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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

Is the truth you understand driving you to stop sinning?

While we understand that we will sin till the day we die, but must be actively trying to stop sinning. If we have received and internalized truth, we will be doing just that. If we are not doing that then we have not understood the truth. That is, in this section we see that receiving truth causes us to aim for perfection.

Paul was a man who was inspired by God and he was given the task of spreading sound doctrine to the New Testament churches. After that, he had the responsibility of teaching that sound doctrine to responsible men so that they could continue teaching sound doctrine to others after he had gone.

Here is what Paul told Titus and Timothy concerning one important characteristic of sound doctrine.

Tit 1:1 Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness,

1 Tm 6:3-5 If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.

A sound doctrine conforms to godliness, and the words of Jesus. That is, we are on the right track when we concentrate on understanding how to be godly.

We are not to have a morbid interest in controversial questions or to dispute about words. When we see that we have a morbid interest in controversial questions, and that such an interest results in our disputing about words, which in turn results in envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions and constant friction then we must humbly acknowledge that we are conceited and understand nothing and that we have a depraved mind and have missed the truth. Then we must repent and return to concentrating on how to be godly.

Ask yourself then: which kind of Bible studies interest you? Are you more interested in the end times than in godliness? Are you more interested in mission statistics than in godliness? Are you more interested in getting rich or getting healed than in godliness?

Don’t waste your time. Focus on becoming godly.


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