How to Grow in Sound Doctrine
Sound doctrine takes time and discipline to grow. But with the right tools/resources, you will certainly grow in this area. Slow and steady wins the game ;)
Read the Bible for What It's Worth - The Bible includes everything essential God wants us to know for this life. It's our life-book. We should not take it lightly and read it like a magazine. I believe in taking our time to ponder and dwell on the passage verse by verse (ahem, hence the bite-sized Indwelt Bible Study Guide. Wink wink.) In addition, asking deeper questions will allow you to dig deeper and learn more about God. If you want to learn how to read the Bible for what it's worth - how to have more fruitful quiet time - be sure to sign up for our Bible Basics workshop. It's a free training that teaches you Bible-reading techniques so you can find out what God really wants to teach you through the text.
Footnotes & Cross References - Take advantage of the footnotes, cross references and summary sections in your Bible. They can be very helpful in giving you more understanding of the text. In addition, it's a good idea to invest in a Study Bible that gives even more information on the cultural and historical background of the passage. We've used The ESV Study Bible, The NIV Archaeology Study Bible, and The Apologetics Study Bible.
Read Commentaries - Commentaries have given me an in-depth look into the Word. They give me new insights and sheds new light on God and myself. A lot of commentaries are long and meaty so, as a busy mama, don't be afraid to pace yourself. Commentator Matthew Henry is my go-to (I read them on Blue Letter Bible), but I've also benefited from John MacArthur's commentaries.
Read Books Supported with Sound Doctrine - In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis makes it easy for readers to understand basic doctrines. Mark Driscoll also digs into the topic in his book Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe. These are great supplements to help us understand sound truth.
(If you prefer listening to a book rather than reading it, I recommend Audible. My husband has been listening to audio books through Audible for years. Based on your membership status, you get credits each month that can be used towards audio books. Here's the link if you wanna give it a try.)
Listen to Podcasts/Sermons Supported with Sound Doctrine - I like listening to podcasts when I'm driving. It's a great way to sneak some great teaching in to your every day. Some of the podcasts/sermons I listen to are: Revive Our Hearts, Donna Otto, The Gospel Coalition, The Village Church, Desiring God.
Ask Questions - No questions are stupid questions. Chances are what you want to ask someone has asked before. So don't be afraid to seek answers for questions that will strengthen your biblical knowledge. If you haven't already, I invite you to join our Facebook group Indwelt Women where you are welcomed to ask questions about the Bible, your walk with Jesus, marriage, motherhood... basically anything. It's also a safe space where you can share your joy and burden with sisters in Christ. Get inside the group for some daily encouragement now!
To read why it's important for moms to know sound doctrine, please visit this post here.