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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
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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?
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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

From those who do not understand Scriptures or the power of God

I was once debating the existence of God with an atheist. So he asked me this question: can God create a stone so big that He cannot lift it?

If I said, "Yes," then he would say that God cannot exist because if God can’t lift the stone He cannot be God.

If I said, "No," then he would say that God cannot exist because if God can’t create a stone He cannot be God.

I was stumped. Either way, God couldn’t exist, and the atheist was right.

So I asked God for wisdom to give this man an appropriate answer.

God gave me such wisdom, and so I told the atheist, "Since your question is a paradox, it is only natural that the answer also be a paradox. So my answer is, "Yes and no." I explained further, "If you are asking, ‘Can God ...’ then the answer is ‘Yes’, but if you are asking, ‘… God cannot …’ then the answer is ‘No’."

I didn’t have too much trouble with that the atheist after that.

In Jesus’ time, the Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection and so they came up with scenarios to show that the resurrection was simply not viable – just like this atheist I just mentioned. Jesus answered their questions and then explained why they were mistaken.

Mk 12:24 Jesus said to them, "Is this not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God?"

The Sadducees were mistaken because they didn’t understand the Scriptures or the power of God. The atheist was mistaken for the same reason.

In order that we not be mistaken in doctrine we must understand the Scriptures. But that is not sufficient – we must also understand the power of God.

For example, when the Scriptures say that Joshua stopped the sun (Josh 10:12-14) and the whale swallowed Jonah (Jonah 1:17), if we really understand the power of God we would have no trouble believing it to be true.

What if Scripture said that Jonah swallowed the whale? Would you believe that too? Not underestimating the power of God, I would.

If you repeatedly point to a dog in the presence of an infant and say, "Spoon," the infant will soon believe that the dog is a spoon. When it comes to Scripture we need to be like an infant. Otherwise, we will be mistaken too.


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