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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

From the scoffer

In the context of what we are talking about, a scoffer is a person who is so sure that he knows the truth that if you tell him the opposite of what he believes he will mock you derisively. Even if you give him a detailed explanation for why you believe what you believe he will simply not consider what you say. He has made up his mind about the topic and he considers it beneath himself to change his mind just because you think differently.

The Pharisees were like that. Jesus told them that He was the Son of God and they just couldn’t believe it. They had made up their mind that a man could not be the Son of God, and that was it.

Here is what God has to say about scoffers.

Ac 13:41 ‘BEHOLD, YOU SCOFFERS, AND MARVEL, AND PERISH; FOR I AM ACCOMPLISHING A WORK IN YOUR DAYS, A WORK WHICH YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE, THOUGH SOMEONE SHOULD DESCRIBE IT TO YOU.’

The Jews scoffed at Paul when he told them that the Law of Moses and the Old Covenant was replaced by the New Covenant. Paul was quoting Hab 1:5 and was pointing out that scoffers will never believe what God is doing. They have already figured God out and the works of God are a closed box to them.

Job’s friends could not understand the root cause of Job’s plight because it never occurred to them that God would send trials to an innocent man.

Job 17:2-4 "Surely mockers are with me, and my eye gazes on their provocation. Lay down, now, a pledge for me with Yourself; who is there that will be my guarantor? For You have kept their heart from understanding, therefore You will not exalt them."

Pr 14:6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.

If you want to get sound doctrine you must have an open mind. If you don’t understand something new and different, don’t scoff at the person presenting it. Listen carefully, for it could be truth.

To find out if you are a scoffer, consider this question carefully: if you lived in Jesus’ time, would you have recognized Him as the Son of God?


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