Define: Doctrine

Define: Doctrine




1) archaic: teaching, instruction
2) a: something that is taught
b: a principle or position or the body of principles in a branch of knowledge or system of belief: dogma
c: law: a principle of law established through past decisions
d: a statement of fundamental government policy especially in international relations
e: a military principle or set of strategies


Define: Doctrineholding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. (Titus 1:9)

We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. (Colossians 1:28)

In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following. (1 Timothy 4:6)

But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine. (Titus 2:1)

Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited. (Hebrews 13:9)

As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. (Ephesians 4:14-16)

But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, (1 Timothy 4:1)

“You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:
‘This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far away from Me.
‘But in vain do they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’” (Matthew 15:7-9)

If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence. (Colossians 2:20-23)


“If you cannot give the people fulness of doctrine like the profound divines of former ages, you can at least tell out what the Lord has taught you, and then ask Him to teach you more, As you learn, teach; as you get, give; as you receive, distribute. Be as the small rain upon the tender herb.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

“True hearts are not indifferent about falsehood, they grow warm in indignation: as they love the truth, so they hate the lie. Saints have a universal horror of all that is untrue; they tolerate no falsehood or folly, they set their faces against all error of doctrine or wickedness of life.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

Indifferentism about doctrine makes no heroes of the faith. ~ J Gresham Machen

“No man can rightly handle the doctrine of godliness, unless the fear of God reign and bear the chief sway in him.” ~ John Calvin

“Doctrinal preaching certainly bores the hypocrites; but it is only doctrinal preaching that will save Christ’s sheep.” ~ JI Packer

A Narrow-Minded Woman Articles

What is Doctrine?

False vs. Sound Doctrine

What is the Purpose of Sound Doctrine?

Where do we find sound doctrine?

Other References and Articles

Define: DoctrineTheopedia: Doctrine

Got Questions: What is doctrine?

Scott Swain: What Is Doctrine?

Scott Swain: What Is Sound Doctrine?

Table Talk: Drawing the Line: Why Doctrine Matters (July 2012)

Ligonier: Doctrine Divides

Robert Rothwell: Doctrine Applied

Bible Study Tools: Doctrine

Tim Challies: The Training Ground of Sound Doctrine

Tim Challies: What Is Doctrine and Why Is It Important?

R. Scott Clark: Non-Doctrinal Christianity Is Impossible

R. Scott Clark: Drawing the Line: Why Doctrine Matters

Daniel Doriani: How Do I Apply Doctrine Personally?

Michael Aitcheson: How Do I Apply Doctrine in My Community?

Jen Wilkin: How Much Should I Study Doctrine?

Augustine: On Christian Doctrine

Thomas Cranmer: Necessary Doctrine

John Hendryx: Love and Doctrine

John MacArthur: Doctrine Is Practical


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