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Collapse IntroductionIntroduction
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
Collapse The source and channel of sound doctrineThe source and channel of sound doctrine
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

All this will make sound doctrine hard to identify

So we see that in the last days sound doctrine will be hidden and hard to locate. It will be competing amongst all kinds of false doctrine. It will be labeled heresy and denounced by the masses. This famine for sound doctrine was prophesied by Amos long ago.

Amos 8:11-12 "Behold, days are coming," declares the Lord GOD, "when I will send a famine on the land, not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the LORD. People will stagger from sea to sea and from the north even to the east; they will go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, but they will not find it.

Do you think Amos 8:11-12 refers to a lack of Bibles? Not at all! On the contrary, it is because the word of the Lord will be competing with so many other ‘words’ that it will be difficult to find the word of the Lord. People will seek for the word of the Lord but unless they are able to identify the word of the Lord when they hear it they will not find it.

God expects us to rise beyond this situation. Consider Eph 4:14.

Eph 4:14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;

Eph 4:14 warns us that we will encounter the trickery of men, and craftiness and deceitful scheming. We must be prepared for that and not be willing to swallow everything we hear.

Eph 4:14 also helps us to determine how spiritually mature we are. A spiritually mature person is able to identify sound doctrine whereas a spiritually immature person will be totally confused by the multitude of doctrines that exist. Therefore, learning to identify sound doctrine is an essential step towards spiritual maturity.

Every member of the church must be able to identify false doctrine and run away from it. Also, every member of the church must be able to identify sound doctrine and stand up for it in love. Only then will the church be able to grow up in all aspect to be like Christ (Eph 4:15).

To summarize, Satan is out to spread false doctrine. Many people will gladly receive false doctrine. As a result, sound doctrine will be hard to identify, and those who hold on to it will be persecuted. If we want to grow up to Christ we must be able to identify and apply sound doctrine. This is why it is important to know how to identify sound doctrine.

Therefore, the goal of this book is to explain how to ensure that you will really understand what God’s Word means, and thereby ensure that your doctrine is sound.

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