All of us our teachers. Some have a career of teaching, others teach at home or work, however, we are all teachers. As I am continuing my study in Titus 2, I am reminded that older women are to teach in accord with sound doctrine. Sound doctrine is a system of beliefs based on absolute truth as found in the Word of God. Whether or not we realize it, everything we read, hear or watch is continually adding to the doctrine that makes up our belief system. God makes is clear that there is only one place to find sound doctrine, and that is the Bible!
The apostle Paul had a deep concern for his protégée, Timothy as concerning sound doctrine as we read…“Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. But avoid worldly chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness.” 2 Timothy 2:14-16
What were the things that Paul wanted them to be reminded of? “the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2 Paul wanted to make sure that the content of their teachings be based solidly on the Word. “Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 1:13 He wanted them to be knowledgeable teachers, and he wanted them to reproduce themselves to others. That is discipleship in a nutshell.
Christians are called to the clear teaching of the Scripture and we must be committed to what the word of God says and means. Discipling is a simple process of taking the truths of God that you have learned and purposely sharing them with others. True discipleship will pass on a heart of inspiration as well as obedience.
Every follower of Jesus must be persistently pursuing truth. “Rightly handling the word of truth” involves a solid commitment to the gospel message. To study something accurately means to correctly get the right meaning from what you are studying. I’ve heard it said that text without context leads to pretext. Without that a person has a tendency to develop patchwork theology.
One “accurately handles” the word of Truth when he deals with it as God intends that He should. This means that we must teach what it teaches without reading into it our preconceived ideas, traditions or doctrines. A common mistake made by Christians is to interpret Scripture in the light of their experiences or what they have heard how others expound on it. God’s Word requires precise, careful study, and it must be presented in a clear and accurate manner.
Why is it that handling the Word of God is so important? Because it is a very sharp instrument! In Ephesians chapter 6 we read that the sword of the Spirit is the word of God .A Roman soldier would have had years of training to learn how to handle a sword correctly. In Hebrews chapter 4 the Word is likened to a surgeon’s scalpel, so precise it could separate the joint from the marrow. That is sharp! If Scripture is our weapon, we need to know how and when to use it as our defense.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness”. 1 Timothy 3:16
I like to consider these three questions, after I have read a passage in the Bible:
1. What conclusions can I come up with from these verses?
2. Does is show me an area I need to change or put into practice in my life?
3. How can this passage strengthen my walk with God?
God wants us to continually study His Word for a deeper and richer understanding of all He has said and as a result can teach others in accord with sound doctrine. This is done with words and without words. Our lives are always modeling something…is it in accord with God’s Word?