Follow Sound Doctrine 1 Tim. 1:3-17 (HCSB) March 3, 2013
A man came to me one day and said, “ I wish you would quit emphasizing doctrine.” I simple asked him about several major beliefs Baptist stand for and then asked if he though we should quit believing those principals. He indignantly said, “NO!” I then told him you just stood up for doctrine!
1. Follow Sound Doctrine Make Sure It Is . . Taught. 3-7
A. Follow Sound Doctrine Make Sure It Is Taught . . Abstain from Endless Genealogies. 1:3-4
3 As I urged you when I went to Macedonia, remain in Ephesus so that you may instruct certain people not
to teach different doctrine 4 or to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies. These promote empty
speculations rather than God’s plan, which operates by faith.
B. Follow Sound Doctrine Make Sure It Is Taught . . Avert Away from Uninformed Teachers. 1:5-7
5 Now the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.
6 Some have deviated from these and turned aside to fruitless discussion. 7 They want to be teachers of the
law, although they don't understand what they are saying or what they are insisting on.
Paul encouraged the church to abstain from allowing some to teach who emphasized false doctrine. If that happened in the first century do you think we must be careful about it today? Paul also encouraged the church to check those who are teaching to make sure they do not avert from the teaching of the sound doctrines of the faith. I would encourage all the church to have a class periodically using the newer book on the Baptist Faith and Message. Today we produce excellent materials and we need to make sure they are properly used.
2. Follow Sound Doctrine Make Sure It Is . . Trustworthy. 8-11
A. Follow Sound Doctrine Make Sure It Is Taught and Used . . Legitimately. 1:8-9
8 But we know that the law is good, provided one uses it legitimately. 9 We know that the law is not meant for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers,
B. Follow Sound Doctrine Make Sure It Is Taught and Used . . Leaning on the Gospel. 1:10-11
10 for the sexually immoral and homosexuals, for kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and for whatever else is
contrary to the sound teaching
11 based on the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was entrusted to me.
Many in the church may have some pet doctrines or sections of the Bible. In the early church some wanted an over emphasis on the “Law.” Paul wanted a legitimate use of the law but to make sure they were basing it in the glorious gospel of the Lord. We believe the entire Bible but we call ourselves New Testament Churches. During a revival meeting one day I asked a young lady, “If she was a Christian” she said, “oh yes.” I then asked what she based her testimony upon.” She said, “I don’t eat pork.” Further checking revealed she attended a church that greatly emphasized the Old Testament and even worshiped on Saturday.
3. Follow Sound Doctrine Make Sure It Gives A Salvation . . Testimony. 12-16
A. Follow Sound Doctrine Make Sure It Converts . . Persecutors. 1:12-14
12 I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry—
13 one who was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man. But I received mercy because
I acted out of ignorance in unbelief.
14 And the grace of our Lord overflowed, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
B. Follow Sound Doctrine Make Sure It Converts . . Pronounced Sinners. 1:15-16
15 This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save
sinners”—and I am the worst of them.
16 But I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them?, Christ Jesus might demonstrate
His extraordinary patience as an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life.
If we accent sound doctrine, and we should, our focus needs to stress the message converts sinners.
The message of the Bible to be completely sound must include the salvation of sinners. Paul was
one who persecuted Christians before he got saved. Now the Lord gave Paul a special vision that
transformed him on the Damascus Road. I believe God gives all of us the necessary experiences
to bring us to salvation, for me all it took was a gospel believing Bible teaching mother. But notorious
sinners can be, and are saved throughout the world when the accent is based on presenting the gospel.
It is sad so many of us do not see more people come to Christ.
4. Follow Sound Doctrine Make Sure It Gives . . Tribute and Praise to God. 12-17
A. Follow Sound Doctrine Make Sure It Praises . . Uniquely. 1:17a
17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, . . .”
B. Follow Sound Doctrine Make Sure It Praises . . Universally. 1:17b
“. . . be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
The phrase of scripture that says, to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, . . .” uniquely
gives tribute and praise to our God. We certainly want honor and glory to be given to the Lord forever and as we emphasis and Follow Sound Doctrine we will be on our way to accomplishing that. Amen? Amen!