Dr. William T. Bailey, Jr.
November 26, 2018
Definition for Doctrine:
Instruction as it applies to lifestyle application.
The first thing that is readily apparent is the word “instruction”. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that:
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Paul goes on to tell us in 2 Timothy 4:3-4:
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Paul’s letter to Titus 2:1-9 speaks of sound doctrine:
2 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; 3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
6 Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, 7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,[a] 8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of [b]you.
9 Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, 10 not [c]pilfering, but showing all good [d]fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Now we know that ALL scripture is good for doctrine, Let’s consider some Biblical Doctrine and what it teaches:
- The nature and the character of God.
- Psalm 90:2; 97:2; John 4:24
- The path of salvation.
- Ephesians 2: 8-9; Romans 10: 9-10
- Instruction for the Church.
- 1 Corinthians 14:26; Titus 2: 1-9
- God’s standard of holiness for our lives.
- 1 peter 1:14-17; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
- When we accept the Bible as God’s word to us.
- 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21
These few verses will give us a solid foundation for our doctrinal beliefs.
Biblical is that which incorporates the “whole counsel of God”. Acts 20:27: 27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
Read Acts 20:1-38.
Watch out for the teaching of False Doctrine. 1Timothy 6:3-4
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
And, Galatians 1: 7-9:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
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