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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 those who obey God

These days, there are so many preachers, preaching and emphasizing on so many different things. How are you going to discern whether a certain preacher is anointed and representing God or not anointed and just speaking from himself?

In other words, how will you sift sound doctrine from unsound doctrine?

The answer is found in Jn 7:17.

Jn 7:17 "If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself."

If you are willing to do God’s will (however much it may cost you) then you will be able to discern whether a teaching is from God or from man.

Why is that so? It is because God is intimate with the upright.

Prov 3:32 For the devious are an abomination to the LORD; but He is intimate with the upright.

It is to the upright that God gives an understanding of His word. The upright are those who do what God says. Therefore, if you want understanding then you must do His commandments.

Ps 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.

The reason why you must keep His commandments is because you love Him, and not because you can get something out of Him.

Jn 14:21 "He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him."

It is to those who prove their love for Jesus by obeying His commandments that Jesus will disclose Himself to.

You don’t have to be old in years in order to understand God’s word.

Ps 119:100 I understand more than the aged, because I have observed Your precepts.

It is the attitude that counts. That is why Samuel, even though he was just a child was able to hear from God while Eli heard nothing. That is also why Jesus was able to amaze people with His understanding of God.

Lk 2:46-47 46 Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.

The opposite is also true. That is, if God shows you something and you ignore it instead of obeying it then why should He show you more?


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