Know Sound Doctrine

Titus 2:1 “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.”

Knowing sound doctrine is crucial. One of the biggest mistakes we could make as the children of God is to look at the beloved truths of the scripture and deem them trivial. I don’t commend you to know sound doctrine for doctrine’s sake. Exalting in our education is idolatry. When we take the act of learning and glory in it, we sin against God and abuse the precious gift of learning given to us by our Creator.

On the other hand our studying of God’s word should always be used to draw us closer to God. We are to use our education for exaltation. John Piper explains it like this:

“Exaltation in God is first in the order of importance. But it doesn’t come first in life. In life, true education precedes true exaltation. Learning truth precedes loving truth. Right reflection on God precedes right affection for God. Seeing the glory of Christ precedes savoring the glory of Christ. Good theology is the foundation of great doxology. That’s the order of life.”

C.S. Lewis saw the importance of knowing doctrine in this manner:

“For my own part I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await many others. I believe that many who find that ‘nothing happens’ when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand.”

It is utterly important for you to be able to discern your doctrine in accordance with scripture. Know doctrine to know God.

Here are some helps:
Education for Exultation: In Jesus by John Piper (audio file w/ sermon manuscript)
Discern Your Doctrine by Mark Dever (audio file)
Doctrinal Triage by Albert Mohler (video)

1 Timothy 6:2-5 “Teach and urge these things. 3 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, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.”

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