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Sound Doctrine: The belief of Christians committed in the faith

Pastor Leonard Shaw | 7/31/2014, 9 a.m.

Denominations die, not equal sound doctrine.

So I say as Paul does in his charge in II Timothy, verses two-four: preach the word of God, only. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not. Be patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

There will come a time when people will no longer listen to right teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell

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them whatever they want to hear. They will reject the truth and follow strange myths.

If we follow the rules and regulations given to the apostles by God, then when we come to the end of our lives we can all say as Paul did for every period in his life:

The Past- “I have fought a good fight.”

Or, one could say, I have striven the good strife. The Greek is not restricted to a fight, but includes any competitive contest, for example, that of the race course. Any contest they enter their aim is to win. In the race of a Christian, we must follow all of the rules set forth by the king himself-God the Father.

The Present-“I have kept the faith.”

Faith in God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit does not change. For Paul, it was the Christian faith committed to him as a believer and an apostle.

The Future-“I will receive my crown.”

The crown spoken about here is symbolic of the same crown or garland athletes had bestowed upon them at the Greek national games, after successfully competing in wrestling or running. Christians receive crowns too. When they transition from this life, how they lived their lives here will determine what type crown they will receive. The crown of eternal life with the Father is given to those who “have been obedient over a few things.” Those things are all determined by the Lord on Judgment Day.

Follow sound doctrine and one day hear the Lord say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”