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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

A scriptural approach to getting sound doctrine

To find sound doctrine concerning a particular topic, do the following:

  • First, humbly acknowledge that you are totally dependent on the Holy Spirit for the correct interpretation. Why? This is because, as we saw in an earlier section, sound doctrine is only revealed through the Holy Spirit. No man is the source of sound doctrine. Even your own mind cannot reveal sound doctrine to you.
  • Next, pray for guidance and for an understanding of Scripture.
  • Next, ensure that you do not fall in any category of people from whom sound doctrine is hidden from. These categories are described in an earlier section.
  • In addition, ensure that you have all the qualities of people to whom sound doctrine is revealed to. These qualities are described in an earlier section.
  • Next, you must be willing to change your beliefs no matter what the cost is. You will do this if you love the truth more than anything else.
  • Next, be prepared to change your lifestyle based on what the Holy Spirit reveals to you. The Holy Spirit does not reveal knowledge to us to make us smarter but to make us holier.
  • Then, forget what everybody else says. Open your mind to the Holy Spirit and be prepared to accept His revelation. Even godly men can be wrong in certain things (Ac 16:3, Ac 11:2-3, Gal 2:11-14).
  • Then find ALL the verses that apply to the topic (2 Tm 3:16-17).
  • Use a concordance and a reference Bible. Software packages can make this easier.

    Read the Bible to be very familiar with it.

  • Then remove any confusion in terminology (1 Cor 14:33).
  • Compare Scripture with Scripture in order to decide what terms are equivalent and what means what.

    Study the life of Jesus, and see how this truth is exemplified by the life of Jesus.

  • Then form an opinion that is logically sound and consistent and fits ALL the verses you’ve found (2 Tm 3:16, 17). It is the sum of God’s Word that is truth (Ps 119:160). Jn 10:35 and Mt 5:18 say that Scripture cannot be broken i.e. it cannot be wrong or discounted or nullified. If there are loopholes or inconsistencies in your doctrine, seek God for wisdom. Also recheck your list of verses.
  • Finally, study other people’s position on the same subject and see if you’ve missed anything. If yes, humbly admit it and change your position. If not, with God’s help, and with deep humility, search Scripture for verses to counter the other arguments. Don’t forget the following:
  • Be gentle, patient when wrong, able to teach and not quarrelsome (2 Tm 2:24,25).

    Do not sharply rebuke older men, but appeal to them (1 Tm 5:1).

    Your motive should be to bring all the maturity, speaking the truth in love (Eph 4:15).

    Maintain the correct balance between purity and other things (Jas 3:17) so that you may not compromise.


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