Sound Doctrine - Monday's Doctrinal Dose - 10th December 2012

Monday's Doctrinal Dose - 10th December 2012

Sound Doctrine

The Apostle Paul wrote, "He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it." - Titus 1:9 (NIV).

In the early days of the Christian church Paul was
giving instructions to Titus regarding qualifications
for church leadership. One requirement was that
leaders were to be well established in sound doctrine; that is, in the understanding and teaching of God's Word.

Unfortunately, there are some leaders and some
churches whose doctrine may be sound, but sound asleep! Sound awake doctrine for all Christians is critical because if we are not well grounded in God's truth, we can easily be led astray by persuasive and charming false teachers. As another has said, "If we don't stand for truth we can fall for anything."

Sound doctrine, however, as important as it is, is not enough. It needs to be alive and balanced with love. Without love, doctrine can become deathly legalism or modern day Phariseeism. On the other hand, love without sound doctrine can become at best "sloppy agape" and at worst empty humanism. The real church and true Christianity is based on God's truth (sound doctrine) and genuine love. Both are equally important.

Prayer: "Our Loving Father in Heaven, please help me to know and understand your truth but give me a loving heart to live it as well as learn it. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."
Courtesy: Daily Dose Devotionals Team