“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.”
Being a believer means you have received Jesus into your heart. It also means that you’re now a part of a family.
In terms of belief, it means that you’re part of a family with singleness of beliefs, creed and doctrine.
1 Corinthians 1:10 says: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
What we intend to achieve through today’s theme is to help us understand what it means to have the faithful word of God committed to our trust.
The faithful word is simply known as the doctrine of Christ.
So what is a doctrine and why is it so important? It is a body of teachings revealing the position of a people, relating to a subject matter.
It is a tradition, a long-established or inherited way of thinking or acting.
The Apostle Paul in 2Thess. 2:15 says: “Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.”
God is more interested in us holding fast to the traditions of the Apostles than in us creating a new ‘revelation.’
As a Believer, you can’t afford to be indifferent about doctrine. In fact, the ‘anything goes’ kind of Christianity is in itself a doctrine, albeit a wrong one.
Titus 1:9 admonishes us to hold fast to sound doctrine and to exhort others to do the same. A stronger term than ‘hold fast’ is used in 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.”
We are to contend, to insist upon the faith that was delivered to the saints. We believe what the Apostles believe, and we emphasize what they emphasized.