Years of a heavy emphasis on doctrine made us very technical and legalistic in our thinking about God and what it means to be a church. In recent years some groups have backed off on that and sought better balance. Finding the proper balance between commandments (laws) and attitudes (love and humility) is a challenge. These ideas are not mutually exclusive and we will see that both are emphasized in Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus
1/ Having said that, we should observe that the first instruction to Timothy is to “charge some that they teach no other __________” (1 Timothy 1:3).
2/ What does the word “doctrine” mean?
3/ “Teach no other doctrine” implies that there is a good doctrine that is to upheld and defended. What would you say is the doctrine that is to be retained?
4/ What word do these letters use to describe that good doctrine? (1 Timothy 1:10, 6:3, 2 Timothy 4:3, Titus 1:9, 2:1).
5/ There is a similar emphasis on doctrine in Titus. In Titus 1, one of the qualifications of an elder is that he will “hold fast the faithful word as he has been taught” (1:9). What does this verse go on to say they do with that word?
6/ Sometimes we think of “doctrine” as the structural features of the gospel such as the nature of the church and plan of salvation. Note what specific types of things are included in the word doctrine in Timothy and Titus:
1 Timothy 1:9-10
2 Timothy 4:1-7
7/ WHAT IS THE TRUE SOURCE OF DOCTRINAL KNOWLEDGE? What does 2 Timothy 3:14-17 say about the relationship between scripture and doctrine?
8/ What 3 words does Titus 2:7 use to describe Titus obligations toward the doctrine, and what does each mean? Titus 2:7 in doctrine showing ___________, ______________, _______________,
9/ How does Paul encourage Timothy to preserve sound doctrine in 2 Timothy 2:15?
10/ THE PROBLEM: 2 Timothy 4:1-4. What does verse 3 tell us about human nature and sound doctrine?
11/ What are some examples of SOUND DOCTRINE that people struggle with today?
12/ CONCLUSION: What do these thoughts teach us about how we can be a better church?