Sound Doctrine

5 October 2014 PM – Titus 2:1 – Tit 14 – Scott Childs

Introduction: Doctrine is teaching or instruction. Bible doctrine is teaching or instruction found in the Bible. Doctrine describes how to be saved, how to have a flourishing relationship with God, how to witness for the Lord, the need to separate from sin, how to have victory over temptation, how to conduct our local church, future events, and a host of other topics.

Because Bible doctrine is confronting, challenging, convicting, and unbending, many churches today give doctrine a back seat. They replace it with entertainment, feelings, opinions, emotion, and freedom. One church in our area even states that they offer a “life without boundaries.”

I believe J. Vernon McGee was right when he said, “The church must teach sound doctrine or it is not a church.”

Transition: This evening, in Titus 2:1, we are going to find that the Holy Spirit commanded Titus to speak things that become sound doctrine. From this and other Scriptures, I want us to learn three important truths about Bible doctrine.

1.        Bible Doctrine is Biblical

a.         Bible doctrine has several characteristics

1)         Bible doctrine is of divine origin.

(2 Timothy 3:16) “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

(2 John 1:9) “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”

2)         Bible doctrine is recorded in the Bible. It is not manmade.

(Matthew 15:9) “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

3)         Bible doctrine was preached by the apostles.

(Acts 2:42) “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

4)         Bible doctrine is universal.

(Mark 16:15) “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

5)         Bible doctrine is permanent. It is unchanging and unchangeable. It is perpetual (never ending).

(1 Peter 1:25) “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

6)         Bible doctrine is to be learned and obeyed by Christians.

(Romans 16:17) “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.”

7)         Bible doctrine is practical especially in this chapter. It deals with attitudes, conduct, lifestyle, ministries, domestic duties, as well as beliefs. As Bob Utley states, “We must not separate justification from sanctification!”

b.         Bible doctrine addresses many issues.

We find several examples of this right here in Titus.

1)         Scripture is to be our guide, Tit 1:3

2)         Scrutiny in choosing a pastor, Tit 1:6-9

3)         Stop spiritual opposition, Tit 1:10-16

4)         Some who profess do not possess, Tit 1:16

5)         Speak only healthy teachings, Tit 2:1

6)         Saintly conduct, Tit 2:2-10

7)         Saved by grace, Tit 2:11, 3:5

8)         Salvation offered to all, Tit 2:11

9)         Separation from evil, Tit 2:12

10)     Second Coming of Christ, Tit 2:12

11)     Security of believers, Tit 2:13

12)     Saviour’s Deity, Tit 2:13

13)     Substitutionary atonement and propitiation, Tit 2:14

14)     Sanctification, Tit 2:14; 3:2-3

15)     Service for the Lord expected, Tit 2:14; 3:1, 8, 14

16)     Sound Preaching, Tit 2:15

17)     Submission to authority, Tit 3:1

18)     Saviour’s love, Tit 3:4

19)     Salvation not of works, Tit 3:5

20)     Saints inheritance, Tit 3:7

21)     Scriptural church discipline, Tit 3:9-11

2.        Bible Doctrine Must Become Sound

a.         Bible doctrine IS sound

1)         The word “sound” comes from the word that means healthy.

2)         Bible doctrine IS healthy because it is God’s teaching for us and God makes no mistakes.

3)         Health is the normal strong condition of a body. Healthy doctrine will make us spiritually strong. It will keep us from spiritual sickness. It is reliable. This is a recurring theme in the book (see Tit 1:9, 1:13, 2:1, 2:2, 2:8).

4)         In the last days, people will not tolerate sound doctrine.

(2 Timothy 4:3-4) “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; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

b.         Bible doctrine must BECOME sound

1)         The  word translated “become” means to stand out, to be conspicuous, to be eminent.

2)         Titus was to speak things that stand out as healthy doctrine. Healthy doctrine covers a lot of issues, but he was to speak about things that stand out clearly as sound doctrine.

3)         Bible doctrine especially stands out as healthy when compared with the unhealthy doctrines of the unruly, vain talking, deceivers mentioned in Titus 1:10-16.

3.        Bible Doctrine Must be Spoken

a.         “Speak thou” is a command.

1)         Thou or you is for emphasis and in full contrast to “whose mouths must be stopped” in Tit 1:11. God commanded Titus to speak things that stand out as the sound doctrine.

2)         Speaking about things that stand out as sound doctrine is a preacher’s duty.

3)         Do you remember Titus’ two main duties on Crete? Look at Tit 1:5 again. He was to ordain elders (described in Tit 1:6-16) and he was to set in order things left undone (the remainder of the book). Thus, speaking of sound doctrine is a duty of every local church. We have no right to minimise doctrine and maximise entertainment.

4)         Today there is an ignorance of doctrine in our local churches. We must learn doctrine through preaching but also through our personal study. Do not be lazy. God holds you accountable.

(2 Timothy 2:15) “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

(1 Peter 3:15) “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”

b.         We must know sound doctrine to speak it.

1)         Our church must teach and preach sound doctrine.

(2 Timothy 4:2) “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”

(1 Timothy 4:13) “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.”

2)         Every Christian needs to know sound doctrine so he can speak it in his witness and defence.

a)         God wants every Christian to hear sound doctrine.

b)         God wants every Christian to know sound doctrine.

c)         God wants every Christian to live sound doctrine.

Conclusion: How well do you know Bible doctrine? Do the cults or the charismatics shake you or do you stand firm on the God’s Word? Does your lifestyle reflect a practical application of sound doctrine? It is time that each of us get serious about learning, living, and speaking sound doctrine.

Song: Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart, 177