Sabotaged by False Doctrine


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Sabotaged by False Doctrine

  1. Introduction
    1. There have been many times throughout the years, and I’ve learned a lot of things. I was taught the bible, line upon line, precept upon precept.
    2. I was taught a good word. When someone speaks something contrary to what God’s Word says, I know it right away because I’ve studied.
    3. With all of that being said, that doesn’t mean that I’ve learned everything I need to know, but it does tell me what I need to stay away from that can lead me or someone else astray.
    4. In my soul winning, going out into the community and talking with many types of people, many educated, some not educated at all, atheists, and God-haters.
    5. What has kept me all of these years is my continuing to study and saturate my mind with God’s Word. I’ve always wanted to be used of God in a very special way.
    6. I wanted to be a voice for Him. A voice to speak the truth. I’ve been in conflict and contended earnestly for the faith.
    7. I believe I am where I am today because of the position, the encouragement, and the calling that God has on my life.
    8. What is the calling that you have in your life? Do you have correct teaching? Do you have correct doctrine?
    9. Do you know the history, the spiritual content that it takes to sustain you, especially in this climate, this day and age in which we live?
    10. Are you sabotaged by false doctrine? Or do you just not care, or maybe you don’t feel it’s necessary to study, or you just want to drift through life on the laurels of “I’m saved and that’s enough.”
    11. I tell you, God hates this! Just study God’s word. Now let’s look into our study, Sabotaged by False Doctrine.


  1. What does it mean to be sabotaged?
    1. Sabotage is the destruction of property. It is also an act or process tending to hamper or hurt.
    2. The ultimate saboteur and the one who can influence you to sabotage your walk with God is none other than Satan. John 10:10: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. You can sabotage your spiritual growth with false doctrine, or you can choose to follow Jesus and His Word, and have abundant life as you walk with Him.


  1. What is false doctrine?
    1. Anything taught, that isn’t found in the word of God, is called false doctrine.
    2. False doctrines have been part of Satan’s attack on God and God’s people since Adam and Eve.
    3. Some of the most prevalent of false doctrines are worshipping Mary; Saying that Jesus Christ is not God; baptism by any means other than immersion etc.
    4. Some of the popular newer ones are: name it and claim it; God does not judge; live like the world to reach the world; and the prosperity gospel.


  1. Why do some people study for a while, then fall away?
    1. Here are some reasons people don’t stick with studying God’s Word.
    2. Lack of understanding
      1. Have you ever read a passage of Scripture that left you feeling very confused, and saying to yourself, ‘I have no idea what I just read’?
      2. Many Christians have this experience. Unfortunately, most will then decide that understanding the bible is too hard, and then stop studying it altogether.!
  • The bible was written in a 4th to 6th grade education. Before you study, pray this scripture:
  1. Psalm 119:125: I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.
  1. The next reason many stop studying God’s word is a Lack of Desire
    1. The less we read the Word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray.
    2. If this is the case for you, let this be your prayer. Psalm 119:36-37. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
  2. The next reason is plainly that it’s not a priority.
    1. If we stay so busy doing everything but studying the bible, we miss out on building our relationship with God and all the blessings and benefits that come with getting to know Him more.
    2. Jesus says this in Matthew 6:31-33: Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
  3. The next reason people stop studying, is a lack of discipline.
    1. Some Christians truly seek to spend time in God’s word, and have even tried to implement a regular bible study routine.
    2. Then at some point, their discipline and consistency begin to diminish.
  • Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
  1. Finally, people stop studying the word because they don’t want to be convicted or confronted with truth.
    1. The reason for not wanting to study the bible regularly that most Christians won’t readily admit to is that they don’t want to be convicted or confronted with truth.
    2. We don’t want to be confronted with our sin in our personal study, in conversation with others, or during a sermon at church, so we avoid the bible altogether just to avoid such confrontation or conviction.
  • Paul addresses this in Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
  1. Who has encouraged you to keep studying and pursuing to know as much of what God wants for your life and someone else’s?


  1. How do you know that your upbringing hasn’t been filled with false doctrines? Did you ever check to see what the pastor is preaching, or whomever it is that’s giving a teaching?
    1. It is important to note that just because someone says “thus sayeth the Lord” does not mean that every word they are giving is true. John tells us this in 1st John 4:1: Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. This is why it is so important to be studying God’s Word, to make sure that what you are hearing is correct.
    2. John goes on to tell us how we can know whether someone is speaking from God or not. 1st John 4:2-3: Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. The spirit of antichrist is in the world today, trying to keep people from coming to the saving knowledge of Christ, and living a life centered on His Word.


  1. Why did the Bereans constantly check those that were giving the word of the day to make sure they lined up with scripture and weren’t preaching false doctrine?
    1. Paul writes about the Bereans in Acts 17:11: These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Here is some important information we can learn from these people.
    2. They received the Word with readiness of mind. They weren’t sleeping, or thinking about other things. They weren’t looking at their phones. They received the word readily, and were focused.
    3. They didn’t just take what they heard as fact because the preacher said it. They searched the scriptures, to make sure that what they were hearing was accurate.
    4. Why did they do this? Because they wanted to know for sure, that they were getting the true Word of God.


  1. Who in the bible was preaching false doctrine and needed to be corrected?
    1. Jehoshaphat was seeking a word from God, whether to go with the king of Israel to Ramothgilead. The king of Israel gathered prophets that would bring a positive word, rather than the accurate word. 1st Kings 22:5-6: And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the Lord to day. Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king. This was not a true word from God, but a word that the king wanted to hear.
    2. Jehoshaphat pressed in and pursued a man of the Lord that would speak the truth. 1st Kings 22:16-17: And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the Lord?

And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the Lord said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in peace. The king was not happy with this word, but the false prophets were corrected, and a true word was given.


  1. The way the world is going today, do you feel that it is a necessity to study God’s Word, press in to be all you can be, to educate the world? Are you sabotaged? Are you preaching false doctrine?
    1. Do you feel it is necessary to study God’s Word? We read in Psalm 119:2-4: Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. If we study God’s word and apply it to our lives, we are blessed!
    2. Do you feel it’s necessary to press in and be all you can be? The bible says this in Hebrews 12:1: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Let’s all be diligent about God’s Word, and be all that God has called us to be in these last days.
    3. Are you sabotaged, or preaching false doctrine? God’s Word is powerful, and needs to be handled correctly. Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. If we mishandle the Word of God, it is like reaching up and grabbing a 30,000 volt line without being properly trained as an electrician.


  1. Story – Sithani’s Spoon
    1. As we’ve discussed, the way to ensure you are not getting into false doctrine, is to dig into God’s Word the bible.
    2. Here is a story of a couple that said they were studying God’s Word, but were they really. Here now is today’s closing story, Sithani’s Spoon.
    3. A wealthy family invited the pastor to their home and held a thanksgiving prayer.
    4. During the prayer, the pastor preached by emphasizing the importance of reading God’s Word (the Bible) daily.



  1. On this the wife of the rich Seth spoke in the middle… Yes, Pastor, we don’t even start our day without reading the Bible.
  2. We read the Bible every morning and evening. Reading the word of God gives us a lot of blessings.
  3. Hearing this, the Pastor smiled and ended the meeting with a prayer.
  4. The family immediately served food for the pastor in the same table and the food was on a beautiful plate and the pastor was given a golden spoon to eat with.
  5. All the utensils looked expensive and were shining. After eating the food, the pastor went to his house after they thanked him.
  6. But the mistress of the house (Sithani) was very restless. She Was looking for something for a long time. Seeing this, Seth asked “What are you looking for?”
  7. Sithani said “The spoon which was given to Pastor ji to eat is not being found.” Rich Seth said “No no he is a man of prayer…we should not doubt him!!”
  8. “Hey who else came after him who could’ve taken our spoon? … otherwise why is it not visible? I’ve seen the whole place, the spoon is not visible anywhere.”
  9. Seth said “Oh no problem, it is only a matter of a spoon, let it go” But Sithani was not being silent, saying “My spoon set got spoiled.”
  10. Seth couldn’t believe that the pastor could also do this… but no one was daring to ask the pastor.
  11. After about four months he again held a prayer meeting in his house and invited the same pastor to his house.
  12. As soon as the pastor came to his house and sat with Seth’s wife, she said, “Pastor, you do not mind but I want to ask you something.”
  13. The pastor said, tell what sister do you want to ask. Seth’s wife said to the pastor, “Since the last time you came, Pastor, I haven’t been able to get my golden spoon.”
  14. The pastor asked her, have you read the Bible today?? The woman said yes, we read the Bible twice a day. The pastor said “Will you open your Bible?”
  15. The woman said “Yes, I will definitely open it…”
  16. The pastor told that on that day he had washed the spoon after using it and kept it in the Bible of Sithani.
  17. So we can gather from this story that they hadn’t cracked open their bible for four months! They might have easily been sabotaged by false doctrine.
  18. If they had cracked open the bible to study it, they would have known what treasures were inside of it, including their golden spoon.


  1. Conclusion – 3 questions
    1. Do you have the right translation, or are you mixed up in a bag of who said what? It doesn’t really matter, you say. As long as I have some word, that’s all that matters.
    2. Are you just calling it good and done because you go to church, you mix yourself up with a bunch of people that never read God’s word, know nothing about God’s Word, never go soul-winning, never witnessing, just always looking for the fun and entertainment that the church has to offer?
    3. These are all good things, but when it comes to educating people, where are they? Where do they stand? Where do you stand?
    4. Ask yourself this question. In all of the messages we preach here at the Little House, have you learned anything? Are you absorbing the messages?
    5. Or are the lights on but no one home? Are you being filled with a cup overflowing with God’s Word, and are you applying it?



  1. Are you checking to make sure that the word of God that’s being preached is accurate and correct as the Bereans were in the book of Acts?
  2. Or are you plagued with the upbringing, not willing to change, not willing to hear the truth of God’s Word because of being blinded by men with great swelling words, enchanting and entertaining you, who stand in great reputation of themselves, but for those who are serious students who have studied God’s Word, God is not a respecter of anyone, only those who obey him, follow him, know him and know the difference between man’s teaching and the God-breathed Word. Iask you today, do you fall into this category? Or do you feel you might be sabotaged by false doctrine? R
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Corralled by Corruption

  1. Introduction
    1. I remember some time back around 1998 that there was a great movement between the fundamentalists, Pentecostals, Church of God, and Holiness movement.
    2. It seemed that all were at odds with each other in respect to God’s Word, but basically it wasn’t just God’s Word. There was corruption in the teaching.
    3. Man’s teaching. I remember this great bashing of fundamentalists towards Pentecostals, believing they were unsaved because of their speaking in tongues, slain in the Spirit, and loss of salvation.
    4. It was very troubling at the time;. It seemed like all the fundamentalist churches were trying to ward you away from anyone outside of who they were.
    5. I was a fundamentalist. I chose not to go in this way. I didn’t feel it was God’s way. I personally was considered to be a compromiser.
    6. Abapticostal if you might say because I associated myself with the “opposition.”
    7. I felt so strongly that the corruption was coming from man’s teaching and all of their traditional standards.
    8. It was stifling anyone that didn’t line up with their man-made teaching. I wasn’t going to be corrupted nor was I going to be persuaded.
    9. Nor was I going to compromise what I knew to be the truth. There was a lot of misinformation back in those days. A lot of hard nose stands.
    10. Today I’m thankful that I continued on the path that I was on. It was God’s path.
    11. The bible says this inProverbs 16:25: There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
    12. I would not then and will not today follow the traditions of men, knowing that God came to die for each and every man.
    13. If you’re studying God’s word you’ll know God’s word. It will keep you sound in doctrine, spiritually and historically. Now let us look into this study today, corralled by corruption.


  1. If I had to ask you what corruption is, what do you believe it to be, spiritually or non-spiritually?
    1. We have these definitions from the AV-1611 Bible Dictionary.
    2. Depravity; wickedness; perversion or deterioration of moral principles; loss of purity or integrity.
    3. Debasement; taint; or tendency to a worse state.
    4. Impurity; depravation; debasement; as a corruption of language.
    5. Matthew 7:17-18: Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.


  1. In the spiritual life that we lead today, we can be led by the Spirit and sound in God’s Word, and not allow corruption to come in, steal, kill and destroy the love and intent for all mankind, especially for those who may be a little bit different in their teaching and doctrine.
    1. If you are led by the Spirit, you will be sound in God’s Word. We see this inJohn 16:13: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He is called the Spirit of Truth. He will guide you into all truth, which is the Word of God.
    2. God’s Word is true from beginning to the end.Psalm 119:160: Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endurethfor ever. If we are studying God’s Word, corruption will not be able to come in, because we’ll be able to detect it immediately.
  2. Who in the bible was filled with corruption?
    1. In the time of Noah, all of humanity was filled with corruption.Genesis 6:5-6: And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. Jesus said that in the time of the end, it will be just like the days of Noah. We see that today more and more.
    2. Judas Iscariot, being a devil as Jesus said, was full of corruption!John 6:70-71: Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve. Judas was full of corruption, and went to the bottomless pit, from where he will ascend to be the Antichrist in the tribulation period.


  1. What disciples in the bible were changed and turned around from being corrupt, to being sincere Christians?
    1. Peter was corrupt in that he tried to keep Jesus from the cross.Matthew 16:21-22: From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes,

and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. Peter was corrupt, trying to keep the plan of God from being carried out.

  1. Peter later denied the Lord.Matthew 26:74: Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
  2. Peter was restored, and became a sincere Christian, used mightily by God.John 21:17: He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Just as Peter denied the Lord three times, Jesus asked him if he loved Him three times.


  1. Who in the Old Testament Patriarchs was corrupt andGod straightened them out?
    1. Jacob was corrupt in the beginning, in that he stole the blessing from his brother twice. Here is one of the occasions.Genesis 25:31-33: And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. The other time was when Isaac was close to death and wanted to speak a blessing over his firstborn. Jacob tricked his father into giving him the blessing.

  1. After this, Jacob left home, and started a journey that God would use to straighten him out and make him the leader of the nation of Israel.Genesis 28:2-4: Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughers of Laban thy mother’s brother. And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people; And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham. Jacob wasn’t immediately free of his corruption, but over time as he walked with God, he got straightened out.


  1. You and I live in a world today filled with corruption. What does God’s Word say about abstaining, confronting, and stabilizing yourself in God’s Word to withstand not only the wiles of the devil but the corruption of the world?
    1. God’s word tells us we are to abstain from all appearances of evil.1st Thessalonians 5:22: Abstain from all appearance of evil. That means don’t do anything that even looks like it might be evil.
    2. What God’s Word has to say about confronting is this.Jude 1:3: Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. God wants us to know His Word so we can share our faith, and defend it against enemy attacks.
    3. Part of the armor of God is the sword of the Spirit, God’s Word.Ephesians 6:11: Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. God’s Word is quick and powerful, and if you are studying it, you can adequately wield your sword against the wiles of the devil, and the corruption of the world.


  1. Have you been corrupted and corralled by negative thinking, negative judgments without any content or facts?
    1. If you are corralled by negative thinking, keep this scripture in mind. Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Let your thoughts, what you listen to, watch, or read be filtered through this verse. When you do, your thinking and judgment will be less corrupted.


  1. What was Jesus’ answer to the Pharisees when they tried to bring corruption to him? What was his demeanor? What was his word to them? How did the word subdue their wrath?
    1. A good example to look at is when they brought the woman caught in the act of adultery. Let’s look at John 8:4-9: They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
    2. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. Jesus countered the Pharisees’ attack by quoting scripture. Not a portion of a verse, but the whole verse.
    3. Jesus was writing the Old Testament law that they were trying to use against him.Leviticus 20:10: And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. By only bringing the woman, they were violating the law.
    4. His word to them was “Let him that is without sin cast the first stone.” They all dropped their stones and ran when they heard His Word. He showed that it was they who were corrupt, and they were convicted.


  1. Story – Warning: Restoration in Process
    1. No one could see what Tim saw in that old house. They saw brokenness; he saw potential.
    2. They saw chipped paint, falling gutters, and a leaky roof–not to mention dirt everywhere and enough cobwebs to catch an ant farm.
    3. He saw the builder’s original intent–and what that house could one day be.
    4. Others couldn’t understand why Tim worked hour after hour, nailing in broken pieces, sanding down the chipped paint.
    5. His hands often got splinters or ached from his labors, but he didn’t stop. He spent lots of money, but he didn’t care.
    6. He saw not what was, but what would be–and that house had been made to shine.
    7. You see, Tim knew something the others didn’t. He knew what the house had been built to be…because he’d built it!
    8. A terrible disaster had destroyed the home many years back, but Tim wouldn’t give up on that old house.
    9. It took years–one could even say a lifetime–but one day others saw it too. No one could recognize in the elegant mansion the once forsaken home.
    10. Philippians 1:6: Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
    11. 2nd Corinthians 5:16: Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
    12. God is in the business of restoring what sin and corruption has ruined.
    13. In Christ, we’re new creations but we still often look like a messed up version of what God intended.
    14. If you are corralled by corruption, keep drawing close to God. Keep studying His Word. Keep praying and worshipping.
    15. You, like this house, will become exactly what God had intended.


  1. Conclusion
    1. Have you been corrupted by false doctrine?
    2. Over the years as a Christian have you been corrupted by negative and judgmental teaching?
    3. If you were to evaluate yourself, where are you in light of this message? What would you hope that people would think of you. Would you be negative judgmental, opinionated or would you be accurate based on God’s Word?
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Why Are We Deceived?

  1. Introduction
    1. Throughout my Christian walk, I’ve journeyed on with many different Christians.
    2. As far as I can see, and what I truly believe, many churches are more concerned with having the people stay and be a part of their church and program, than they are about indoctrinating people with the Word of God and also being led by the Spirit.
    3. John 12:48: He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
    4. Romans 8:14: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
    5. From the time I’ve been a Christian since 1981, I’ve discussed with more Christians about the principles of God’s Word and how our lives should be led as an example to others so they can be encouraged to know that someone else who is close to them is standing on a firm foundation.
    6. You and I should always be an example to each other, and be encouraging each other,


  1. not just drifting through life knowing a couple of scriptures and when all hell breaks loose trying to use one or two scriptures to justify the means that really doesn’t have any means or an end result.
  2. Maybe I’ll re-think that last thought and say there is an end result. It’s a life of complacency inconsistency, incompetence, irresponsibility, unreliability, and going nowhere.
  3. Christians we have to rise up today more than ever to take our rightful positions to stand for the truth. John 8:32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Not only will the truth set you free, but those who are standing with you.
  4. We can’t just be passive, one that says “whatever”. We must be saying “however.” We must stand for truth. Ephesians 6:13: Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
  5. There are people who have been Christians for 30-50 years and drift through life knowing nothing about God’s Word, knowing not how to win a person to Christ which is the most important thing,



  1. They are too afraid to say something because of embarrassment, but really the embarrassment is to Christ because they won’t stand, because they allow their emotions to supersede the Spirit of God that dwells within you that encourages you to step out and to be all you can be.
  2. The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Jesus said this in Matthew 26:41: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
  3. New Hampshire has a motto “Live Free or Die”. Freedom has been provided for us. We either liveand share the gospel, or many will die in their sins,
  4. Let us now look into our message today, why are we deceived?


  1. What is Deception?
    1. The word deceive has the following definition.
    2. To mislead the mind; to cause to err; to cause to believe what is false, or disbelieve what is true; to impose on; to delude.
    3. So deception is any information or teaching that causes one to err and to believe what is false, or to not believe what is true.


  1. Why are people deceived?
    1. They may not have been born again and had the scales fall from their eyes. Paul talks about them this way in 2nd Corinthians 4:4: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. When someone finally does believe and turn to Christ, the scales fall off their eyes and they can better understand God’s Word.
    2. Another reason people are deceived is that they may not be studying the Word. 2nd Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Those that don’t study are easily deceived, and are not able to rightly divide the word of Truth as we all should do as Christians.
    3. They may just hear a message, and believe what is said because it sounds good, but they don’t check it out against scripture to see if it is accurate. Acts 17:11: These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
    4. We’ve discussed the Bereans before. These people were not deceived because they didn’t just take what they heard as truth. They checked it out in scripture.


  1. Who is trying to deceive them?
    1. The one who is ultimately deceiving people is Satan, the Devil. Here’s what Jesus had to say about the Deceiver. John 8:44: Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. The Devil doesn’t wantyou to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, get born again and live a life of service to Jesus! He will do anything to keep you sidetracked from God’s Plan.


  1. Why do they deceive themselves?
    1. They may engage in self-deception out of anxiety, neediness, desire, or other powerful emotions. If you fall into this category, the bible says this in Philippians 4:6: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. You can cast those needs, desires, and anxieties before the Lord and let His Word clear away any deceiption that came with those things
    2. As humans, we have emotional attachments to many beliefs, some of which may be irrational. Paul gives us this warning in Ephesians 4:14: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Your beliefs must line up with God’s Word. If they do not, you are deceiving yourself.
    3. As we studied in James, we are also deceiving ourselves if we just hear the word and do not do it. James 1:22-23: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: I don’t want to stand up here and give a message, and have you not applying it to your life. Think about what we’re studying here, and apply it to your life.


  1. Why do they deceive others in the process?
    1. They really don’t know God, and they don’t stand for truth. We see this in Jeremiah 9:3: And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the Lord.

Those that don’t know the Lord and are deceived, are likely to spread that deception to others.

  1. Some who are deceived, have heard the truth of God’s Word, but twist it into a lie. Paul says this in Romans 1:25: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. Paul is speaking of a person who is both deceived, and is deceiving others.


  1. Is it enough to say “I’m saved”? Is it enough to say “I believe and have faith?”
    1. You can say “I’m saved” but Jesus said we will know our brothers and sisters by the fruit they bear. Matthew 7:20: Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Is your life showing that your salvation is genuine?
    2. You can say that you believe, but the devil himself believes. James 2:19: Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. Just believing doesn’t cut it. Your life should demonstrate your beliefs.
    3. Do you show your faith by your works, or do you just say “I have faith”?James 2:18: Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works,

and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Our good works are done out of gratitude, and demonstrate that our faith is true.


  1. Are you truly living for Christ?
    1. Are you picking up your cross daily? Luke 9:23: And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Living for Christ involves denying our own desires, interests, and agenda to follow after Jesus and His Desires for your life, and the lives of others.
    2. Are you praying regularly? Philippians 4:6: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Don’t be full of care about anything, but pray about everything, giving thanks along with making your requests to God.
    3. Are you regularly attending church and being a part of the church? Hebrews 10:24-25: And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. We go to church to worship God, receive God’s Word, and let it provoke us to good works.  This is Very important in these last days.
    4. Are you spending time regularly in worship? Psalm 91:1: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. That secret place is God’s Presence. You should have a time every day when you are alone with God, not only praying and reading, but worshipping Him. He deserves our praises Amen?


  1. Who in the bible was deceived and lost their lives?
    1. Ananias and Sapphira were deceived, and were trying to deceive the Apostles into thinking that they had given the whole price of the property. Acts 5:3-5: But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. Both Ananias and Sapphira lost their lives as a result of deception.


  1. Who in the bible was deceived and then redeemed?
    1. Apostle Paul was deceived at first. He thought he was doing God a favor by going after the Christians. Acts 9:1: And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

Saul, who became Paul, was on his way to Damascus seeking authority to go after more Christians, but on the way, he was redeemed and became a great voice for the Lord.


  1. Who in the bible went astray, and then found favor with the Lord?
    1. A great example of this, is the Prodigal Son. He had asked for his share of the inheritance, went and squandered it all. Let’s look at how his father responded to him when he came back. Luke 15:20-22: And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: Just like the Prodigal, if you have gone astray, you too can come back, and your Heavenly Father will run to you with open arms.


  1. What can you do to get off the maddening course?
    1. Make sure you’ve truly accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and are born again. 2nd Corinthians 13:5: Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? We’ve learned at one of our recent Thursday night services that God’s Word is a mirror. Just as you look in the mirror when shaving or combing your hair, look in the mirror and make sure you are truly a born again child of God.
    2. Ask the Lord to search your heart, whether there is any area where you are deceived. Psalm 139:23: Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: He knows our hearts and His Spirit can illuminate any area where we need correction.
    3. Allow God to transform you as you yield to Him. Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Are you letting God transform you? Is your life a living sacrifice every day?


  1. Are you able to change? Are you able to let God change you? If your answer is no, I believe your salvation is questionable. You can say “Pastor Wayne, you’re judging.” 2nd Timothy 4:2: says Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. But when I look at the world and the Christian world and where it is today, it’s not free. The rope is getting tighter. There’s more complacency, less unity, more individualism, more independence, and so much more self-reliance.


  1. Story – When Sheep Go Astray
    1. The writer of the story says, “Sometime around 4 years ago, God used what I was going through to give me a big wake-up call!”
    2. Thanks to the Great Shepherd for seeking His lost sheep and helping to restore me.
    3. If you have gone astray remember The Great Shepherd, Jesus leaves the flock to seek you. He loves you that much!
    4. When Sheep Go Astray they can get lost easily. They will gain more and more wool and it will weigh them down. Just like a sheep who gained around 90 pounds of wool that had to be sheered when he was found.
    5. We as Christians do the same thing, we go astray from God’s Will. We often call this a Backslidden Christian.
    6. We will often wonder from our flock and easily get lost and into the world just like the lost sheep. We’ll get into things like sin and the sin will weigh us down.
    7. The good news is the Good Shepherd will leave the flock to search for the one lost sheep. Remember none is seeking God (Romans 3:11), God is seeking us.
    8. There is no greater love than one that lays down their life for another (John 15:13). Jesus Christ.
    9. Not only will the Good Shepherd be wiling to risk his own life for the sheep. He will go seeking the one lost sheep.
    10. He knows the lost sheep is helpless on its own. It knows it cannot do anything without the shepherd.
    11. Just like us we cannot do it on our own, but we need the strength of God. (Philippians 4:13)
    12. He will make sure you are protected from the wolf. The wolf here is the devil.
    13. The Wolf can come as a wolf in sheep clothing, being a false teacher to make you think he is the one.
    14. The sheep knows the voice of the shepherd. This is a good reason to stay in the Word of God too so you will know the voice of God.
    15. Plus, God knows each and every one of His sheep by name. He cares and loves these sheep.
    16. But that one that goes astray, the Good Shepherd will go and seek that lost one. When he does, he will treat it if it has wounds.
    17. It it cannot walk, the Good Shepherd will carry it back to the flock. He will take care of and tend to it. Christ does the same to us. He will tend to us.
    18. He will treat us and heal us. If we gained 90 pounds of sin (wool). He will sheer us and get that off us.
    19. This sheering is a way of correcting us and also to show our sins are forgiven. When you go astray from God, He will seek after you.
    20. We are the ones that turn away from Him. that get away from the flock you can say.
    21. God cares for us and doesn’t want us to stay in that condition or lost. He knows that the devouring wolves are seeking us. He wants to come get us and restore us.
    22. The old saying is so true, “I once was lost but now I am found!” I am glad to have Jesus Christ as my Good Shepherd.


  1. Are you willing to change and let God change you. I have three questions for you today.
    1. Do you know who Christ is?Do you know why he saved you?
    2. Are you living the fruitful life that everyone can see who doesn’t know Christ?
    3. Or are you just going along with anybody and everybody that makes you feel good?
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When is there No More Forgiveness?

  1. What brings us to asking this question?
    1. We recognize our sins and shortcomings. Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; None of us are perfect. We all sin, and need God’s Forgiveness.
    2. We recognize our inability to change in our own strength. Romans 7:16-17: If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Even after becoming saved, we battle with the sin nature, and continually need to repent and ask forgiveness.


  1. What is Forgiveness?
    1. Forgiveness is defined as the letting go of sin. In the Bible. This includes forgiving everyone, every time, of everything, as an act of obedience and gratefulness to God. It acknowledges the sacrifice God made through His Son Jesus who died to restore the relationship between God and man.


We read in 1st Timothy 2:5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. We also read in 1st John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

  1. How does this apply to you and me?
    1. We all need to receive God’s Forgiveness. Ephesians 1:5-7: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; We all need to trust Jesus to forgive us, and adopt us into His family. Before coming to Christ, we are at enmity with God. Now as Christians we receive His Forgiveness and are family!
    2. We all need to forgive one another. Ephesians 4:32: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Out of gratitude for what God has done for us, we should extend forgiveness to other people.

The good news is that He can enable us to do this as we yield our lives to Him.


  1. Who in the bible needed forgiveness?
    1. King David: After being confronted about his adultery with Bathsheba, he wrote this: Psalm 51:1-3: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. He knew only God could cleanse him of his sin. Later in this chapter he asks God to restore the joy of his salvation. He had consequences for his sin, but he received God’s Forgiveness and restoration.
    2. Peter: Luke 5:8: When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.  for he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:  Peter came face to face with the miracle working power of Jesus, and his first reaction was to recognize his own sinfulness and need of salvation.



  1. Mary Magdalene: Luke 7:47: Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. Though we don’t know exactly what her past was like, we know Mary had lived a sinful life, and was forgiven much. Because of that, she loved Jesus and was sold out to Him.


  1. Who do we need to forgive? Ourselves or others?
    1. We do need to forgive ourselves. Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Sometimes we can be harder on ourselves than we are on others who have wronged us.
    2. We are also called to forgive others. Matthew 6:12: And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. That’s in the Lord’s Prayer. If we want to experience God’s Forgiveness to us, we need to forgive others.


  1. What did Jesus say about forgiveness and who we need to forgive?
    1. Jesus said we are to forgive not seven times, but seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21-22: Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?

till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until 70 times seven.  In other words, if we truly forgive, we are not keeping count.

  1. Jesus says this in Mark 11:25: And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. We are reminded again here that our forgiveness from God is connected to how we forgive others.


  1. Conclusion
    1. Ask yourself this question: Have you forgiven yourself for things that happened in your life? Have you forgiven others who have wronged you?
    2. Has it been a while since you’ve felt the love, peace and presence of God in your life? Maybe there’s someone you have withheld forgiveness from. Ask God to search your heart and He will show you.
    3. In answer to the question we started with, “When is there no more forgiveness”, I would say this: As long as you are alive and breathing, you can find forgiveness. Jesus says this in John 6:37: All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
    4. Have you come to Jesus and given your heart and life to Him? If not, let’s get that taken care of today.
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Can God Keep Us Until The End?

  1. Introduction
    1. You and I many times (at least I know I ) have asked the question can God keep us until the end? I remember when I first became a Christian, I wrestled with this, being a novice in the Word. It’s hard to understand when you’re coming from the world, and joining God’s World. It’s a whole different mind set and way of thinking. As I began to press into God’s Word, and study, I began to see not only the world changing around me, but how I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God could keep me until the end.  You and I will always face ups and downs, ins and outs, twists and turns, tornadoes and storms, seeming like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. The one thing I know is that when I asked Jesus to be my own personal Savior, he would secure me until the end. I realized I wasn’t working my way to Heaven and that there was nothing I could do to earn my salvation. In return I had to accept the free gift and the thought is sometimes is just too simple. The reality is that it is just that simple.  How about you? Have you thought like I did? Maybe you thought something different.
  2. Can God truly keep us until the end? Here’s what the Word of God says.
    1. Psalm 94:14: For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance. When you came to Jesus Christ, you joined the Family of God. You are His Inheritance. You are His People. He will never cast you off or forsake you.
    2. Deuteronomy 31:8: And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed. Here again we see that God is with us and goes before us. He will never fail us. We don’t have to fear. Take this promise to the bank.
    3. John 14:18: I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Jesus is as close as the mention of His Name. Just call upon Him and He will answer.
    4. James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. God doesn’t change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.




  1. What must I do to be saved or redeemed from the world in which we live?
    1. You must be born again. You must ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart and be your Lord and Savior. John 3:3-6: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit When we call upon Jesus to come into our hearts, His Holy Spirit comes in and brings our dead spirit to life.
    2. Realize that you are not your own. You’ve given your birthright to Jesus. Your life from this time on should be lived according to His Will, and not your agenda. Romans 12:1-2:I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
    3. God wants us to be different from the rest of the world. He transforms us as we read His Word and pray. Romans 12:2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


  1. Can God take away your salvation? What does He say about this?
    1. Did you know that the Holy Spirit is referred to as a dove, and doves mate for life? Ephesians 4:30: And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Once you have given your heart to Jesus Christ, you are permanently sealed as one of His Own.
    2. John 6:37: All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. This is Jesus speaking. If you came to Him, the Father gave you to Him, and in no way will He cast you out.




  1. Some people say there’s no God. How do I know this isn’t true?
    1. The Bible has strong words for those who say there is no God. Psalm 53:1: The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
    2. I don’t know how anyone can see all that is around us and not believe in God. Psalm 19:1: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. All of nature shows us there’s a God. Everything has a purpose. Everything is designed for a reason. This just didn’t happen randomly.


  1. Where will I go when I die?
    1. For all of us, unless we go up in the rapture, we have an appointed time when we will die, and then go before the Lord for judgment. Hebrews 9:27: And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: In a minute we’ll discuss the two kinds of judgment we will face.
    2. For the Christian, we have the assurance, that once we pass from this life, we are with the Lord.



2nd Corinthians 5:8: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  What a glorious day that will be.


  1. What judgment will I go to as a Christian? What judgment will the unsaved go to?
    1. As a Christian, you and I will go to the Judgment Seat of Christ. 2nd Corithians 5:10: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. This is where we will be judged for what we should have done but didn’t. Missed opportunities, times we didn’t obey the call of God.
    2. For those who reject the salvation offered through Jesus Christ, they will go to the Great White Throne Judgment. Revelation 20:11: And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. This is where their lives will be reviewed. Their names will not be found in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and they will be cast into the Lake of Fire.



  1. Is faith enough to keep me?
    1. We are saved by grace through faith. Ephesians 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Even the faith itself is a gift of God. This shows we are completely dependent on God for salvation.
    2. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Believing is the first step in the Christian walk. We must have faith, because on our own efforts, we can’t even reach God.
    3. Once we have put our faith in Christ, we do good works out of gratitude for what He has done. We show our faith by our good works. James 2:18: Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. If you aren’t doing anything for God, you might not have much faith. We show God and the world our faith by the works we do for God.



  1. What will Heaven be like when I get there?
    1. He’s preparing a place for you. There’s a mansion with your name on it. John 14:2-3:n my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
    2. He will give you a glorious body like His Own. There’ll be no sickness, no arthritis, bursitis, deafness, blindness, or any other ailment there. Philippians 3:20-21: For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
    3. We will never perish or fade away. We will live forever with Jesus. 1 Peter 1:3-4: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
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Who Crucified Jesus?

Who Crucified Jesus?

  1. Introduction
    1. When I was a young boy and first came to know Christ as my own Savior, I was young in the Lord at the time. I had just given my heart to Jesus. I didn’t know much about the crucifixion. I just knew that Jesus had died for me. When I was saved in Tulsa Oklahoma at a concert that Don Francisco was playing for, I gave my heart to the Lord.
    2. I then came home and got rooted in a little Bible believing church called Calvary Baptist Church. There I learned the Bible. I learned all about who Jesus Christ the man was, and who the people were that crucified him. I’m so thankful for all of the education that I received at Calvary Baptist Church. It has molded and shaped me into the man I am today, the pastor of the Little House of Hope and Prayer.  Now let us proceed to find out why Christ was crucified on the cross.


  1. Who is this man they call Jesus?
    1. He is God, and is known as the Word of God. John 1:1 and 2: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.

This passage makes it very clear that Jesus is God. He wasn’t a creation of God. He was there from the beginning.

  1. He created the Heavens and the Earth. John 1:3: All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. Here again, we see that Jesus was not created, but is the creator. Nothing was created without him.
  2. He was the long awaited Messiah. Isaiah 7:14: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. This is an Old testament prophecy concerning the coming Messiah who is Jesus Christ our Lord. This was given centuries before Jesus was born.
  3. He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24: A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Jesus is a friend you can call on any time and He’s always right there with you.


  1. What was His Reason for Leaving Heaven and Coming to Earth?
    1. Because God is Holy and can’t look upon sin, sin separates us from God, and also leads to death. Ezekiel 18:20: The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
    2. God loved you and I so much that He came to restore that relationship that was broken by sin, and give us eternal life. John 3;16-17:or God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He gave the ultimate sacrifice by carrying the sin of the whole world on His Shoulders, and dying on the cross to save us.
    3. He left the glories of Heaven, humbled Himself, died for us, and is now exalted in Heaven. Philippians 2:5-9: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  He’s the Name above all names. There is no other name whereby we can find salvation, healing, and freedom.


  1. When someone talks about the Godhead, what do they mean? Though the word trinity is not in the Bible, the word Godhead is, and refers to one God in three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Here are some scriptures to clarify this.
    1. Here is a prophecy about the birth of Jesus that refers to Him as the Mighty God and everlasting Father. Isaiah 9:6: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
    2. Further ahead in Isaiah we see another indication of Jesus as God. Isaiah 44:6: Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
    3. Again here we see that in Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead. Colossians 2:9: For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
    4. Finally let’s look at a prayer of the Apostle Paul that ties all three together, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. 2 Cotinthians 13:14: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.


  1. When He spoke, He spoke with authority and people listened. Here are some scriptures about the power and authority of Jesus.
    1. Matthew 7:28-29: And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. They knew this was no ordinary preacher. They knew that when Jesus spoke, there was power and authority behind His Words.
    2. Matthew 28:18: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. This relates to what we discussed earlier about Jesus being God. All power and authority in heaven and Earth are His.
    3. Mark 1:27: nd they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. This again shows that Jesus has authority over all. No devil in Hell can prevail against Him. When He speaks, even they listen.


  1. Who was it that actually crucified Him?
    1. It was Jesus’ own People, the Jews that arrested Jesus and led Him to Pilate to be crucified. John 18:31-32: Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die.
    2. The people God had promised to send a Messiah to did not know who was in their midst. Luke 19:41-44: And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. For centuries they had prayed for the promised Messiah to come. Many of them are still praying, not realizing that He already came. His Name was Jesus. They missed the time of their visitation. I would add that Jesus is here right now in this service. Are you enjoying His Love and Presence, or are you missing out on the time of His Visitation?


  1. What were His Last Words before He went to Heaven?
    1. He was giving the Great Commission just before ascending to Heaven. Matthew 28:19-20: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. He promised to always be with us, now and forever. Let’s win as many souls to Him as we can before the Trumpet Sounds and we’re called home.
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Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Wayne’s Introduction

We need to Study

  1. Why do we need to study?
    1. Psalm 119:105-Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. We live in a dark world. It’s not a good idea to go stumbling around in the dark without a flashlight. There may be roots, stumps, rocks, and other obstacles that you could stumble on and fall if you’re not careful. When we study God’s word, it’s a light unto our path. It tells us the obstacles to watch for, and how to overcome them. It gives us a clear path as we study

 Joshua 1:8-This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Wondering what God’s will is for your life? Spend time in His Word, meditate on it. Think about it. Obey it, and you will be blessed.

  1. Hebrews 4:12-For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. God’s word is powerful. It speaks to every area of life. When Jesus was tempted by the devil, the weapon of choice was the Word of God. When Satan attacks you, get into the Word. Obey it. Stand on the promises it has within. Let God’s Word be your two edged sword.

 What does God say about us studying?

    1. 2 Timothy 3:16-All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: All scripture is from God. It is all important. It’s profitable for doctrine, our belief system. It is good for reproof, to correct us when we’re wrong, and it teaches us what is right.
    2. Romans 15:4-For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. We should always be learning. The only people who have learned all there is to learn in this world are those who have gone on to Heaven. As we study the Word, we will learn more and more about who God is. We also gain hope and comfort from the scriptures.


  1. By studying, how does it affect you and me?
    1. Isaiah 53:6-All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. The more we study, the more we know what God has to say about us, our sin, and our need of a savior.

 Matthew 5:16-Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. The more we study, the more Christ-like we are, and people will see how we live, and many will glorify God.

  1. 2 Timothy 4:2- Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. The more we study, the more we can help others by pointing them to what they need in the Word.


We need to be approved

  1. For what reason? Are we just trying to prove something?
    1. Romans 12:2-And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.We don’t study the Word to prove how spiritual we are, or how smart we are, but we prove what is acceptable to God…what His Will is, and how He wants us to live.

 Acts 9:22-But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. By studying and obeying God’s word, more and more, we prove to the world around us that Christ is real, and living and active in our lives.


  1. That kind of seems prideful in a way, doesn’t it? but not really. Here’s what the bible has to say about pride.
    1. Proverbs 16:18-Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
    2. 1 John 2:16-For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
    3. When we study the Word, live it, and share it with others, it is always to be in humility. There’s nothing prideful about studying and being approved by God.

 Why can’t we just go about our business and not worry about proving anything to anyone?

    1. Romans 10:14-How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? If we just go about our business, who will tell our family and friends about Jesus?
    2. In a bible study video on a Thursday night, the speaker said “Christianity is always one generation away from dying. It’s up to each one of us to share the Gospel with people around us. In fact, if you want to be spiritually healthy, sharing the Gospel is an important part of your life.


  1. Why does God want us to be approved of Him?
    1. Galatians 1:10- For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. As Christians, we are to live our lives in service to Jesus Christ, and to seek to please Him and be approved by Him.


 Colossians 3:23-24-And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. Here again, whatever you do, you should be serving the Lord and you will be approved, and be blessed by Him



  1. what is a workman?
    1. Psalm 119:1-2: Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. A workman is one who seeks to live according to God’s Word.
    2. Titus 2:9-Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again. A workman is diligent at his job or ministry, seeking to please those they work for, doing their workas unto the Lord.
    3. James 1:22-25: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Bottom line, a workman is one who doesn’t just hear the word, but does what it says.


 What is his function?

    1. Luke 14:23-And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. .Job 1 of every Christian is to go out and tell people about Jesus, compelling them to come into the Kingdom of God.


  1. Are we just working our way to heaven?
    1. Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. We are not working our way to heaven because no good works we could possibly do would get us there. It’s only by grace.
    2. Our good works are done out of love and gratitude for what He has done for us.


We need not to be ashamed

  1. Why do we need not to be ashamed?
    1. Hebrews 12:2-Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. God despises shame. He went to the cross to take our shame and our sin upon Himself.
    2. Romans 1:16-17: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. God doesn’t want His People to be ashamed. We are the King’s Kids. We have the Power of God for salvation. We have what the world needs. If we’re studying the Word, and living for Him, we won’t be ashamed.


  1. How do we know we are rightly dividing the word of truth?
    1. Isaiah 28:10-For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: We need to let scripture interpret scripture.



  1. 2 Corinthians 13:1-his is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. Two or three witnesses are needed to make a doctrine. You can’t make a teaching out of one verse.
  2. Study to whom a Scripture is written, and what time it is written about.


  1. There are so many interpretations, so many bibles, so many people telling you this and that. What is the truth?
    1. John 14:6-esus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Jesus is the truth. There may be other voices telling you this and that, but the words of Jesus are truth and life.
    2. John 8:31-32: Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.As you seek God, and read His Word the bible, you will know the truth. He will make it plain to you.


 When we do find the truth, how do we stand on it?

    1. 1 Corinthians 15:58- Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. We are to stand on the truth, confidently, unwaveringly, boldly, no matter what comes our way.
    2. Galatians 5:1-Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. We read earlier that we will know the truth, and the truth will make us free. As we study the Word, believing what it says, wea re made free in Jesus. God wants us to stand on that Word, and not ever go back to being in bondage, as we were before we believed.


Conclusion to all of the above.

So we’ve broken down the scripture, 2 Timothy 2:15. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

  1. We’ve talked about why we need to study: It is the lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. It shows us God’s will for our lives. God’s Word gives peace and long life to those who study. IT speaks to every area of our lives.
  2. We discussed What does God say about us studying? The bible is all from God. It shows us what to beleive, corrects us when we’re wrong and teaches us what is right.
  3. We talked about how studying affects you and me. We shared that the more we study, we know what God says about us. We talked about how studying makes us more like Christ, and are able to help others.
  4. We talked about being approved. We talked about how as we study the Word, we prove what is God’s Will. We are more like Christ, and by studying and obeying the Word, we prove to the world that He is real. We discussed how our efforts to study and be approved by God are not prideful, but are done in humble service to God.
  5. We talked about What is a workman? A workman seeks to live according to God’s Word. He or she is diligent at his job or ministry, seeking to please God and the person we serve under. Bottom line, a workman is a doer of the word, and not a hearer only. His or her function is to share the Gospel with everyone they meet. A workman is not someone trying to work their wayto heaven. The works they do are in gratitude and obedience to God.
  6. We asked Why do we not need to be ashamed? God despises shame and doesn’t want His Kids to be ashamed. We have the power of God for salvation. We have what the world needs. If our trust is in God, and we are studying the Word and living by it, we need not be ashamed.
  7. We talked about how we know we are rightly dividing the Word of truth. If we let scripture interpret scripture, don’t try to make a doctrine out of just one verse, and study to find out who is being written about and what time period, we are rightly dividing the Word of truth.
  8. We asked the question, what is the truth, when there are so many bibles and people telling us this and that. We shared that Jesus is the truth. His words are truth and life. We talked about the fact that if we seek Him, and His Word, we will know the truth and the truth will make us free. We also talked about standing firmly on the truth, boldly, confidently, unwaveringly.

So where are you in relation to 2nd Timothy 2:15?

  1. Do you study the Word? Do you dust off that bible and study it?
  2. Are you a Berean, searching out the scriptures, or do you just go by what someone says?
  3. Are you seeking to be approved by God, or is it more the approval of men that you seek?
  4. Are you a workman, rightly dividing the Word of truth who needs not to be ashamed?


  1. I think every one of us can grow in this area. Let’s all endeavor to study God’s Word, be a doer of the Word, and share the Gospel with those we meet. We will be approved by God and not ever need to be ashamed.
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A House Divided Against Itself

  1. Introduction
    1. God’s Word says a lot about the importance of being in unity. We see this in Psalm 133:1: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! A kingdom, a house, a church, and a nation divided against itself can not stand. We’ll talk about a house divided in this message.
  2. Let’s look into the subject of A house divided against itself.
    1. Mark 3:25: And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
  3. What does this mean?
    1. Let’s look at the verses surrounding the one we just read. Mark 3:22-26: And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
    2. The scribes were saying that Jesus was casting out demons by Satan’s power.
    3. Jesus responds that a kingdom and a house divided against itself cannot stand, and will not survive.
    4. This shows the importance of unity. As Christians, we all are working towards the same goal, bringing souls to Jesus Christ, and encouraging our brothers and sisters in Christ. We must be in unity and not be divided.
  4. How can you and I stand firm knowing that we as Christians are not divided?
    1. Pray for one another. James 5:16: Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
    2. Be in church and fellowship often with other believers. Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
    3. Be involved in a ministry, where your gifts and talents are being used to reach souls and encourage the saints. Ask your pastor how you can help in the church. Ephesians 4:16: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.


  1. If I had to ask you what side you were on, the Christian side or the side of the enemy, what would you say, and how would you explain it to someone who doesn’t know whether they are on one side or another.
    1. We are encouraged to choose sides. We are either on the Lord’s side, or that of the enemy. Exodus 32:26: Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.
    2. If you have not given your heart to Jesus, and are not consciously living for God, serving and obeying Him, you are not on His Side, but are on the side of the devil. Jesus had these strong words to say in John 8:44: Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
    3. One sign that shows that you are on God’s side, is if you pray regularly. Matthew 6:6: But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
    4. Another sign that you are on God’s side is if you are studying the Word. 2nd Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
    5. Are you in church regularly? This will be a good indication of which side you are on. Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
    6. Finally, are you fulfilling the great commission, and telling people about Jesus. Those on the Lord’s side are doing this in one form or another. Luke 14:23: And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
  2. What does God’s Word say about a house divided against itself?
    1. We read Jesus’ Words earlier. Here is another recording of this saying: Matthew 12:24-25: But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
    2. Here are a couple of other places where the bible talks about the need for us to be in unity and not divided. Psalm 133:1: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
    3. And now for the New Testament: Ephesians 4:3: Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
  3. Some examples of a house divided against itself.
    1. A church or ministry where everyone is following their own agendas, instead of working with the pastor and leadership to achieve a common goal, namely seeking to save that which was lost, and building up the Body of Christ.
    2. A job site where everyone has their own ideas about how a job should be done, instead of following the guidance of the owner.
    3. A home in which family members don’t communicate and go about doing their own things, instead of coming together as a family.
    4. Our nation has become more and more of a house divided. Coming together to get things done in our nation has become increasingly hard, and tensions on all side continue to escalate.
  4. How should you and I explain to someone else when we know for a fact that their house has been divided?
    1. First, pray for them.
    2. Then, speak the truth in Love to them. Ephesians 4:14-15:  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
    3. Encourage them to pray for one another and confess their faults to one another. James 5:16: Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
    4. Encourage the people involved to forgive and have peace. Colossians 3:13: Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
    5. Encourage them to continue to love one another, as love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8: And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
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  1. Introduction
    1. You’ve heard it said that God’s Word is line upon line, precept upon precept. What does this mean? Where did this concept come from? Who spoke this into existence? How important is this concept when sharing God’s Word with others? We’ll talk about these things and more in this message about line upon line, precept upon precept.
  2. Where did this concept come from?
    1. In Isaiah 28, God is speaking through the prophet Isaiah to people who don’t know His Word and His ways. Just like many of us today. You and I have the complete Bible, the Word of God, and yet many of us don’t take time to study it and get to know who God is. Let’s look at a few of these verses.
    2. Isaiah 28:9-10:Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:


  1. Who spoke this into existance?
    1. This concept is from God. God has something to say about every area of our lives, and the more we delve into His Word, the more we are prepared for what is in store for us, and what God has planned for us. To get a better understanding of this concept, let’s look at a few other translations of verse 10.
    2. New International Version: For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there.”
    3. New Living Translation:He tells us everything over and over— one line at a time, one line at a time, a little here, and a little there!”
    4. Berean Study Bible: For He says, “Order on order, order on order, line on line, line on line; a little here, a little there.”
    5. Good News Translation:He is trying to teach us letter by letter, line by line, lesson by lesson.”


  1. Why Can’t We just pick Up the Bible and Read It?
    1. God wants us to study His Word, to get to know Him, His Will, His Ways. He wants us to do this for ourselves, but so we can share His Word with others.
    2. 2nd Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
    3. We see here that as we study God’s Word, line upon line, precept upon precept, we are approved unto God. He is pleased with us.
    4. When we study the Word, and share it with others, we need not to be ashamed, because we are rightly dividing the Word, not just making a complete doctrine out of one section of scripture.


  1. Is it true that when a statement is made in the Bible that other passages relate to it between the Old and New Testament?Yes, here are a few examples.
    1. We learn that Jesus was a descendant of Abraham by looking at these 2 verses:
      1. Matthew 1:1: The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
      2. Genesis 22:18: And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
    2. Throughout the Old and New Testament, we see passages telling and foretelling of how Jesus would give His Life to save you and me from our sins.
      1. Isaiah 53:5: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
      2. Matthew 20:28: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
  • 1 Peter 2:24-25:Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
  1. 2 Corinthians 5:21: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
  1. The apostle John, and the prophet Isaiah both had a vision of Heaven, and Jesus sitting on the throne.
    1. Revelation 4:2-3: And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
    2. Isaiah 6:1-2: In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.


  1. Is this Line Upon Line old testament only, or is it New Testament also?
    1. As we’ve seen with these examples, we can use Bible cross references to go between the Old and New Testament, often gaining deeper insight into what God is saying by digging a little bit deeper, than just the one passage we might be looking at.


  1. When Explaining God’s Word to someone, how important is this concept?
    1. 1 Peter 3:15-16:But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
    2. In this world, there are many voices, with many different messages, often contrary to the Word of God. If you study the Word, line upon line, precept upon precept, using the Old and New Testament, you are more equipped to give an answer, and share what God has to say about Himself, and the issues of the day. There are many who say they speak from God but their knowledge of the Word is extremely limited.


  1. Is this a tool made for winning souls?
    1. Those who profess to receive and believe the truth are to be shown the deadly influence of selfishness and its tainting, corrupting power. The Holy Spirit must work upon the human agent, else another power will control mind and judgment. Spiritual knowledge of God and Jesus Christ whom He hath sent is the only hope of the soul. Each soul is to be taught of God, line upon line, precept upon precept; he must feel his individual accountability to God to engage in service for his Master, whose he is, and whom he is required to serve in the work of saving souls from death.


  1. How can this help us in the complete study of all 66 books? Here are some guidelines for studying the bible line upon line, precept upon precept.
    1. Begin with Scriptures that are easy to understand.
    2. Let the Bible interpret and prove the Bible. Don’t look for what you want to prove – look for what the Bible actually says.
    3. Understand the context—the verses before and after, and the chapters before and after. Does your understanding of a particular verse harmonize with the rest of the Bible?
    4. Ask: What does the Scripture clearly say?
    5. Ask: What does the Scripture not say?
    6. Ask: Who was the book written to?
    7. Ask: Who wrote it and who said it?
    8. Understand the historical time frame in which the book was written.
    9. Do not allow personal assumptions or preconceived ideas to influence your understanding and conclusions.
    10. Do not form conclusions based on partial facts, insufficient information, or the opinions and speculations of others.
    11. Opinions—regardless of how strongly you feel about them—don’t necessarily count. Scripture alone must be your standard and guide.
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You Will Know them By Their Fruits

Why Did Jesus Say “Ye Shall Know Them By Their Fruits”?

  1. Introduction:
    1. In our world today there are a lot of people that say they are Christians, or say they are ministers of the Gospel. Which ones are truly Christian and serving God? Jesus said we can know who is truly our brother or sister by the fruits they bear.


  1. Where is the Scripture Found?
    1. We’ll be looking at Matthew 7:15-20. The verse we are referring to here is Matthew 7: 16: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?


  1. Who is it that Jesus is referring to?
    1. Not everyone that says they are a Christian or even a minister is of God. Jesus warns us about that in verse 15: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. We often hear of preachers or singers that bring inspiring messages or songs, and then later we hear of them tearing up the bible or saying they no longer believe.


  1. What are the Fruits?
    1. Matthew 7:17 to 20 says “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
    2. Jesus talks a lot about trees, seeds, and soil. To learn more about the fruit Jesus is talking about in our original passage, let’s look at the parable of the sower and the seed as Jesus is explaining it to His Disciples.. Matthew 13:18-23: Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
    3. So the seed is the Word of the Kingdom, the gospel message. The message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
    4. The sower is me and you. We are all called to plant seeds, to present the gospel to people we come in contact with.
    5. The good fruit Jesus is talking about in our original passage is sharing the gospel with people, and living a life of service to our Lord. We are not doing this to get into Heaven, but because we love God and are thankful for what He’s done for us.


  1. How to know if someone is a true brother or sister, or a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? Ask yourself these questions about that person:
    1. Is the person in question sharing the Gospel in one way or another with people in need? Luke 14:23: And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
    2. Does he or she put God and others first? Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
    3. Philippians 2:3: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
    4. Is he or she a person of prayer and study of God’s Word? Philippians 4:6: e careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
    5. 2 Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
    6. Is the person preaching the Word accurately, or leading people astray? Galatians 1:8-9: But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
  2. It Sounds like you are talking about Judging. Doesn’t Jesus teach against judging others?
    1. Here is the scripture people often use. Matthew 7:1-5: udge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
    2. So what is Jesus saying here, that we are not to ever make a judgment call about someone ‘s spiritual condition? No. He’s telling us to check our own selves out first. Get the beam out of your own eye so you can clearly see the mote in the other person’s eye.  1 Corinthians 11:31:  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
    3. We see in this next verse that God does want us to discern who is truly a servant of the Lord, and who is wicked, and actually of the enemy. It says this in 1 Corinthians 5:12-13: For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
    4. When dealing with another who is a brother but who we know to be doing wrong, the bible says this in Galatians 6:1-2: rethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.


  1. How can you and I bear More Fruit?
    1. First, you must be born again before you can bear fruit. John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
    2. Spend time in the Word and prayer every day. Psalm 119:11: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
    3. Philippians 4:6: e careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
    4. Share Jesus with people you come in contact with.
    5. Submit to God’s Pruning process. John 15:2: Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
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