Bible answers to Your Questions by our Minister
"But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine" - Titus 2:1
1. Study the Word of God firsthand
The best way to understand the Bible is from our own study of the word of God. This is why the apostle Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 2:15 to "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth".
2. Corroborate every teaching with the Bible
I do not believe that anyone deliberately preaches what he knows to be false in order to deceive others when he may join his audience in hell. But be careful, we owe it to ourselves, like the Christians in Berea, whom Acts 17:11 tells us were "more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so".
3. Own your doctrine, don’t copy & paste another's
Since the Bible is our roadmap to heaven, we cannot take any chances by simply accepting another's doctrine, no matter how sincere or well-meaning he may be. I love Jesus' encounter with the unnamed Samaritian woman in John 4, especially at the point in John 4:42 when her friends "said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world".
Every generation of Christians has to re-examine the doctrines that we pass down to them and make it their own. Because if all we do is to blindly accept
the faith of our fathers, when the time of testing comes, we will not have a strong foundation.
4. Grow and be willing to change if necessary
For example, there are much discussion on marriage and divorce. I want to have the mind of Christ, to be a person after God's own heart, and to do what might honour and please Him. Life on earth is brief, but heaven is forever. I want to give up my rights so that I can give my honest answer to God in judgement, as every man must. In time, as I continue to grow in grace and the knowledge of God's word, so my interpretation may change.
The Bible tells us in Acts 18:24-26 of a preacher called "Apollos, knowing only the baptism of John... whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly".
I have devoted all my life to kingdom work. From the early age of 12, I was already involved in church activities. As the Lord enables, I look forward to serving His church with greater zeal, insight and effectiveness. I also know that there will be a day, perhaps sooner than later that I will no longer be
around. When that time comes, if the Lord delays His return, I pray that through my many years of nurturing, teaching and example, I will raise up
men and women who read the Bible for themselves, check every doctrine according to the word, so that they may embrace it, stand firm on it and exercise it with love, because 1 Corinthians 13:3 tells us that if we do "have not love, it profited nothing".