Sound Doctrine as the Attractive Adornment of Gospel

( [email protected] ) Feb 14, 2004 12:05 PM EST

WAKE FOREST, N.C. – According to Baptist Press, David Dockery, President of Union University in Jackson, Tenn. delivered a sermon on the importance of sound doctrine and ethics for the spread of Gospel at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on February 11.

Dockery went over the scriptures from Titus 2:1-10 and praised its teachings for challenging Americans to go against the notion of individualism and self-sufficiency which are so popular in American life.

"We have become lost in our own self-preoccupation," Dockery said, referring to the trend toward isolation of life in America today. "Titus 2 takes us in a very different direction than our culture."

Dockery also mentioned how the passage is helpful to both men and women congregation of today.

"Older women are to practice the presence of God and allow God's presence to permeate their lives," he said. "Christian men are to be committed to the standard of chastity before marriage and fidelity afterward. This standard is in sore need today."

He considered sound doctrine as a framework, which protects the church from becoming more secularized. At the same time he said as the gospel message can be positively reflected among others as Christians live properly following Christian doctrine

"Christian marriages and Christian homes beautifully commend the Gospel," he said. "Those who don’t (have a biblical world view) bring it into disrepute. Our lives, our teaching and our churches can either bring attractive adornment to the Gospel or they can detract from the luster of it."