(Jer 16:14) Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
(Jer 16:15) But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.
(Revelation 11:10) And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
By Grace Through Faith to Faith
I. Errors and lies about eternal life and God’s favor are both old and common.
GEN 3:4-5; MAT 3:9; 1PE 1:18-19; JOH 5:39.
II. EPH 2:8-9 is one of the best known texts of Scripture but one of the most misunderstood. Observe what can be concluded from this text:
A. There is a current salvation that the Ephesian saints have by grace.
B. This grace is channelled to them through faith.
C. This salvation is not of works.
D. This salvation excludes human boasting.
E. It is a gift, not an offer.
Reasoning Out of the Scriptures
I. This study sets forth the Biblical method for arriving at truth, our chief pursuit. PRO 23:23; 4:7.
A. It sets forth the importance of linear, connected thought that produces sound conclusions as
opposed to scattered, disconnected thought that produces invalid or indeterminate conclusions. This may be expressed:
1. Valid premise + valid reasoning = valid conclusion.
2. Valid premise + invalid reasoning = invalid conclusion.
3. Invalid premise + valid reasoning = invalid conclusion.
4. Invalid premise + invalid reasoning = indeterminate conclusion.
(John 10:22) And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
Cults and Their Appeal
“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;” (Ephesians 4:14)
I. cult: A particular form or system of religious worship; esp. in reference to its external rites and ceremonies. Now commonly, a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.
A. The term “cult” has such a negative connotation in our culture that being labelled as such is
The Identity of True Faith and Practice
I. Error begins with accepting some other standard for faith and practice than the word of God.
GEN 3:1-6; 2CO 11:3.
II. Personal feelings and thoughts do not determine truth. PRO 28:26; 14:12.
A. It is possible to be completely convinced that one is doing right though in error.
JOH 16:2; ACT 26:9-10.
1. Dedication to an error does not justify the error.
2. Zeal is not necessarily a good thing. GAL 4:17-18.
B. It is possible to be in ignorance about wrongdoing. PSA 19:12; ACT 3:17.
Thanksgiving Day in America has a noble history of national pausing to give thanks to the Creator for His benefits. But the reverence and humility once associated with the custom has been considerably displaced by what is now truly important to our culture: pleasure (long weekend, football, feasting, shopping). Pleasure in and of itself is not evil, but when it becomes the summum bonum of a nation, watch out!
Modest Apparel (1TI 2:9-10)
I. A Biblical ministry is characterized by a balanced emphasis on grace and practical holiness.
A. “All holiness” leaves the soul overburdened and without relief or hope.
B. “All grace” leaves the soul without conviction or defined direction. It opens the door to a
false liberty. ROM 6:1-2 c/w JUDE 1:4.
II. It should be obvious to any reasonable person that we are living in a society that is in an increasing state of undress.