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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?
Summary
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

Unscriptural methods to get sound doctrine

Having no method

Okay, let me ask you a few questions…

What would you think of a tennis player who wants to play in the Wimbledon tournament and yet has no strategy for practicing?

You’d wonder if he was serious, wouldn’t you?

What do you think God thinks of a person who just reads his Bible as if it were a fiction novel?

If you were a professor and you wrote a book, and your students just read a few pages of it every so often and then forgot about what they read, would they get an ‘A’ in your class?

There are people all over the world who, on Sunday morning, tell God how wonderful and amazingly smart He is – and then they don’t bother to read seriously the things that He wrote. Will God have a high opinion of such people?

Well then, do you have a method for understanding Scripture? Have you spent any time thinking about what it takes to get sound doctrine? Have you tried to get your method from Scripture?

Here is my point: if you have any respect for God you will read what He wrote, and you will think about what He wrote, and you will try and understand why He wrote it. You will try and search out a way to receive and keep the maximum truth out of God’s word.

No student of the martial arts would dare ignore the word of their master. What then shall we say about Christians who have no time or desire to read and understand God’s word?


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