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Let's define sound doctrine
Let's focus on sound doctrine about God
Let's focus on sound doctrine from the Bible
Let the Bible tell us how to study the Bible
What aspects of God are we interested in?
Collapse Why is finding sound doctrine difficult?Why is finding sound doctrine difficult?
Satan tries to spread lies
We like lies
Other people accept lies
All this makes truth rare
Collapse Why should we have sound doctrine?Why should we have sound doctrine?
So that we don't worship in vain
So that we don't destroy ourselves
So that we don't persecute true believers
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Do you really have sound doctrine?
God hides sound doctrine
Why does God hide sound doctrine?
Man cannot find sound doctrine
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From the clever and intelligent
From those who don't understand God's power
From the scoffer
From the liar and deceiver
From those who suppress the truth
From the wicked
From those who don't have a good heart
From those who receive glory from men
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Sound doctrine comes from Christ
Sound doctrine comes through the Holy Spirit
Collapse To whom is sound doctrine revealed?To whom is sound doctrine revealed?
To those who seek
To those who fear the Lord
To those who love the truth
To those who obey God
To the humble
Collapse How to test whether you have sound doctrineHow to test whether you have sound doctrine
You understand what God expects?
You know you still sin?
You are trying to stop sinning?
You are making progress in stopping sinning?
Do you love?
Are your prayers answered?
Collapse Unscriptural methods for getting sound doctrineUnscriptural methods for getting sound doctrine
Having no method
Using the historical / grammatical method
Collapse Interpret Scripture properlyInterpret Scripture properly
How did Jesus interpret Scripture?
A scriptural approach to getting sound doctrine
Collapse Parting thoughtsParting thoughts
Seek to know the Lord
Test every spirit
Estimate yourself soberly
Ask God to teach you
Make yourself the guinea pig
Study, practice, then teach
When you teach, refuse quarrels
When you teach, be gentle
When you teach, be loving
Guard what is entrusted to you

Let’s define sound doctrine

Before we begin discussing how to study the Bible I would like to first review a few basic ideas. Two things that you need to understand are what the word ‘doctrine’ means, and what it means to have a ‘sound doctrine’. It is important to understand these terms because they are fundamental to what we are discussing and we will use these terms often.

A doctrine is an unproved belief regarding some subject. A doctrine is sound if its associated belief turns out to be true. That is, a sound doctrine is a true statement (or set of statements) about the subject of the doctrine.

A belief that the earth is round is no longer a doctrine because it can be proved that the earth is round. To be called a doctrine a belief needs to be unproved. However, once upon a time it could not be proved that the earth was round. During that time you could have a doctrine about the shape of the earth. Those who held to the doctrine that the earth was flat had an unsound doctrine because their belief would turn out to not be a true statement. On the other hand, those who held to the doctrine that the earth was round had a sound doctrine because their belief would turn out to be a true statement.

The reason why the concept of ‘doctrine’ is important is because most statements about God cannot be proven. For example, the Bible says that God knows all things (1 Jn 3:20). Such a statement cannot be proven true or false simply because we cannot put God in a laboratory and test His knowledge. Thus, most, if not all, statements regarding God are doctrinal in nature. That is, they are unproved beliefs. If I believe that God knows all things I believe it not because I can prove it but because I believe 1 Jn 3:20 in the Bible.

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