Sound Doctrine :Saturday's Doctrinal Dose - 7th May 2011

Saturday's Doctrinal Dose - 7th May 2011

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."

Have a Blessed Saturday and God Bless you.
Courtesy: Daily Dose Devotionals Team