Doctrine, the guide for indoctrination
I have introduced in this text, the Doctrine of the New Testament Church or in some references ‘the Apostle’s Doctrines.’ This can be described, as a division of Theology in New Testament Doctrines. I introduce this term as a proper division of theology. My one supreme reason for this introduction is to present a positive, constructive and clear message of the Christian theology of the Christian Church in its foundation. We cannot read hardly any text in the early church teaching, either from Christ or His apostles without realization of truth unveiled for us to understand the will of God through doctrinal truth. Christian doctrine means literally "teaching" or "instruction" and may be defined as the fundamental truths of the Bible arranged in systematic from. Again, may we define a study of doctrine is also called "theology." Theology is also a "treatise or reasoned discourse about God." Theology or doctrine may be described as the science which deals with our knowledge of God and His relations to man. It is a science because it is a systematic and a logical study, arrangement of certified facts. Sometimes doctrine is set forth as a dogma in the church. As a dogma, doctrinal teaching is the church’s statement of the truth placed in a church’s creed. There must be doctrine for the body of ministry in Christ to know its foundations, teachings, faith, order, etc.
We shall study in this brief course of doctrines, the Bible teaching of doctrines as seen in the message of the New Testament Church. We have no conscious effort or purpose of a complete study of doctrines or theology presented in this text but rather a furthering of Biblical truths into our Christian’s Faith. Our brief aim in this volume and subsequent works we have rendered is to present a doctrinal and systematic truth about the New Testament church foundation and teaching. With regard to the many differences among critical acclaim scholars and Theologians, we are guided by the foundation truths found in the New Testament teaching. First, as given in the Old Testament, the New Testament by Christ, His apostles and the general practices left oral and written. We present this text not in a controversial or apologetic manner; we are here to declare and expound the gospel truth. Again, with regard to current teachings and ideals, we must make clear; Christianity is not a victim to this age, but rather an answer. It historical message is not out dated or out molded. The truth is, at the very heart of mankind, Christianity and its views transcends all about modern man and gives clear evidence as man way to truth and to life. The world and its coming apocalypse, the conflict and victory of Christ over all things gives us even more evidence that the faith of Christianity is not only the faith of the present but the faith of the future of all mankind.
About the Author
About the book and the author. Dr. J. L. Payne was led of God over 45 years ago to establish New Testament Church Ministry within the Church and he conceived the vision of God’s restorable plan for the church to the Apostle's Order. The message of placing this before the body of the church became a consuming passion of his life and ministry. He has written over (20) books describing and producing documentation of the early church's era. Bishop J. L. Payne has brought to our attention the New Testament’s Church principles, pattern, order, structure and message. The Apostle’s Ministry, Five Ministries in the church is the divine order of ministry given us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Bishop’s efforts in this Book are to present a profound biblical and systematic explanation in Theological terms the New Testament Church.Bishop Payne founded and established in 1976 Payne Bible College with over 500 students completed and acquired Degrees from the School throughout the world over these intervening years. Payne Bible College’s curriculum is presently online via the Internet. Bishop Payne now serves as the Chancellor of Payne Bible College, The Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of Christ Churches of God In Christ, USA International with headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi.