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Discussing Doctrine and Theology

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For many group leaders, doctrinal and theological discussions are frightening territory. But they don't have to be.

This resource has been specially designed with two purposes: 1) To help group leaders better understand the art of facilitating a theological discussion, and 2) To provide easy-to-follow Doctrinal Guides that will help clarify many confusing aspects of what Christians believe.

Tips for Facilitating Discussions

How To Lead a Group Discussion

Follow these basic principles to start and maintain a productive conversation.
Hebrews 5:2
by JoHannah Reardon

Handling Theological Conflicts in a Small Group

Five approaches that will help you and your group deal with doctrinal strife.
1 Timothy 1:3–7
by Joel Comiskey

Essential Characteristics of a Small-Group Facilitator

Qualities to look for in the people facilitating small-group discussions.
Mark 13:35–40
by Reid Smith

Why We Don't Know All The Answers

Why God doesn't always speak in crystal-clear commands.
1 Corinthians 1:20–25
by Philip Yancey

Doctrinal Guides

Introduction to Christian Doctrine

A starting point for what theology is and why we should study it.
Ephesians 4:14–15
by Heather Zempel

The Doctrine of the Bible

Understand what God's Word is and how it affects our lives.
2 Timothy 3:16
by Heather Zempel

The Doctrine of God

Understanding the central qualities and doctrines of the Almighty.
Deuteronomy 6:4
by Heather Zempel

The Doctrine of Man

What the Bible says about the station and purpose of human beings.
Psalm 8:4–6
by Heather Zempel

The Doctrine of Christ and Salvation

Explore two central elements of the Christian faith.
John 1:14
by Heather Zempel

The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

Understanding the work and gifts of the Counselor.
John 14:26
by Heather Zempel

The Doctrine of the Church

What it really means to be part of the Body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12–27
by Heather Zempel

The Doctrine of the Future

A broad look at what happens next and why it's important.
Romans 13:11–14
by Heather Zempel

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