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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

Study, practice, and then teach

God promised to give His people shepherds after His own heart.

You and I can be one of them.

Jer 3:15 "Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding."

But before we can get there we must learn to accurately handle God’s truth.

Paul had a great desire to ensure that he himself accurately handled the word of truth. He took pains to ensure that what he taught others was not his own stuff but the truth of God. He exhorted Timothy to do the same.

2 Tm 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

In order to accurately handle the word of truth we must take the time to study God’s word. Then we must practice it. And only then can we teach it.

Ezr 7:10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.

When we study God’s word we must quickly get the point and then begin practicing it. Otherwise, we can become people who are always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Paul refers to such people in 2 Tm 3:7.

2 Tm 3:7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Such people get stuck at a certain point, refusing to believe what Scripture plainly says simply because they don’t want to be proved wrong or because they don’t want to give up certain things. Do not be like such people.

If we teach what we are not practicing ourselves then we are hypocrites and will come under judgment.

Jas 3:1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.

That is why it is important to not be too hasty to be a teacher of God’s word when it concerns things you’ve not practiced.

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