Titus 2:1 says to teach with sound doctrine. Doctrine means “teachings”, and you know the word “sound” is the key word in this passage from Paul to Titus the teacher. You also know it is the key word in this blog.
If you have been following this blog for even a little bit, you know that I encourage, endorse, and challenge teachers in Christian schools and home schools to incorporate the Bible into every subject. Yes, every subject you teach. It can be done. But make sure you do so accurately, and adhere to the sound teachings of the Bible, not something that skews away from it.
In our church, we just finished an expository teaching of the book of 2 Peter. I couldn’t help but relate Peters warning about false teachers and errant doctrine to this blog. Christian schools and home schools must be very diligent and discerning to make sure there is no false doctrine in schooling children.
Sound Doctrine must be adhered to. 2 Timothy 4:16 says “Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.” Watch your doctrine closely! Make sure you teach what you know yourself to be sound doctrine! Don’t waver from, or compromise sound doctrine! Those should be three sticky note reminders to all Christian school and home school teachers. Do that now, write each one on a note and put it in a place you will see it often. That is what Paul would say to Timothy today instead of “Take heed”.
You must adhere to sound doctrine when you incorporate scripture into the teaching of your subjects. Always ask and then verify if what you are saying about the Bible and its application to your discussion is correctly interpreted and not out of context. Is what you are saying about the Bible really what the Bible says. Paul continues telling Timothy why: you will save both yourself and the students who hear you. Let me put this plain and blunt: False or incorrect doctrine, even doctrine that is not wholly correct, is wholly wrong. And God calls that “destructive” and those that teach it are false teachers and their judgment is not idle and their destruction does not slumber in 2 Peter chapter ), and in verse 17 calls them “wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.”
Pretty scary isn’t it!? God takes adhering to and teaching sound doctrine seriously, and so should you, for your sake, and for the sake of your students as Paul said to Timothy. My advice is to not shy away from incorporating God’s Word into your subjects, but the contrary, don’t shy away even out of fear of getting it wrong, but be diligent to do so with prayer, verification of God’s Word, and help from the Holy Spirit, which He will do, it is part of what Jesus said He would do in John 14.