Why is Sound Doctrine Essential for a Christian’s Discipleship and Growth?- Answers for Pastors - March 22

Common questions from pastors answered by 9Marks ministry

Answers for Pastors

Why is sound doctrine essential for a Christian’s discipleship and growth?
 
Sound doctrine is essential for a Christian’s discipleship and growth because what we believe determines how we live.

A Christian will only grow in loving and worshiping God as he understands more and more about God’s holy character, and infinite power, and sovereign grace (1 Peter 1:16Hebrews 13:5-6  Titus 2:11-14 . We worship God because of who he is (Psalms 29:2). Therefore, the more we know about God, the more we will be inspired to worship him. 

A Christian will grow in holiness as he grows in understanding God’s holiness, the sinfulness of sin, the propitiatory work of Christ for all who believe, and the promise of Holy Spirit-given obedience (Isaiah 6:3;Romans 1:18Romans 3:21-261 Corinthians 6:19-202 Corinthians 3).

A Christian will grow in humility as he grows in understanding just how exalted God is above all creatures, and what a great offense sin is against God, and just how humble Christ became in order to save him from his sin (Isaiah 59:2Isaiah 55:8-9Philippians 2:5-11).

A Christian will grow in love for others as he grows in understanding how God has loved him in Christ (1 John 4:10-11).

A Christian will grow in sharing the gospel with others as he grows in his own understanding of the gospel.

A Christian will only be able to instruct other Christians as he grows in his own knowledge of the Scriptures.

The entire Christian life depends on sound doctrine: we can’t worship God or grow in holiness or serve others or share the gospel without it.

Find more great resources for church health from Mark Dever and 9Marks Ministries at www.9marks.org

About Answers for Pastors

At 9Marks, we write books, articles, and book reviews. We host conferences, record interviews, and consult with church leaders. In short, we do everything we can to help pastors, future pastors, and church members see what a biblical church looks like, and to take practical steps for becoming one.

Editors' Picks

  • What is Temptation in Christianity?
    What is Temptation in Christianity?
  • What is the Pentateuch? Summary of the Five Books of Moses
    What is the Pentateuch? Summary of the Five Books of Moses
  • Was Jesus Actually a Carpenter?
    Was Jesus Actually a Carpenter?