Biblical Theology

How can a church preserve doctrinal soundness and unity over time?

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Pursue meaningful church membership. That is, move toward having a membership that is composed of genuine Christians who regularly attend the church and are committed to its teaching. Christians will preserve true doctrine. Non-Christians won’t. (Click here for more on meaningful membership.)

How can I help my congregation grow in their understanding of sound doctrine?

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Preach expositionally. As you explain and apply the meaning of biblical texts, your people will grow in their understanding of Scripture and their ability to apply it to their lives. Incorporate systematic theology into your preaching. As different theological topics arise within your exposition of biblical texts, explain how those texts relate to the Bible’s entire teaching on that topic.

How can I grow in my understanding of sound doctrine?

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Give heed to the preached Word. Listen attentively as your pastor expounds God’s Word each week. Discuss the sermon afterward with friends and family.

Why is sound doctrine essential for worship?

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Sound doctrine is essential for worship because…

Why is sound doctrine essential for evangelism and missions?

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Sound doctrine is essential for evangelism and missions because…

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

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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?

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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?

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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: 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: The Lost Message of Jesus, by Steve Chalke

Review by Mike Gilbart-Smith | 03.05.2010

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