Here are the notes from Sunday.
The text for this sermon comes from Proverbs 14:15. The title of this sermon is: Test Everything. This is week 7 in our Proverbs2 series.
The Bible makes it clear that the righteous person is one that is seeking wisdom. They are prudent. They fear God. The Bible also contrasts that with the fool. We are told that the fool constantly makes stupid decisions. The longer the person is in this foolish state, the harder it is to separate them from their stupidity. The fool is not only stupid, but they are simple minded.
Take for example the person who believes everything that they see, read, or hear.
We all at one time were foolish. We made foolish decisions or thought foolish things but by God’s grace, we grew up. We left foolishness behind in a quest to become more like Jesus.
What Proverbs is telling us is that there are people who never break out of their foolishness. This is sad but true. There is such a thing as a lifelong fool.
The simple believe everything.
The simple believe that everyone is inherently good. The simple believe that most people tell them the truth. The simple will believe anyone that says, God told me, or they hold a Bible when they talk. The simple do not believe that anyone would could possibly lie if they were talking about Jesus.
We are given the example of the Berean church in Acts. This is what Luke wrote about them in Acts 17:11 – Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
This is why there were men that died working to translate the Bible into the common languages that were spoken by the majority of the people. They wanted the people to see that a lot of what they were being told was not actually in the Bible.
Not everyone who dresses nice and holds up a Bible cares about your soul. They don’t care if you read the Bible or not in fact, they count on the fact that most people won’t read their Bible. That is how they can continue to spread their poison. They don’t give a crap if you ever grow as a disciple or progress in becoming more like Jesus. They won’t help you grow as a Christian but they sure will take your money.
If it smells like crap…
1 John 4:1-6
Study the Bible daily. Test everything.
Just because they wear a suit and carry a Bible does not mean they are telling you the truth. Just because they have a podcast, a website, a blog, or a TV show, or are on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube does not mean they are telling you the truth.
Just because LifeWay sells their books does not mean they are telling you the truth.
Just because it looks like a sheep and sounds like a sheep does not mean it is a sheep.
Just because it is a tree, does not mean that it bears fruit.
The Holy Spirit will work to help the word to stay rooted in us. He will affirm the truth. However, like a gardener, He also works to remove weeds that have taken root in us. The weeds have to be removed so that the truth can have something to hold on to.
Instead of just blindly trusting everyone you hear – test what you have heard, seen or read.
The more you find that someone’s words do not match up with Scripture, you know who not to trust. On the other hand, the more a person’s words do match up to Scripture, you have found someone that you can trust.
Build a foundation on Scripture.
The Bible is our highest authority.
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