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

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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:

How does inattention to sound doctrine kill churches?

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Inattention to sound doctrine is inattention to the gospel. The gospel is doctrine. It is a proclamation about God, our sin, Christ’s saving, substitutionary death and resurrection, and the human need to repent of sin and trust in Christ.

What priority do the authors of the New Testament give to sound doctrine?

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The authors of the New Testament constantly argue that sound doctrine is of first importance.

9Marks says “biblical theology” is one of the marks of a healthy church. What’s meant by “biblical theology”?

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The term “biblical theology” can be used in two ways:

Book Review: Shepherds After My Own Heart, by Timothy Laniak

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Elders (Part 2) | 03.05.2010

This book is excellent, and should be read by every thoughtful and thoughtless pastor, so that they might better understand both the Word and their own role.

Book Review: Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture, by Graeme Goldsworthy

Review by Paul Alexander | 9Marks Journal: Preaching | 03.05.2010

Read this book, and you’ll not only want to re-read it, you’ll want to re-read your Bible.

Book Review: Preaching Christ in All of Scripture, by Edmund Clowney

Review by Paul Alexander | 9Marks Journal: Preaching | 03.05.2010

This book is worth having on your shelf for the primary reason that it will encourage you to preach Christ himself from the Old Testament.

Book Review: Preaching Parables to Postmoderns, by Brian Stiller

Review by Carl Trueman | 9Marks Journal: Preaching | 03.05.2010

In the end, I was perplexed by the book. There was plenty of thought-provoking material, but there was also a rather contrived view of postmodernism.

Book Review: Preaching Christ from the Old Testament, by Sidney Greidanus

Review by Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: Preaching | 03.05.2010

Preaching Christ from the Old Testament is an excellent resource that has yet to be replaced.

Book(s) Review: God’s Big Picture, Gospel & Kingdom, and According to Plan, by Vaughan Roberts and Graeme Goldsworthy

Review by Nicholas Piotrowski | 03.05.2010

A one-stop review of three biblical theology classics.

Book Review: Him We Proclaim, by Dennis Johnson

Review by Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: Preaching | 03.05.2010

There are a myriad of books on preaching, but Johnson believes that the Bible is finally the best guidebook for preaching the Bible.

Book Review: Simply Christian, by N. T. Wright

Review by Andy Davis | 9Marks Journal: The Gospel | 03.05.2010

Most pointedly, I don’t believe this book tenderly and clearly warns individual sinners of their peril or calls upon them to flee to Christ as the only remedy for their sin before God.

Book Review: God So Loved the World, by Fisher Humphreys and Paul Robertson

Review by Greg Gilbert | 03.05.2010

To be quite honest, I believe a comprehensive look at Baptist history would reveal plainly that Baptists historically have been largely a Calvinistic people.

Book Review: Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race

Review by Tony Carter | 9Marks Journal: Race and Ethnicity | 03.03.2010

This book is a fine and needed supplement to the many systematic and biblical theology books we already have on our shelves.

Book Review: Is Jesus the Only Savior?, by James Edwards

Review by Will Kynes | 9Marks Journal: Marriage & Pastor's Wives | 03.03.2010

The kind of person who would perhaps benefit most from this book is the skeptic who is sympathetic to the claims of the Jesus Seminar and other similar scholars.