Why is sound doctrine essential for worship?


Sound doctrine is essential for worship because…

Why is sound doctrine essential for a Christian’s discipleship and growth?


Sound doctrine is essential for a Christian’s discipleship and growth because what we believe determines how we live.

Why is sound doctrine essential for the unity of the church?


Sound doctrine is essential for the unity of the church because the only true unity is unity in the truth (1 Jn. 1:1-4; 2 Jn. 10-11).

Think about it. Without sound doctrine the church will be a jumbled mess of everyone’s personal beliefs. If the church without sound doctrine is united, it will either be united around whimsical sentiment or an explicit untruth. In either case:

Why is sound doctrine essential for the health of the church?


Sound doctrine is essential for the health of the church because the church will always listen to someone, and it will always follow whoever it listens to. The only question is, will a church follow God or Satan? Will it confess the truth or lies? Will it uphold sound doctrine or false teaching?

To be specific, sound doctrine is essential for:

Book Review: Evaluating the Church Growth Movement: Five Views, ed. by Paul Engle and Gary McIntosh

Review by Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Mission | 03.08.2010

This, I think, is the key takeaway from this book: If you start with man, you won’t rise above man-made theories.

Book(s) Review: This Little Church . . . Went to Market & Stayed Home, by Gary Gilley

Review by Flynn Cratty | 9Marks Journal: Elders (Part 1) | 03.06.2010

In the end, this emphasis on the Bible as the norm for life and doctrine is the most helpful thing in these two books.

Book Review: Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church, by D. A. Carson

Review by Paul Alexander | 03.05.2010

What good is evangelistic ministry if we lose the evangel?

Book Review: Faith of My Fathers, by Chris Seay

Review by Bruce Keisling | 03.05.2010

Another reason to read this book is to expose the sad multigenerational commitment to “whatever produces results at the moment.”

Book Review: Being Latino in Christ, by Orlando Crespo

Review by Juan Sanchez | 9Marks Journal: Race and Ethnicity | 03.05.2010

Overall, Being Latino in Christ is a helpful tool for second-generation Latinos who struggle with their ethnic identity on a personal level.

Book Review: Worship Seeking Understanding, by John D. Witvliet

Review by Ben Woodward | 03.05.2010

Witvliet’s study on worship is divided into five disciplines: biblical, theological, historical, musical, and pastoral.

Book(s) Review: The Emerging Church and Emerging Worship, by Dan Kimball

Review by Mike McKinley | 03.05.2010

We should make an effort to make our worship clear and accessible, even to non-believers. But we have a primary responsibility to worship God according to his Word.

Book Review: Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, by Kennon Callahan

Review by Thabiti Anyabwile | 03.05.2010

A pastor would do well to invest his time in a more faithful work than this.

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Review by Jamie Dunlop | 03.05.2010

Kenneson and Street have composed an excellent critique of a discipline that has become almost second nature in many church circles, even despite its limited applicability.

Book Review: Decision Making and the Will of God, by Garry Friesen

Review by Greg Gilbert | 03.05.2010

Read the book, but just make sure you’re not convinced of the stupidity of the regulative principle by that one-page section.

Book Review: Into the Future, by Elmer Towns and Warren Bird

Review by Greg Gilbert | 03.05.2010

The danger of trying to survey and summarize so many different books on so many different topics is that you will have neither space nor focus to deal with any of the issues well.