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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?
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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

This is what we want to find out about God

I said above that in this book I am only concerned with sound doctrine on the subject of God. What does the subject of God include?

The subject of God includes who God is. That is, it describes the attributes of God. It describes what God is like (i.e. how God behaves) and what He thinks about different subjects. In other words, it includes the knowledge of God.

The subject of God also includes an understanding of God. That is, it explains why God behaves in the way He does. To have understanding is to know why God behaves in the way He does.

The subject of God also includes what God has done, what He is doing, and what He will do in the future. That is, in includes the past, present and future works of God, in as much as God has chosen to reveal them.

The subject of God also includes God’s description of the state of man, God’s plans regarding the destiny of man, and God’s expectations of man, and all of God’s dealings with men.

Therefore, when we talk of having sound doctrine we desire to know the truth about the knowledge of God, the understanding of God, the works of God, God’s revelation regarding the state, destiny, expectations of man, and God’s dealings with man.

Therefore, henceforth, whenever we use the term ‘understanding’ we will mean ‘understanding why God behaves in the way He does’. Also, whenever we use the term ‘knowledge’ we will mean ‘knowledge of God’, and ‘knowledge of the truth’ will mean ‘knowledge of the truth about God’.


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