49.  What Is Sound Doctrine?

Yes, yes, a favorite subject of this website and SunGrist_Bible since of the five
purposes one of which is "Rescue Sound Doctrine".  Lest you think the subject has
been neglected you are referred to
the page on Doctrine, A_Page_on_Doctrine; you
are referred to the SunGrist Blog1 (you will find on the doctrine page a link to these
blogs) where many of the blogs deal with doctrine and one specifically on the
definition of sound doctrine; and you are also referred to the book offered on this
website for download or ordering entitled SOME SOUNDS OF SOUND FAITH.  
Please keep in mind that in the Bible "faith" in one of the primary usages of the word
faith is the same as "doctrine" or "teachings".

To give the simple yet complete answer to this question, it was answered years ago
by the Apostle Jude in the little book of Jude.  It is "the faith once for all delivered to
the saints."  (Jude 3)  And while that may sound trite, you need only think of the
vast groups of people who do not accept the Bible as the sole criterion for faith and
practice; and the equally large group of people like Mormons, Catholics, and
Charismatics, who look on Bible revelation as a continuing process with them at the
lead.  

This is only a gem for thought as you have with those listed references above only
started a journey that can lead you along in the seeking of God and His kingdom
and righteousness.

50.  What is the Bible on "faith, hope, and love"?

Yes, these three words and concepts are from the famous love {or charity which is
good because it implies love with legs} chapter of I Corinthians 13.  From volume 3,
"Believe and Be Baptized", of the LEARN CHRIST COMMENTARIES is quoted the
following about that chapter in context.

2.  The “More Excellent Way of Love”, I Corinthians 13.
“But earnestly desire the best gifts.  And yet I show you a more excellent way.” (I
Corinthians 12:31); and with this we come to the famous I Corinthians 13 of:
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels {well, this do allow for some
languages not known on earth as they are spoken in heaven and by angels,
although it does not make real are so-called speaking in tongues today which may
not be known either in earth or in heaven by anybody but the person and group that
made of the syllables}, but have not love....”  (I Corinthians 13:1)
While the purpose in the rest of I Corinthians 13 is to learn more wisdom on love
and the priority for love, even a better definition on love; as we go along we also
acquire more and more spiritual wisdom illumination on the gifts.  For example, we
see that “the gift of prophesy”, here which is more equivalent to preaching, has two
aspects:  (1) understanding of all mysteries, that is of revelations of Scripture; and
(2) all knowledge.  One of faiths largest measures is to get concrete results here on
earth to the extent of moving a mountain here on earth; giving of goods to the poor
is giving but self-sacrifice is more giving; and without love there is no profit with God.

There is much more in the book on "love" and the relationships between love and
faith as among the Spiritual gifts; and the larger subject of the volume 3 chapter and
the book of I Corinthians from God through Paul is the Wisdom of God.  I and II
Corinthians are often neglected in the Bible for thorough study, although two of the
largest and most helpful books of the Bible for spiritual understanding; thus in this
volume of the 14 letters from the Apostle Paul you will find several chapters on the
two Corinthians.  The Bible study of I and II are combined since there is some
subject overlap.  Please look at volume 3 of the LEARN CHRIST commentaries in
more detail.

In order that you might get some feel for the contribution of LCC to Bible study by a
study of in total context, the volume 3 commentary chapters  around I Corinthians
13.

CHAPTER 8        Skill in Understanding:  I Corinthians 141
8-1.  Our Bible Outline of chapter 2 and 3 on I Corinthians. 143
8-2:  Those Given the Grace of Understanding. 146
8-4:  The Nature of Spiritual Wisdom, I Corinthians 1:18-2:16. 150
8-5:  Extra-Biblical Revelations and the Anointing. 157
8-6:  The Wise, the Miracle-seekers, and the Wind-Bags. 163
8-7:  Wisdom on Apostles. 165
8-8:  Wisdom On Divisions and Contentious in the Church. 165
8-9:  Wisdom On Miscellaneous Church Matters {1,2,3}..., I Corinthians 1:16-17 165
8-10:  Wisdom and Conscience. 165
8-11:  Wisdom About the Falling Away. 165
8-12:  Wisdom on Spiritual Gifts. 165
8-13:  Wisdom on the Gospel, I Corinthians 15:1-58. 165
8-14:  “Believe” in the Letters of Paul Continued. 166
CHAPTER 9        The Wisdom of God, I Corinthians Continued 167
9-7:  Wisdom on Apostles. 167
9-8:  Wisdom On Divisions and Contentious in the Church. 170
9-9:  Wisdom On Miscellaneous Church Matters {1,2,3}... 173
9-10:  Wisdom and Conscience. 175
9-11:  Wisdom About the Falling Away. 175
9-12:  Wisdom on Spiritual Gifts. 178
9-13:  Wisdom on the Gospel, I Corinthians 15:1-58. 189
9-14:  “Believe” in the Letters of Paul Continued. 193
CHAPTER 10        The American Style 195
CHAPTER 11        The Ministry, II Corinthians 209

The Wisdom of God is the major subject of Bible discussion in I and II Corinthians,
with the sub-subject of "Wisdom on Spiritual Gifts", of which "love, faith, and hope"
are sub-sub-subjects; and such is the nature of Bible study in total context of the
LCCs.  So many of our problems today in churches and in the kingdom of Christ is
the lack of moderation that comes from taking verses and chapters out of context,
generating new life movements, churches, and rifts between churches.

51.  Tell me about the Free Online Bible survey?

Actually two online Bible surveys are being considered now:  one which might be
called "The Old Testament According to the New Testament", based on the many
quotes in the NT from the OT; and which is really a survey of the major topics of the
Bible in 12 study sessions, each on a power point presentation.  If you would like to
know more about it, and perhaps be among the first 10 to sign up, please go to the
SunGrist_Bible Seminary page.  Sometimes this survey of the Bible is called the
Magic Outline of the Bible, and is the basis for two of the LEARN CHRIST
commentaries,
volume 1 and volume 5.
The other being proposed since there has been so much interest expressed in
doctrine and sound Bible doctrine, is a survey course on Major Doctrines of the
Bible.  {Please see the book SOME SOUNDS OF SOUND FAITH.}

52.  Explain "exegesis" in the Bible?

Exegesis is reading the meaning out of the Bible originally recorded their by God
through Apostles and Prophets.  It is the opposite of isogesis which is God to the
Bible with our mind made up to read meaning into the Bible.  Many fundamentalists
and charismatics commonly practice isogesis in order to get the Bible to say what
they want It to say.  One good example was Adrian Rogers who preached a new
years message from the scripture "on the sixth day they went" in order to cover
everything he wanted to say about history during the year of 2000 and subsequent.
{It is often called "spiritualizing", but in reality is a lack of faithfulness to the Word of
God.}   Comparable exegesis would be to take a few verses like II Timothy 4:3,4 on
the Falling Away and preach straight down the line on all its phrases like:  (1) the
time has come when church members will not endure sound doctrine; (2) the
process of the HEAPING UP of Bible teachers and preachers {called by Christ
False Prophets} is evident from TV and pulpits; (3) popularity of preachers and
evangelists is now in the Falling Away a bad sign contrasted to American history
during the time of Billy Graham; (4) this is a grassroots church members movement
throughout the world where these members make their motivations more their own
desires than any Christ driven or Holy Spirit driven lives and churches; (5) it is
because the majority of preachers and church members now have the "itching ears"
for something new, novel,comforting; (6) church members and churches in mass are
now turning away the truth, like Christ said "as sin abounds, the love of many will
wax cold"; (7) being victims in churches like in the rest of the world of the Rising
Tide of the Flood of the Mystery of lawlessness and sin; and (8) church members
increasingly by denominations and whole churches and new church movements are
tunring into fables, sometimes only generating a few of their own scriptures but also
more Bibles.
Exegesis is just one of the rules for proper Bible interpretation which is called
hermeneutics.  It is really another way of talking about the standards the Bible lays
down for proper understanding like:  (1) exegesis; (2) spiritual understanding based
on the new birth and prayer with assistance from the Holy Spirit; (3) comparing
scripture with scripture; and (4) a desire to know and do the will of God.  A good
book on the subject, perhaps the best, is by Bernard Ramm, and entitled "The
Science of Biblical Interpretation".  You can also learn more about this in the "Skill
in Understanding" from I Corinthians in chapter 8 of volume 3 of the LCC.  You will
find the Table of Contents with more volume 3 product information
on the following
page.

53.  What is the Bible on Christian Apostles and Prophets?

In short, there is no real justification to call any man of today an Apostle or
Prophet.  All the Apostles and most of the Prophets, at least the Writing Prophets
which would exclude some good prophets like Elija and Elisha, were uniquely
chosen by God to write books of the Bible.  Only one Apostle, Judas Iscariot who
fell by transgression, did not write Scripture; and while the early church cast lots to
choose Mattias to take his place, the Ascended Christ was busy choosing the
Apostle Paul to write the majority of NT scriptures, 14 of the 27 NT books; and in
turn Paul through written manuscripts transmitted through Timothy to Mark and
Luke sponsored 3 more books of the NT.  (You can read more about this in the first
chapters of
volume 1 and volume 3 of the LCC.}  Granted the book of Acts is one
place translated very loosely, and with no other backup, to call apostles both
Barnabas and Paul.  Of course, many will remember the "prophetess" of the first
century in Acts who warned Paul to stay out of Jerusalem for fear of bondage; but
these are also first century exceptions.  Now "prophesy" on the other hand,
especially in Corinthians, is a word synonymous with speaking in the church or
preaching, which according to scripture is to be done, not for self-expression or self-
satisfaction, but in order to "exhort, comfort, or edify".
Study of Scriptures like Ephesians 4:11 in the larger context of the whole chapter
and the book of Ephesians, as well as other pertinent scriptures, allow you to see
that Christ Himself chose apostles and prophets, that it was an exclusive gift from
Christ to the church as evangelists and pastors and teachers; and when you add the
books of Peter as well as the whole Bible, you begin to comprehend that God chose
only a few Apostles and Prophets in order to write Bible.  Generally when someone
today has the presumption to take those titles for themselves it is in order that they
might have their communications listened to like Bible; and about the only times in
the Bible where other apostles and prophets are mentioned it is about "false
prophets" and "false apostles".  There is a good Bible discussion on this in chapter
1 of volume 1 of the LCC.  See the
volume 1 product page, the volume 1 TOC, or
you can
download chapter 1 of volume 1 in PDF format.

54.  What is a "child-like faith"?

Surely you are aware of the statement from Jesus that "unless you become as a
little child, you will not enter the kingdom of God" as the origin of child-like faith; and
that this kind of complete trust and simplicity in faith is demanded of all believers in
Christ regardless of their age.  For more on faith the reader is referred to
volume 2 of
the LCC, especially the chapter on "Faith and Faith Contending"; although the other
book of the Apostle John commented on in this same volume are also
recommended for more Bible research, the Gospel of John which has the stated
goal of writing many signs from Jesus in order that you might believe that He is the
Christ, the Son of God, the little epistles of John will more deeply describe faith.  
And of yes, you do not want to ignore the book of James where Pastor James
explains that "faith without works is dead".

55.  What does the Bible say about "defending your faith"?

It says the equivalent in the book of Jude, Jude 3, and I hope that you will read
carefully the whole book of Jude. It is very short, and among other things you will
find that there is no "your faith" there, rather it is "the faith once for all delivered to
the saints".  This is very important as we realize from the Bible that Christ and God
delivered through the Apostles and Prophets the faith or doctrines of the Christian
faith.  And yes, the context of Jude is a context to "contend for the faith", which is
the equivalent of defend your faith.
Now if you are speaking of "your faith" as in your own personal faith in the Lord
Jesus Christ, in God, or in the Bible, you also have in the scriptures of the Bible
many objective statements to support the benefits of salvation to you because of
your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, such as:  "And this is the record that God has
given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He that hath the Son hath
everlasting life".  This is from I John, and I hope you will also read this little epistle.  
Remember once again that this "your" personal faith in Christ is the same as all
who believe in Christ, and as such is just one of the major doctrines of the total
"faith once for all delivered to the saints."
Bible QandA page 14
Sounds of Sound Faith
A Page on Doctrine
The book SOME SOUNDS OF
SOUND FAITH deal with 10 of the
most major of major doctrines of
the Bible:  God, Christ, Holy Spirit,
Bible, salvation, faith, gospel,
assembly, Day of the LORD and
Lord, and the Falling Away.
A Page on this website called "A
Page on Doctrine" is an extremely
good introduction on sound
doctrine with links on the page to
the blogs, references to "The
Wound of the Unheard Doctrine",
perhaps the least heard of all
Bible; and to the SunGrist_Bible
product of SOME SOUNDS OF
SOUND FAITH, faith in one usage
of the Bible word meaning doctrine.