Chapter 11 mirrors chapter 7 in that it serves as an interlude between scenes within the book and they both seek to reassure the reader of God’s protection.
Sound doctrine is gravely important for the church. The apostle Paul wrote,
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. . . . For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths (2 Tim. 2:15; 4:3-4).
Paul’s admonition to his protégée in ministry remains applicable for the twenty-first century preacher as well. Paul seemed to peer through the corridor of time and see doctrinal decline in the church. Doctrine is important for the church, yet it is often absent from the pulpit.