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Sound doctrine + Sound mind = Sound church
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. ( Titus 1:9)
In our study of the book of Titus, we know that Titus was not just facing the challenges of pastoring believers in Crete, the church was also under attack of false teaching and heresy which caused ruins and divisions to whole households of God (Titus 1:10-11). Therefore, Paul instructed Titus to appoint leaders who held firm to sound doctrine to combat false teaching (Titus 1:9). Paul also encouraged Titus to teach the church according to the sound doctrine, so that they would be sound in faith, in love, and in endurance (Titus 2:1-2).
As disciples of Jesus Christ, it is important for us to hold fast to sound doctrine so as to counter false teaching and heresies that try to infiltrate the church to lead people astray. We should not be ignorant or indifferent to the Word of God. We need to have a sound mind and passion to study the Word of God in order to be a sound and healthy church. In view of this, we are excited and looking forward to the coming English Bible Seminar by Dr Lim Kar Yong from STM in August and the Chinese Bible Conference by Rev. Dr. Timothy Wu from Taiwan in September. Both invited speakers are well-known Bible teachers. I believe through their teaching, our understanding of God’s words will be truly widened and sharpened. I strongly encourage you to sign up for these two seminars to learn and to be refreshed by the Word of God. I cannot overemphasize the importance of reading and studying the Word of God in our daily life. I would like to encourage the whole church to hold on to our One Year Bible Reading Plan, now that we have come to mid-year. Regardless of your progress, whether you are behind or ahead, let us continue reading the Word of God. When we have a sound mind to understand the sound doctrine of God’s Word, we will become a sound and healthy church that glorifies God!
- Rev Ho Kee Chung