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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
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?
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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

To whom is sound doctrine revealed?

To those who seek

Have you ever come across a deer hunter who says, "I’ll sit here and let the deer fall into my lap. Then I’ll put my arms around it and hold on to it. In that way, I’ll catch my deer." Nobody catches a deer like that.

We read earlier that God does not give pearls to swine. We will now find that God does give pearls – but you’ve got to be an ardent pearl hunter and hunt for them.

If you want to understand God you need to seek Him. If you want to get sound doctrine you have to hunt for it. There has to be deliberate action on your part.

Pr 28:5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand all things.

If you seek Him then He will let you find Him.

2 Chron 15:2 and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the LORD is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you."

When you are troubled and confused and distressed, what should you do? Should you get advice from your spouse, friend, neighbor or co-worker? No. Rather, seek the Lord and He will let you find Him.

We understand that much. What about when we don’t understand the word of God and we find so many conflicting doctrines floating around? Should we get advice from your spouse, friend, neighbor or co-worker? No. Rather, seek the Lord and He will let you find Him.

If you draw close to Him then He will draw close to you.

Jas 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

God gives to those who seek.

Lk 11:9 "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."

There has to be a great desire in us to know the Lord. You have to search for Him with all your heart and soul. That is, everything else must become secondary.

Deut 4:29 "But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul."

Jer 29:13 "But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul."

Pr 2:3-7 tells us that we will know God if we cry, ask loudly, seek, search, and walk uprightly.

Pr 2:3-7 For if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures then you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,

So how can you seek God? Should you go to every spiritual conference you hear about? Should you camp outside your pastor’s office and meet with him day and night?

No.

The following sections will show you how to find God.


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