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Guided By The Truth - Doctrine

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What you believe matters, so what do you believe?



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Change / Conviction… Acts 20.26-28 & Jhn 21.15-17 & Ps 119
Acts 20:26–28 ESV
26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, 27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.

Message = Clear Doctrine

Let me begin with sharing you my conviction...
John 21:17 ESV
17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
Matthew 28:18–20 ESV
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
What is my JOB my Calling?
Acts 20:26–28 ESV
26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, 27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
Jesus Concern...
John, Matthew, Peter & Paul - concern...
Sound teaching - right doctrine - proper theology !
Expound on Acts 20:26-28
V26 - Why innocent of their blood? Why matters?
V27 - Shrink = fear
declare = preach / teach = whole counsel
V28 - Pay attention - careful attention = yourselves!!
Jesus’ flock that He purchased with His blood
I oversee - by HS
Trinity in view here!
Doctrine Matters… My Teaching matters… what you believe matters!!
1 Timothy 4:1–3 ESV
1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
Paul - to Timothy - inspired by the HS
Some - (could be you, could be me) will - this is assured by God… scary!
KJV / NASB = doctrine of demons
If you heard two sets of doctrine one from God and another from a demon would you be able to tell the difference? Do not be so sure!!
1 - forbid marriage = catholic priests
2 - abstain from certain foods - Jews, JW, LDS, Islam, 7th Day… others
If God calls these things doctrines of demons how important is right doctrine about things pertaining to Him!
Paul continues to Timothy…
1 Timothy 6:3–5 ESV
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.
This word is to Preachers & Teachers....
It is also a word for you!...
Notice V5
constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and depraved of truth...
The teaching of sound doctrine matters!
The Hearing / Learning / Listening to Sound Doctrine matters also!!!
Paul encourages us...
Romans 12:2 ESV
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Conformed to this world-view...
transformation = by the HS / application of The Word / hearts
Sound Doctrine = right mind = right action - God...
How long have you been a christian? How renewed should your mind be? Are you meditating on Sound Doctrine or Doctrine of demons?
My Fear… & Hope is this…
Hebrews 5:12–14 ESV
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
Milk & Meat
Christ and Him crucified / Whole counsel of God
Like Peter - Feed His Sheep
Like Paul - Teach whole counsel of God
Ephesians 4:17–25 ESV
17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
V17 - We are to be different then this world - renewed, redeemed, restored, sound!!
V18 - Notice it is their hard hearts that foster this ignorance not education… therefore they are alienated from God!!!
V19 - Their “doctrine” impacts their lives - impacts their eternity
V20-21 - If you know Jesus, if you love Jesus you don’t want that!
V22-24 - If you know Jesus then you are one of his sheep, if you are one of his sheep then you want to be fed, if you want to be fed by Jesus then you want sound doctrine so that the spirit of your mind will be renewed.
V25 - When we mediate and are renewed with sound doctrine we are able to speak truth to our neighbors and love them the way were are commanded to love them.


1. In what ways (if any) has this message changed your understanding of what doctrine is? What was your attitude toward the study of doctrine before hearing this message? What is your attitude now?
2. What is likely to happen to a church or denomination that gives up studying doctrine for a generation or longer? Has that been true of your church?
3. Are there any doctrines listed in the outline for which a fuller understanding would help to solve a personal difficulty in your life at the present time? What are the spiritual and emotional dangers that you personally need to be aware of in studying doctrine through systematic theology?
4. Pray for God to make this study of basic Christian doctrines a time of spiritual growth and deeper fellowship with him, and a time in which you understand and apply the teachings of Scripture rightly.
The Doctrine of God’s Word - Bibliology
Characteristics of Scripture
The Doctrine of God - Theology Proper
The Father
Names Of
Incommunicable Attributes Of God
“Communicable” Attributes Of God
Spirituality & invisibility
Truthfulness & Faithfulness
Peace & Order
Righteousness & Justice
The Son - Christology
Preincarnate Christ
Incarnate Christ
Glorified Christ
The Holy Spirit - Pneumatology
The Work of The Holy Spirit
Help / Comfort
service / gifts
The Doctrine of Man & Sin - Anthropology & Hamartiology
Relationship to other Doctrine
The Doctrine of Salvation & The Church - Soteriology & Ecclesiology
The Plan of Redemption
The Decree of God for Election
The Decree of God for Reprobation
The Accomplishment of Redemption
The Mission of the Son
The Cause of Atonement
The Necessity of Atonement
The Nature of Atonement
The Application of Redemption
External Call
Internal Call
The Church
Nature of the Church
visible & invisible
local & universal
personal & corporate
The Purpose of the Church
Exalting God
Edifying Believers
Evangelizing the Lost
Means of Grace
Teaching the Word
The Lord’s Supper
The Doctrine of the Future - Eschatology
Cosmic Eschatology
Personal Eschatology
The Intermediate State
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