YIKES! Doctrine

Boy when you read 1 Timothy and Titus back to back you are just pounded by Paul about the importance of sound doctrine. Yet so many of us flee from doctrine – thinking it divides. I doesn’t.

Doctrine is in fact life itself. It’s from the Greek “didache” which is where we get our word “didactic” which means to teach or convey instruction. Doctrine is simply conveying instruction – when Paul is speaking of doctrine he is speaking of the conveying of the truth of the Gospel which then pertains to life.

We see behavior is directly linked to sound doctrine in 1 Tim 1:8-11 as he gives a laundry list of sins…then adds the “and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine.” Not sure who said it, but I once heard that life is inextricably linked to doctrine.

So a few things I noticed about SOUND DOCTRINE:

  1. SOUND DOCTRINE always aligns with the truth, the Bible.
    • John 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth, your word is truth”
    • Titus 1:1 …”knowledge of the truth”
    • 1 Tim 4:6…”trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.”
  1. SOUND DOCTRINE is the Gospel of Jesus Christ
    • 1 Tim 6:3-4 “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with Godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and knows nothing.”
  1. SOUND DOCTRINE produces Godliness
    • Titus 1:1 – “their  knowledge of the truth which accords with godliness.”.  ESV study note hits it here “the true gospel always produces godliness in its adherents, godliness being the hallmark of the true gospel. “
  1. SOUND DOCTRINE is rooted in LOVE
  • 1 Tim 1:5 – “the aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”
  1. SOUND DOCTRINE is actively practiced and held defensively
  • 1 Tim 4:15-16 “Practice these things…Keep a close eye on yourself and your teaching”

 

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      Flee. Pursue. Fight. Take Hold. Keep

      Fight the Good Fight of Faith

       11But as for you,(A) O man of God,(B) flee these things.(C) Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12(D) Fight the good fight of the faith.(E) Take hold of the eternal life(F) to which you were called and about which you made(G) the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13(H) I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus,(I) who in his testimony before[a] Pontius Pilate made(J) the good confession, 14to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until(K) the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

      Flee (these things)” – what things?  Well, what he went into in the verses prior. (v6-10).  He was talking about the desire for wealth.  Which is really coveting.  Which is really idolatry.  (Col 3:5) Yes…Idolatry is alive and well, folks.

      OK…so if I’m fleeing something, am I pursuing something else?

      Yes…glad you asked.

      –“Pursue:”

      1. Righteousness
      2. Godliness
      3. Faith
      4. Love
      5. Steadfastness
      6. Gentleness

      –“Fight the good fight of faith” – How?  See 1-6.  

      …what else?

      –“Take hold of the eternal life” – Eternal perspective. Always.  This world is not all there is, and that’s a good thing.

      –“Keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach”

      …for how long?

      “Until the appearing of our Lord Jesus.”