Doctrine simply refers to the ideas that you believe and teach. Everyone has doctrine. Even believing and teaching that doctrine is unimportant or divisive is a doctrine. Obviously, this is said only by those who do not understand what doctrine means.
According to Second Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” It is no wonder then that Mark 1:22 tells us that Jesus shared His doctrine: “And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.” And Jesus pointed out that what He was teaching was actually His Father’s doctrine (John 7:16). Jesus’ disciples continued the practice of teaching doctrine as described in Acts 2:42, which says, “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” The apostles’ doctrine was written in the letters known as and contained in the New Testament of the Bible. Their doctrine continues to be taught today by the disciples of their disciples who continue stedfastly in their doctrine.
Some believe and accept sound doctrine, which is Biblical doctrine. Acts 13:12 records, “Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.” However, not all are happy about Jesus’ doctrine and even less pleased that people accept His doctrine. Mark 11:18 says of Jesus’ doctrine, “And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.” Second Timothy 4:3 warns, “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.”
Yes, there is bad doctrine, and yes, there is bad doctrine that is said to be found in Scripture. Second Peter 3:16 refers to those who misrepresent Paul’s written doctrine saying that they, “… wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”
But counterfeit and twisted doctrine is to be expected in spiritual warfare. Second Corinthians 11:13-14 explains, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”
For this reason, proclaiming sound doctrine is all the more important. Titus 1:9 exhorts, “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.”
Sound doctrine is Biblical doctrine. It is expected of Christians to accept it, practice it, and teach it. First Timothy 4:13 admonishes to, “…give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.” And Second Timothy 4:2 exhorts to, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
God’s doctrine is good doctrine, it is Bible doctrine. Second Timothy 3:16 tells us that, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God….” And First Timothy 4:6 assures us that a good minister is, “…nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine….”
” No wonder then that Second Timothy 2:15 says: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Scripture studies will guide you through doctrine in passages of Scripture contained in a chapter, a book, sections, or in the entire Bible. Topical studies are doctrinal lessons derived from verses throughout Scripture dealing with one topic.