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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?
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 those who fear God

The first step is to fear God.

Pr 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Job 28:28 "And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.’"

You can’t get the knowledge of God if you don’t fear Him because the fear of the Lord is the beginning, or the starting point, of the way to knowing God, and understanding God and tapping His wisdom.

Ps 25:14 The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He will make them know His covenant.

If you don’t fear God you will not find out His secrets. That is, you will not get an understanding of His word.

So what does it mean to fear the Lord?

Pr 8:13 "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate."

To fear someone is to hate to hurt that person. If you know that a person does not like something then if you fear that person you will hate to do that thing.

God hates evil. Therefore, those who fear Him will hate to practice evil.

Those who hate to do what is evil in the sight of God will understand the secrets of the Lord (only those secrets that He chooses to reveal to man, of course (Deut 29:29)).

While we should hate all evil in general, there are specific things that the Lord really hates. Specifically, if you want God to reveal His secrets to you then you must take pains to remove pride and arrogance and a perverted mouth from yourself. A perverted mouth is one that tells lies, deceives, exaggerates, misdirects, etc. An arrogant person is one who mistakenly assumes that he is more superior than he really is. A proud person is one who thinks that the thoughts that enter his mind are truer than the word of God.

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