Church Teachers: Teach Sound Doctrine

sound-doctrinePaul then instructs Titus about “the teacher behind the teaching.” “In your teaching show integrity, dignity” (v. 7). In the Greek, it literally reads, “in the teaching” (en te didaskalia). It can mean either of two things—the content of teaching or the conduct of teaching. I think it refers to the content or substance of teaching. Paul uses the same phrase in Tit. 1:9, “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine [en te didaskalia, “in the teaching”].” Here, he indicates the content of teaching.

First, in the content of teaching, Titus is to show “integrity.” The word “integrity” (aphthoria) means “soundness, purity.” (Gingrich) Friberg explains, “strictly not subject to corruption; hence, in relation to teaching that is free from error soundness, purity, integrity (TI 2.7).” In the content of teaching, Titus must teach sound doctrine or pure doctrine that is free from error.

A Pulpit committee went to hear a prospective minister preach. The best thing they liked about his sermon is that it was only 10 minutes long. They immediately called him as their new Pastor.

His first week in the new church he preached a 30-minute sermon. The next week his sermon was almost 2 hours. The Deacons met with him and asked him to explain.

His response was, that the first time the committee heard him preach, he had a new set of dentures in his mouth that hurt him terribly so he could barely preach 10 minutes and had to stop talking because of the pain.

The second time he preached, he said that his dentures felt fine so he preached a normal 30 minute sermon. They said that explains those 2 sermons, but please explain to us this last sermon that was 2 hours long.

He said that’s easy, I got up that particular morning and accidentally put My Wife’s Dentures in my mouth, and when I started talking I couldn’t shut up![1]

Do you teach God’s Word? It doesn’t matter if you talk too much or too little. What matters is that you talk pure doctrine. Make sure that your teaching is pure teaching. Do not teach false teaching. False teaching is not necessarily teaching only false things. False teaching is teaching a mixture of true and false things. We must teach only sound doctrine or pure doctrine.

To teach sound doctrine, interpret the Bible correctly. Follow the rules of interpretation. Follow the sound doctrine of tested and proven Bible scholars that have been sharpened by the insights of other Bible scholars.

I don’t encourage you to go to any church. You might be infected by false teachings in another church with a different doctrine. Just because a church has the same name, “Christian Fellowship,” does not mean that they teach the same pure doctrine we teach. There are many churches today that teach different doctrines.

Some doctrines are Bible-quoted, but not Bible-taught. They quote the Bible, but the Bible does not teach it. Some doctrines are Bible-based, but not Bible-interpreted. They “base” it on the Bible, but they misinterpret the Bible passages. However, some doctrines are sound doctrines–teachings that are rooted in the intended meaning of the author and supported by the rest of Scripture.

Make sure you attend a church that interprets the Bible correctly. Attend a church that teaches the pure doctrine of the Bible.

[1] Ken Trivette, “How to Be Happy in an Unhappy World (1 of 23),” Online: http://www.sermonsearch. com/sermon-outlines/46299/how-to-be-happy-in-an-unhappy-world-1-of-23/.


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