May you be blessed this week. I hope that you are enjoying the daily videos in Proverbs. Leave your thoughts and comments on my Facebook page if you would like to share what you are getting from our daily studies. In today’s video, I asked if you would like to do another book of the Bible, so also please comment with the next book you would like us to study together.
Pastor James will be doing our sermon recap video tonight. I am looking forward to it.
Here are the sermon notes from Sunday:
This is week 1 in our Doctrine and Devotion series.
My hope for you during this series is that you become rooted and grounded in the faith as Paul explains in Colossians 2:6-14
To be rooted or established, there needs to be a foundation on which to build. So, we are building upon the foundation of Scripture.
We are told in James to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. You can say that you believe something but do something else entirely. What you believe determines what you do. I can point out the way to you but I cannot make you believe.
We believe that the Bible is our highest authority. It is holy, it is inerrant, it is infallible.
We believe that the Bible is the only sufficient, certain source of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience. In other words, the Bible tells us about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us how we are saved from our sins, and the Bible tells us what God expects from us in the form of obedience in light of the fact that we have been adopted into His family.
We believe John 1:1
We believe that Word is Jesus. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus spoke the universe into existence and through Him are all things held together.
There are some people that you will meet, that will proclaim that they believe in the Bible. They will tell you they love the Bible, they may tell you that they believe the Bible is sufficient for salvation and sanctification. But there is a cavernous gap between what they say and what they do. There is a huge disconnect.
If you say that you believe the Bible than you should be conforming to the image of Jesus.
Romans 10:9-13 salvation
Romans 12:1-2 sanctification
You cannot come into contact with this sword and remain unchanged. You are either driven to Jesus or you harden your heart and you run from Jesus. Every. Single. Time.
No one is left neutral.
I LOVE OUR CHURCH!
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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.
I LOVE OUR CHURCH!
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