I’ve often heard people say, “I don’t want any doctrine” as if it is a dirty word or bad concept.
Doctrine is simply what we are taught by a teacher, it is what we understand and believe about Scripture.
In that sense every single person has a doctrine that they believe.
The Word tells us that we are what we think (Proverbs 23 v 7), so the doctrine that we adhere to has a great effect on our lives.
Paul told Timothy to take heed of the doctrine, which is the apostle’s doctrine that Paul taught.
The doctrine Paul taught was the doctrine for Timothy and it is the doctrine for us, and if we follow these teachings we can save ourselves and others (1 Timothy 4 v 16).
There is a reverse side to this verse of course; if we adhere to wrong doctrine and wrong teaching we can harm others and ourselves.
Paul was of course writing to a believer so this verse is for those already saved, so here Paul is talking about on-going salvation in terms of joy and peace, healing and wholeness and prosperity.
Correct doctrine will move you into healing and wholeness, peace and prosperity.
Wrong doctrine will see you sick and poor!
So doctrine (what we understand and believe about the Word as we are taught by a teacher) is important, it is very important.
Our doctrine will impact on the quality of life for us and for others.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and Holy Spirit, enabling us to have good doctrine”.
1 Timothy 4 v 16…..Take heed unto thyself, and unto doctrine: continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt save thyself, and them that hear thee