Pay Attention to Doctrine

Do you pay attention to doctrine? Perhaps you pay attention to many things: market forecasts, weather reports, sports scores, current events and social media posts, among many other things. But do you pay close attention to doctrine? If you are a born-again child of God, and especially if you are a pastor, giving close attention to doctrine is imperative.

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. (1 Timothy 4:16)

What is doctrine? It is the words, thoughts and ideas that you receive from teaching. In particular, it is the words, thoughts and ideas that you receive from the Word of God.

According to 1 Timothy 4:16, we who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are responsible to pay attention to Bible teaching. How? By knowing accurately what the Bible teaches and then persisting in believing and obeying the right words, thoughts and ideas, and teaching them to others. There are many bad and wrong ideas about the Bible; and man many people teach and promote them. Knowing this, you should pay careful attention to doctrine to be sure that you know and believe the Bible accurately.

Why is this important? Again, 1 Timothy 4:16 tells us that doing this will rescue and deliver both yourself and the people you influence. What do you rescue people from? For some who do not know Christ as Savior, you will rescue from eternal separation and judgment from God, teaching them to believe the true gospel message (Jude 1:22-23). For others who know Christ as Savior, you will rescue them from shame and ruin of a wasted life and the loss of reward at the judgment seat of Christ, prior to entering into the millennial kingdom (1 Cor. 3:12-15, 1 John 2:25). Another passage, 2 Timothy 2:24-26, encourages the same attention to proper doctrine.

And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will (2 Timothy 2:24-26).

In a series of upcoming posts, I will share my personal statement of belief, or doctrinal statement. I will share it one section at a time, focusing on several important doctrinal categories. Please feel free to share any feedback or ask any questions. I would be glad to hear from you. And most of all, I would be very glad if this encourages and helps you to pay more careful attention to doctrine in your own life. God bless!

2 replies
  1. Itai
    Itai says:

    Right doctrine also goes hand in hand with the right translation. As we fight for right doctrine, one can not separate it from fighting for the right translation of the word of God. The more a translation puts their man’s ideas into the text, the more the doctrine becomes a relative doctrine of man rather than the absolute doctrine of God.

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