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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
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Do you really have sound doctrine?
God hides sound doctrine
Why does God hide sound doctrine?
Man cannot find sound doctrine
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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
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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

When you teach, be gentle

Teaching God’s word is a great privilege and a very valuable ministry because it can result in saving souls from hell. This was the very last point James wanted to leave us with, and therefore something to think about a little more intently.

Jas 5:19-20 My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

For our teaching to be effective, we must teach with gentleness.

Jas 3:13 Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.

A wise person is gentle. A good teacher is gentle. This gentleness is in contrast with jealousy and selfishness – we see this as we continue reading beyond this verse. When we teach people solely for their benefit instead of ours then we can be gentle.

To be gentle means to not try to force people to believe what you think they should believe, and to not expect them to believe you immediately. Give them freedom and time.

Paul had a lot of experience teaching people the things of God. In the beginning, perhaps he got into a lot of heated debates, eager to prove himself correct. But later he learnt the wisdom of kindness, patience and gentleness. He realized that God has to open their eyes and they have to be willing to repent in order to understand the truth. He summarized his learning in 2 Tm 2:23-26.

2 Tm 2:23-26 But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

Those who are really wise will learn from Paul’s experience. If you’re like me, you’ll learn the hard way, and then see the wisdom of what Paul said. In any case, it is better to learn somehow than to never learn at all.

So then, to summarize – if you want to be a teacher in the church you must be gentle, kind, patient, and not quarrelsome.

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