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A TWO-PART LESSON ON WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT OUR BEING DECEIVED

 
 

                            DO NOT BE DECEIVED (1)

 

Intro.

 
1. Deceive: “to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid”…”synonyms beguile, mislead, delude.” (Merriam-Webster)
 
a. Deceive – implies imposing a false idea or belief that causes ignorance, bewilderment, or helplessness <tried to deceive me about the cost>.
 
b. Beguile – mean to lead astray or frustrate usually by underhandedness; it “stresses the use of charm and persuasion in deceiving <was beguiled by false promises>.”
 
c. Mislead – implies a leading astray that may or may not be intentional <I was misled by the confusing sign>.
 
d. Delude – implies deceiving so thoroughly as to obscure the truth <we were deluded into thinking we were safe>.
 
2. There is a clear contrast & choice before us – 2 Tim. 3:12-17.
 
3. God repeatedly warns us! Do not be deceived by…
 
 
 
I. SIN – Heb. 3:13; Rom. 7:11; Jas. 1:12-16.
 
A. That It Satisfies Our Desires (Lusts) – Titus 3:3.
 
B. That It Gives Us Lasting Pleasure – Heb. 11:25.
 
C. That It Brings No Eternal Consequences – 1 Cor. 6:9-10 (Rom. 6:23).
 
D. That It Is Not Seen & Punished By God – Gal. 6:7-8.
 
 
 
II. THE ERROR OF FALSE TEACHERS – Matt. 24:3-5 (11, 24-25); 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 1 Jno. 2:26.
 
-“We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.” (Samuel Johnson)
 
A. That Their Teaching Conforms To The Faith – 1 Tim. 4:1.
 
B. That Their Teaching Comes From Christ (apostles) – 2 Ths. 2:1-3
 
C. That Nobody Can Be Sure About All Truth – cf. 1 Jno. 3:7 (Jno. 16:13; Jno. 8:32).
 
D. That They (teachers of error) Are Not Deceivers – 2 Jno. 7-10; 2 Cor. 11:3-4.
 
 
 
III. HUMAN WISDOM – Col. 2:8.
 
A. Persuasive Words – Col. 2:4 (2-3 – void of divine wisdom & knowledge).
 
B. Empty Words – Eph. 5:6. (fruitless: don’t be left “empty-handed”).
 
C. Smooth Words – Rom. 16:17-18 (“good” words & polished speech).
 
 
 
IV. RELIGIOUS FERVOR WHICH LACKS DIVINE APPROVAL – Col. 2:18-19.
 
-Testimonials, visions, experiences, emotionalism – Col. 3:17.
 
 
 
V. THE INFLUENCE OF EVIL ASSOCIATIONS – 1 Cor. 15:33.
 
A. Where We Live (people we live around – cf. Lot, 2 Pet. 2:7-8).
 
B. Where We Work – cf. Titus 2:9-10 (Col. 3:22-23).
 
C. Where We Play – cf. 1 Pet. 4:2-3.
 
 
 

Conclusion

 
1. Jesus warned us: “Take heed, that no one deceives you.” (Matt. 24:4).
 
2. We must heed His warning!
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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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ARE YOU BUILDING YOUR LIFE ON THE ROCK OR THE SAND? ARE YOU THE WISE MAN OR THE FOOLISH MAN?

                On What Are You Building Your Life?

Intro.

 
1. Prov. 4:7 (5-9) – Wisdom is the principle thing.
 
2. Jas. 3:13-18: Two choices: Wisdom from above is shown through its (our) good works (Earthly wisdom seen by its works, too).
 
3. Matt. 7:24-27 – A simple contrast between wisdom & foolishness that applies to everyone’s life. We are all building our lives on some sort of foundation that carries with it eternal consequences.
 
 
 
I. THE FOOLISH MAN: BUILDING ON SAND – 7:26-27.
 
-(This person hears but does not obey Jesus – cf. Jas. 4:17; Lk. 8:14)
 
-Some reasons for (ways of) not obeying Jesus’ words:
 
A. Rebellion – 1 Sam. 15:22-23.
 
1. By changing Christ’s words – 15:22; cf. 15:3, 9; Gal. 1:6-7.
 
a. Call evil good & good evil (Isa. 5:20).
 
b. When God’s commands of morality, true worship, godliness, etc. are changed in favor of human wisdom, rebellion occurs!
 
2. Disobedience is rejection of God’s word – 15:23; 13:13-14.
 
3. Today: Become a Christian; Separate from world; Treat spouse properly; Neighbor; children…….Are you rebelling?
 
B. Ignorance (cf. Eph. 5:17).
 
1. Leads to:
 
a. Error – Matt. 22:29.
 
b. Alienation from God – Eph. 4:18.
 
c. Sinful lusts – 1 Pet. 1:14.
 
2. No excuse for sin – Lev. 5:17. -Doesn’t remove the guilt of sin
 
3. Can be remedied – Acts 3:17, 19 – Repent & be converted!
 
-Study – learn – live
 
C. Apathy.
 
1. Spiritual indifference is punished – Zeph. 1:12; Matt. 24:48-51.
 
2. Serve the Lord with diligence – Rom. 12:11; Gal. 6:9.
 
3. Characteristic of one who hears but doesn’t obey Jesus’ words!
 
D. Ritualism.
 
1. Lip service – Matt 15:6-9 — Hypocrisy.
 
2. Hated by God – Amos 5:21-24.
 
E. Feelings.
 
1. Deceptive, yet comforting – Prov. 28:26 (14:12).
 
2. Feelings can interfere with righteousness – cf. Jas. 1:19-20.
 
3. Cf. Saul – Acts 26:9-11 (23:1; 24:16).
 
 
 
II. THE WISE MAN: BUILDING ON ROCK – 7:24-25.
 
A. The Rock of Obedience (Two Parts):
 
1. Hear the words of Christ – Lk. 8:8, 18 (Matt. 13:16, 23).
 
{Rom. 10:17; Jno. 6:44-45; Acts 17:11-12}
 
2. Do the words of Christ – Matt. 7:21; Heb. 5:9.
 
-Obedience is faith & love at work – 1 Jno. 5:1-4.
 
 
 

Conclusion

 
1. Prov. 10:25; 12:7 – The house of the righteous shall stand (cf. Rom. 1:16-17).
 
2. Jas. 3:13 – Are you building your life upon the sand or the rock?
 
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Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED”

“Crossroads of Life”

Intro.

1.  “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”  (Yogi Berra)

2.  We all stand at crossroads during our lives:  The paths we choose have life-changing effects (“Road Less Traveled”, Robert Frost).  Psa. 25:4-5

3.  Choices:  Josh. 24:15; 1 Kgs. 18:21; Jer. 6:16; 7:23-24; Matt. 7:13-14.

  a.  We become a product of our decisions:  Shape & mold us.

  b.  Choices of service; who / what we will follow; values; goals…

  c.  Our choices have eternal consequences.

4.  Prov. 4:26-27 – Ponder the path of your feet; avoid evil; choose right.

 

I.  THE PATHS BEFORE US Jer. 6:16 (42:3).

  A.  The Highway of Holiness Isa. 35:8 (difficult way, Matt. 7:14).

    1.  Path of life – Psa. 16:11.

    2.  Paths of righteousness – Psa. 23:3.

    3.  Paths of the Lord – Psa. 25:10.

    4.  Path of Your commandments – Psa. 119:35.

    5.  Every good path – Prov. 2:9.

    6.  The way of goodness – Prov. 2:20.

    7.  Right paths, Prov. 4:11.

    8.  He will teach us His ways…walk in His paths – Isa. 2:3.

    9.  The way of the just is uprightness – Isa. 26:7.

  10.  The way of peace – Isa. 59:8.

*11.  Choice:  Make straight paths for your feet – Heb. 12:13.

  B.  The Way of Destruction Matt. 7:13 (broad way).

    1.  The path of sinners – Psa. 1:1.

    2.  Devious paths – Prov. 2:15.

    3.  The way of the fool – Prov. 12:15.

    4.  The way of the unfaithful (transgressor) – Prov. 13:15.

    5.  The way that seems right – Prov. 14:12.

    6.  The way of the wicked – Prov. 15:9.

*  7.  Choice:  You should no longer way this path, Eph. 4:17.

 

II.  SOME CROSSROADS OF LIFE.

  A.  Will You Obey the Gospel & Become a Christian?  (2 Cor. 6:2)

    1.  Do you know you are a sinner?  Do you want to be saved?  Do you know only Jesus can save you? 

    2.  Which path will you take? – Acts 2:36-38, 41; 4:4; 8:35-39; or… Acts 13:45; 17:32

  B.  Will We Live in Sin or Above Sin? – Eph. 2:1-2; Rom. 6:1-2, 4-6

    1.  Moral crossroads:  1 Pet. 4:1-4.

    2.  Will we befriend the world, or God?  Jas. 4:4

    3.  Will we live under punishment or in eternal life?  2 Pet. 2:9-10; 1 Pet. 2:9-12

  C.  Will We Pay the Price it Costs to be a Disciple of Jesus?  Lk. 14:25-33

    1.  Will we choose truth of the gospel before:  Loved ones?  Personal advantage?  Promotion at work?  Pleasure?  Leisure?  Favor of others?

    2.  Self-denial at great personal sacrifice? – cf. Ezra 10:1-4

      a.  cf. MDR e-mail:  Repenting of an unlawful remarriage.

      b.  Repent of every sin!  (Cf. Corinthian church at crossroads:  2 Cor. 2:9; 7:9-11)

  D.  Will You Remember God when you are Young Eccl. 11:9-12:1

    1.  Your clothing, entertainment, respect for parents & elders?

    2.  Choosing your career:  Will you be a faithful Christian & promote righteousness?

    3.  In the person you will date & marry?  1 Cor. 15:33-34; Matt. 19:6

  E.  Will I Endure to the End Matt. 10:22; Heb. 10:36 (12:1); 2 Tim. 4:7-8

    1.  Don’t rest on past accomplishments to insure your present & future spiritual state.

    2.  When I get feeble in mind & body will I still do what I can?  (2 Cor. 4:16-18; cf. Psa. 71:16) Tit. 2:2-3

 

Conclusion

1.  Psa. 139:23-2423  Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;  24  And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.

2.  Jesus is the Way who guides our feet on the way of peace, light & salvation – Jno. 14:6 (Lk. 1:79; Jno. 8:12).

3.  Which road will you take?

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“PAYING ATTENTION TO THE WARNING SIGNS”

DO NOT BE DECEIVED (1)

Intro.

1.  Deceive: “to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid”…”synonyms beguile, mislead, delude.” (Merriam-Webster)

  a.  Deceive – implies imposing a false idea or belief that causes ignorance, bewilderment, or helplessness <tried to deceive me about the cost>.

  b.  Beguile – mean to lead astray or frustrate usually by underhandedness; it “stresses the use of charm and persuasion in deceiving <was beguiled by false promises>.”

  c.  Mislead – implies a leading astray that may or may not be intentional <I was misled by the confusing sign>.

  dDelude – implies deceiving so thoroughly as to obscure the truth <we were deluded into thinking we were safe>.

2.  There is a clear contrast & choice before us – 2 Tim. 3:12-17.

3.  God repeatedly warns us! Do not be deceived by

 

I. SIN – Heb. 3:13; Rom. 7:11; Jas. 1:12-16.

  A.  That It Satisfies Our Desires (Lusts) – Titus 3:3.

  B.  That It Gives Us Lasting Pleasure – Heb. 11:25.

  C.  That It Brings No Eternal Consequences – 1 Cor. 6:9-10 (Rom. 6:23).

  D.  That It Is Not Seen & Punished By God – Gal. 6:7-8.

 

II. THE ERROR OF FALSE TEACHERS – Matt. 24:3-5 (11, 24-25); 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 1 Jno. 2:26.

    -“We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.” (Samuel Johnson)

  A.  That Their Teaching Conforms To The Faith – 1 Tim. 4:1.

  B.  That Their Teaching Comes From Christ (apostles) – 2 Ths. 2:1-3

  C.  That Nobody Can Be Sure About All Truth – cf. 1 Jno. 3:7 (Jno. 16:13; Jno. 8:32).

  D.  That They (teachers of error) Are Not Deceivers – 2 Jno. 7-10; 2 Cor. 11:3-4.

 

III.  HUMAN WISDOM – Col. 2:8.

  A.  Persuasive Words – Col. 2:4 (2-3 – void of divine wisdom & knowledge).

  B.  Empty Words – Eph. 5:6. (fruitless: don’t be left “empty-handed”).

  C.  Smooth Words – Rom. 16:17-18 (“good” words & polished speech).

 

IV.  RELIGIOUS FERVOR WHICH LACKS DIVINE APPROVAL – Col. 2:18-19.

     -Testimonials, visions, experiences, emotionalism – Col. 3:17.

 

V.  THE INFLUENCE OF EVIL ASSOCIATIONS – 1 Cor. 15:33.

  A.  Where We Live (people we live around – cf. Lot, 2 Pet. 2:7-8).

  B.  Where We Work – cf. Titus 2:9-10 (Col. 3:22-23).

  C.  Where We Play – cf. 1 Pet. 4:2-3.

 

Conclusion

1.  Jesus warned us: “Take heed, that no one deceives you.” (Matt. 24:4).

2.  We must heed His warning!

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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