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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
Collapse Sound doctrine is top secretSound doctrine is top secret
Do you really have sound doctrine?
God hides sound doctrine
Why does God hide sound doctrine?
Man cannot find sound doctrine
Collapse From whom is sound doctrine hidden?From whom is sound doctrine hidden?
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 focus on sound doctrine about God

You can have doctrines on any subject. For example, you could believe that green aliens reside on Mars. This would be your doctrine on extraterrestrial life. It is a doctrine because it is a belief that you have that you cannot prove. If this belief of yours were at some point proved to be true then your doctrine would be sound doctrine on extraterrestrial life.

Just as we can have a doctrine on extraterrestrial life so also we can have a doctrine on the subject of God. If our beliefs about God are true then we can say that we have sound doctrine with respect to God.

In this book we will limit our scope to doctrines on the subject of God. Therefore, from now on when we use the word doctrine we will be referring to doctrine regarding God.

The people of the world are fascinated by the celebrities: actors, sportsmen, politicians and businessmen. They want to know details about their public and private life, their likes and dislikes, and where and how they spend their time. And who can blame them? After all, they are the people of the world.

The people of God have the same kind of fascination about God – the celebrity of all celebrities. We want to know how God thinks, what God did, what God does, what God will do, how God behaves, what makes Him happy, what makes Him sad, what makes Him angry, what disturbs Him, what doesn’t disturb Him, and so on.

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