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Continue In Doctrine

2 Timothy 3:14  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;


Intro: Paul was challenging Timothy to continue in the things which he had learned and been assured of.  He listed many of those things in verse 10 and 11. Notice what he placed first on the list.  This was one of those “things” that he had learned and had been assured of…

  • But thou hast fully known my doctrine…


NOTE: The Bible mentions 3 kinds of doctrines:

Doctrines of Men – known by the fact it is not godly or helpful and is distracting

  • Mark 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
  • Colossians 2:22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
  • Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

Doctrines of Devils – blatantly denies or contradicts Scriptures

  • 1 Timothy 4:1;3-5 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

Sound Doctrine – known by the fact it does not please the ears!!

  • 2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;


A mature Christian will be sound in their doctrine.

The Bible uses the word doctrine 50 times in both the OT and the NT. It is important.

Of the 50 times, 21 of the times we see the word “doctrine” used, it is used by the Apostle Paul.

Paul used the word “continue” and “doctrine” in the same verse in:

  • 1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.


Look at the words of God:

  • Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
  • John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.


Let’s look at doctrine and the part it plays in a believer’s life and why we should CONTINUE IN DOCTRINE!


I. Continue in the Right Approach to Doctrine – it is essential to understand the importance of doctrine.

We are witnessing the very deterioration of sound doctrine in our churches, schools, Bible colleges, etc.

They are taking doctrine out of the song books, out of the new translations, out of the churches.

They are laying aside doctrinal differences for the sake of the “greater good”.

A. Sound Doctrine is Commanded

  • Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
  • Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
  • 1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
  • 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

B. Sound Doctrine is Commended

  • 1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
  • Titus 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

C. Sound Doctrine is Committed

  • Romans 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
  • 1 Timothy 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
  • 1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust,
  • 1 Timothy 1:3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,

D. Sound Doctrine is Controversial

  • Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
  • Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
  • 2 John 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
  • Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
  • Galatians 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

II. Continue in the Right Analysis of Doctrine

A. The Analysis must be Consistent – it can’t contradict other Scriptures

  • 2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

B. The Analysis must be Constant – must not change from day to day

  • Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
  • Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

C. The Analysis must be Cautious – Nowhere in the Bible does it encourage tolerance of false doctrines!!!

  • Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
  • Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines.


III. Continue in the Right Attendance to Doctrine – for the right reasons

  • 1 Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

The Wrong Reasons to Pursue Doctrine:

A. Not for Self-promotion – to look smart; study to show thyself approved unto God

  • 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 B. Not for Self-gratification – not to have a high opinion of your knowledge

  • 1 Corinthians 4:19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.
  • James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

 C. Not for Striving purposes – arguing, debates, fighting…

  • 2 Timothy 2:14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
  • 2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
  • I Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.


The Right Reasons to Pursue Doctrine

A. To shew thyself approved unto God

  • 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

B. To show growth and maturity.

  • Isaiah 29:24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.

C. To show others the truth.

  • 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
  • 2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.