• Sound Doctrine
• Some Attributes We Should Consider.

• Introduction
• 2 Tim. 4:1-5
• Has "sound doctrine" become irrelevant to modern Christians?
• Doctrinal themes unpopular both in pulpit and classes.
• "Be practical", "Be relevant" is modern cry.
• Even needed subjects on life's problems are not approached from doctrinal basis.
• Sound doctrine is essential to spiritual health.
• Sound means healthy. (HUGIAINO-hygiene).
• Doctrine means that which is taught --From the Scriptures. (2 Tim. 3:16,17).
• Sound doctrine is not a matter of insignificance.
• Important to those who teach and hear.
(I Timothy 4:16).
• Important ingredient in preaching. ("with longsuffering and doctrine.)
• Important to test doctrine for its soundness.
• Sound doctrine has three attributes as described in the text:

• It Is God’s Word
• ”Preach the word" (v. 2).
• The word is powerful.
(Hebrews 4:12; Romans 1:16; Acts 2:37).
• The word is able to save.
(James 1:21,22).
• The word is complete.
(2 Timothy 3:16,17; Jude 3; Galatians 1:8,9;
2 Peter 1:3).

• "Convince, rebuke, exhort" (v.2)
• It convinces the unconvinced.
• There are people not convinced of their sinful state before God.
• There are people not convinced of one God, Lord, baptism, etc.
• There are people not convinced of need to assemble, worship, work, purity.

• There are people who know their sinful state, but are rebellious.
• There are people who know right way, but refuse to conform to it.

• The weak and discouraged need encouragement to overcome.
• The faithful striving Christian needs encouragement to keep on.
(Hebrews 10:25)

• "In season, out of season".
• If brethren do not feed regularly on sound doctrine they will go step by step into error.
• Soon, they will not endure (hold up--support) sound teaching. (v. 3).
• Next, they will select teachers who teach to suit them. (v. 4).
• Next, they will turn ears from truth -- will not listen any more. (v. 4).
• Next, they will turn to false religions or fables. (v. 4).

• Conclusion
• If one does not accept and support sound doctrine NOW -- "time will come...(v.3)"
• Believe, obey, teach and support sound doctrine while it still appeals to you.
• Teach and support sound doctrine in all forms: reproof, rebuke, exhortation.
• Are you holding to sound doctrine?

By Carey Scott

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