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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
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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

When you teach, refuse quarrels

Some of the greatest quarrels among men stem from religious differences. Therefore we must be careful about how we handle difference of opinion in religious things.

2 Tm 2:23 But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels.

People love to speculate on things – things like:

  • When will Jesus come again?
  • Where does this event fit in the end times?
  • Who will the anti-Christ be?
  • What will the millennium be like?
  • What will heaven be like?

And more things like that.

We are commanded to refuse to speculate on such things. They cause unnecessary division.

It is one thing to divide on necessary things, but it is quite another thing to divide on unnecessary things. There are many things that are not worth talking about. We should avoid talking about such things. Moreover, if we are in the midst of people who enjoy talking about such things we should warn them at most twice and then stop associating with them.

Tit 3:9-11 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.

The one who teaches God’s word must learn to avoid quarreling. It brings great peace. Let others think what they want. It is good to be humble and realize that we can’t change anyone’s opinion on anything. We can leave that in the hands of God.


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