I would like to encourage you with this:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:8-9 ESV
Here are the notes from the sermon this past Sunday:
The text for this sermon is: Titus 2:1. The title of this sermon is: Teaching Sound Doctrine. This is week 4 in our series: We Are FaithPoint.
Doctrine: A body or system of teachings relating to a particular subject.
Matt Chandler tweeted: The goal of sound doctrine is a heart that overflows in praise to God.
Sound doctrine. What is it? Why is it so important?
Jesus knew it was important. He prayed in John 17 that God would “Sanctify them in the truth.” Then he continues and says, “Your Word is truth.”
Your sanctification is based on you hearing the truth from the Bible and then applying it to your life or being obedient to what you have heard.
Pastors are commanded to rightly handle the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
Sound Doctrine: Clear teaching (no sugar coating) when it comes to all things related to the gospel, about who God is and how He has made Himself known, and who Christ is and what He has done to redeem a people that He calls His own, who the Holy Spirit is and His work, and what the Bible says about Christ’s church.
The whole counsel of God is taught. Acts 20:27
- without reservation
- without compromise
- without interjecting our opinions
In other words, we want to draw from Scripture what is really there and not trying to manipulate the Scripture into saying what is not there.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16
Because of this: we confess what is expressly taught in Scripture. The Bible then determines our perspective of all things, our worldview, our marriages, our parenting, and compels us to obedience – abandoning all things for the sake of Christ and following Him alone.
Puritan Theologian, William Ames said, “Theology is the doctrine or teaching of living to God.”
There is an inseparable connection between truth and godliness. 1 Timothy 6:3, Titus 1:1
If the truth remains in our heads but does not dwell in our hearts causing us to act upon or apply this truth, then we are no different than the demons. James 2:18-19
We can not expect to grow in godliness unless at the same time we are growing in Biblical truth. 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Psalm 119:11
However, pursuing truth without pursuing godliness is a sure – fire way to remain a spiritual baby. Ephesians 4:13-14
Reformed pastor, Daniel Hyde, wrote: “The source of all Christian living is the union of the believer with Jesus Christ. Inseparably united by the Holy Spirit to Christ in His death and resurrection, we are therefore dead to sin and alive to God in righteousness. Romans 6.
Freed from sin’s guilt and dominion, we are progressively delivered from the presence and power of sin. At our deaths, our souls at last will be perfected in holiness.
Because we resolve to glorify God in all of life, 1 Cor. 10:31, sound doctrine helps lead us down a path where joy, satisfaction, contentment and pleasure are found in Jesus and Jesus alone.
FaithPoint is a church that holds to the sound teaching or right teaching of the Bible.
We are evangelical meaning that – we believe that the gospel is the vehicle by which Jesus draws people to Himself and all Christians have the privilege and opportunity to share this gracious gospel with all people of every ethnic group.
We hold to Scripture as our highest authority. This is the main thing that started the reformation. Reformers like Martin Luther, John Calvin and John Wycliffe taught that Scripture is our highest authority and not the pope or the Roman Catholic church. They also taught that the Bible shows us that we have the call to obey Christ and follow Him and not the pope.
Jesus is God. He is our Lord, Savior, and Redeemer King. Jesus is the Chief Shepherd and Head of the church. 1 Peter 5:4
The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jesus has no deity, meaning that He is not God. They also believe that He is not eternal. They believe Jesus was created and that He is less divine than both God the Father and the Holy Spirit.
We rebuke that teaching in the name of Jesus and hold fast to what the Bible says about Jesus.
We long for the hearts of God’s people to be engaged. Authentic worship is evidence of your heart being changed by Jesus. Acceptable worship is offered with reverence and awe because of who God is. Hebrews 12:28-29
Everything we do from worship to the reading, teaching, and preaching of the Bible is for the glory of God and to incline your hearts to Jesus so that you may be captivated by Him and want to obey Him.