

He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. (Titus 1:9 ESV)

It’s not always easy to understand the Bible. That means we need to have people we trust in our lives that we can ask questions of. Understanding doctrine allows us to help other people to understand the Bible better.

ACTIVITY: Read a favorite story out of a child’s Bible or a regular Bible. Look for any doctrine (ideas) taught by the story. Don’t worry about whether you know the name for the doctrine, just look for any doctrines taught by the story. Ask someone for help if you need it.





About the Author

Wayne Stocks is a happily married father of four. That didn’t stop God from calling him into ministry to children of divorce and in single-parent situations. Wayne’s mission is to minister directly to children of divorce, educate others on its effects on children, equip them to work with those kids, and call the church to serve, support and minister to them and their families. You can find out more about Wayne’s ministry at and more about him personally at