Sound Doctrine & Ministry Effectiveness

November 27, 2016 by  
Filed under A Monday AM BLOG

God is always pleased with our genuine expression of humility and dependence on him. Today as we consider the Doctrine of Bibliology, the Scriptures, listen to the words of the Prophet Jeremiah. He ministered at a time in Israel that has many parallels with our current culture in America.
Jeremiah 23:26-32  How long shall there be lies in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart, who think to make my people forget my name by their dreams that they tell one another, even as their fathers forgot my name for Baal? Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the LORD. Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who steal my words from one another. Behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who use their tongues and declare, ‘declares the LORD.’ Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the LORD, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them. So they do not profit this people at all, declares the LORD.
Our Heavenly Father, hear our prayer. We plead with you to send Reformation & Renewal to the American church. You alone are able to change the hardness of men’s hearts. You alone are able to awaken and mobilize those who truly know you to live in obedience to your word. We trust you to do that LORD. May it be soon and may it be a powerful and lasting renewal. AMEN!
Our focus is the Reformation & Renewal of the American church. What is necessary for this to come to pass? A foundational factor is Sound Doctrine. The message of the gospel is rooted and grounded in the Special Revelation God has graciously given to man – the Bible. The mantra of ministry that I have applied for 47 years is this – – ‘What does the text say?’
Discovering with precision and accuracy what God’s word declares is central to knowing his blessing and the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. In the NT we find the phrase sound doctrine used in Titus 1:9 is literally ‘healthy doctrine’That phrase sound doctrine is used 12 times in the NT. It has the following meaning(s);

to have sound health, i.e. be well (in body); figuratively, to be true in doctrine.

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