If we are supposed to live our lives according to that of Jesus, how do we know which doctrine we should follow especially when answering the question, "What do I have to do to be saved?" With more than 40,000 reported Christian denominations, it may seem that there is no absolute truth.
What if we go back to the day of Pentecost; the birthday of the first church? What did Jesus command the Apostles?
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20)
And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42)
Why should we follow their doctrine? The apostles were the revelators of all that Jesus said and did. They were Jesus' most ardent followers during His earthly ministry. They walked with Jesus, talked with Jesus, listened to his sermons and his teachings, as well as the many parables that Jesus set forth. They were with him more than any other people. They personally witnessed his way of life as well as his way of death. They were the witnesses of his resurrection. They had eyes to see and ears to hear the many things that Jesus taught and preached.
The church is built on the teaching of the apostles, which is nothing other than the teaching of Christ, made known through them and subsequently recorded in the New Testament. Together with Christ, the apostles and prophets form the foundation of the church: "Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone." (Ephesians 2:19-20)
We must avoid people who reject the authority of the apostles: "Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple." (Romans 16:17-18)
If there is one thing the Bible teaches, it is obedience to the Word. We will all be accountable when the Lord comes:
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (Matthew 12:36)
The important thing is that we teach and preach the doctrine of the Bible, the Word of God. It is not our own personal opinion or not the tradition of man that is important, but the Word of God that is important. We cannot pick and choose scripture out of the Bible, but we need to take in account the whole counsel of God. The purpose here is to show you what the apostles preached. >>READ THE GOSPEL