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Scripture Reading:  Psalm 119:33-40

Does Doctrine Matter? (1)

Intro.
1.  Doctrine means instruction, that which is taught.

2.  Many different doctrine among believers.  This is not as it should be; such is not the will of God. (Jno. 17:20-21; 1 Cor. 1:10)

3.  Sound doctrine:  The teachings of Jesus, 1 Tim. 6:3.

4.  Does doctrine really matter?  Yes.  Necessity of sound doctrine is seen when we understand its source & what it accomplishes in our lives. 

5.  Questions:  Do you believe doctrine matters?  How committed are you to sound doctrine?

 

I.  DOCTRINE IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR RELATION WITH GOD & CHRISTIANS.

  -(Doctrine of Christ & doctrines of demons, 2 Jno. 9; 1 Tim. 4:1.)

  A.  The Source of Sound Doctrine Shows it is Essential.

    1.  God the Father, Jno. 7:16-17 (12:48-50).

    2.  Jesus the Son, Jno. 7:16-17 (18:19); Tit. 2:10; 2 Jno. 9.

    3.  Holy Spirit, Jno. 14:25-26; 16:13.

    4.  Apostles, Acts 2:42 (1 Cor. 2:13); 1 Tim. 1:10-11; 2 Tim. 3:10.

      a.  Delivered Godís doctrine, Rom. 6:17; 1 Ths. 2:9; 1 Tim. 2:7.

      b.  Speech & Scripture (words & writing), 1 Ths. 2:13; 2 Ths. 2:15; 3:4, 14 (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

  B.  The Nature (traits) of True Doctrine Shows it is Essential.

    1.  Sound (healthy, wholesome), 1 Tim. 1:10; 2 Tim. 1:13.

    2.  Faithful word, Titus 1:9.

    3.  Nourishes us, 1 Tim. 4:6.

    4.  Good, 1 Tim. 4:6 (cf. doctrines of demons that deceive, 4:1).

    5.  Accords with godliness, 1 Tim. 6:3.

    6.  Saves, 1 Tim. 4:16.  (Without it we are lost!)

  C.  How we Should Respond to Sound Doctrine Shows it is Essential.

    1.  Spread it, Acts 5:28.

    2.  Obey it from the heart & be set free from sin, Rom. 6:17-18.

    3.  Command & teach it, 1 Tim. 4:11.

    4.  Give attention to it, 1 Tim. 4:13.

    5.  Continue in it, 1 Tim. 4:16 (Acts 2:42).

    6.  Carefully follow it, 2 Tim. 3:10.

    7.  Abide in it, 2 Jno. 9.

    8.  Test all things that are taught, 1 Ths. 5:21-22; 1 Jno. 4:1, 6.

   -Doctrine matters!!

 

Application:

1.  Doctrines concerning salvation matter & can be known (Acts 16:30).

2.  Doctrines concerning worship matter & can be known (Jno. 4:23-24).

3.  Doctrines concerning the church matter & can be known (1 Tim. 3:15).

4.  Doctrines concerning morality matter & can be known (Tit. 2:11-12; mdr, modest dress, speech, worldliness, etc.).

 

Conclusion

1.  NT teaches us good doctrine; sound doctrine (1 Tim. 6:3).

2.  Hold it fast & be blessed by God (2 Tim. 1:13).  Cast it off & be lost.

3.  Part 2 next week.