If we are to be effective and balanced teachers of God’s Word and leaders of God’s people, we must recognize that our doctrines and practices have various levels of authority.
Jesus said there are certain matters that are “more important” than others:
… you have neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness … (Matt. 23:23)
By implication, this means there are some matters that are “less important.” Our doctrines and practices have varying degrees of significance and of authority. They are not all of absolute importance and authority (although, of course, nothing in the Bible is unimportant).
This framework will help you to discern the significance and authority of various doctrines, with the goal of biblical faithfulness and unity in the Church.
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