11/1/20 “The Fork in the Road before Us” Don White

Sermon Outline for Romans 16:17-27, text vv. 17-18. Theme: Avoid false teachers.

1. False teachers’ unholy ________________ & ________________.

A. They contradict what the Apostles taught.

B. False teaching attacks the unity created in those who agree with & hold to the one true Faith’s tenets & principles.

 

2. False teachers’ unholy ______________ & __________________.

A. V. 18

B. Method; the key here: they deceive, they seem something other than what they truly are.

Questions for Study

False teachers usually follow a pattern Satan originated in tempting Adam & Eve to forsake the Lord & His way. Read Genesis 3:1-7. Can you see the following in those verses? The false teacher comes as a friendly guide to show a “better way”; he/she questions God’s clear statement (Did God really say…) & seeks to create doubt; he denies God’s plain statement is true; denies His warnings come from His love; he implies God is holding back something that following the false teacher’s teaching will give. He uses half-truths, e.g., knowing good & evil.

How have false teachers pressed the did God really say challenge when it comes to God’s creation of humans: humans as bearing God’s image & likeness; humans as created male or female; marriage as between a man &

a woman; God as man’s Provider, Lord, Judge & Law Giver…

How do false teaching & teachers create division, dissension among Christians? What does God say faithful leaders are to do about it?

See: Acts 20:28ff; Romans 16:17b; I Thessalonians 5:20-22; Titus 3:10-11.

Jesus said His words are spirit & life (John 6:63), life giving to those who receive them. What is the fruit or effect of false teaching? Can we tell if a teaching is false by its fruits?

 

10/25/20 “Hard Providences, VI” Don White

 

Sermon Outline for Luke 22:24-34, 54-62. Theme: God preserves hurting believers who humble themselves under His mighty Hand.

1. Jesus ___________ Peter about the trial to befall him.

A. He prophesies to Peter of the spiritual realities awaiting him.

B. Jesus reveals a transaction between Him & the Father re: Peter

 

2. Peter _________________ proclaims he’s up to the test.

A. Incredibly, Peter disallows Jesus’ claims, v. 33.

B. Sadly, we may also disallow God’s claims, feeling we’re wiser than He.

3. God’s _____________ to cope is reserved for His humbled ones.

A. Jesus directed Peter to his responsibility once he repented.

B. Peter, chastened, gives instruction out of his experience, I Peter 5:5-7.

 

Questions for Study

From where do hard providences ultimately come? “Providences” is a clue.

What ways of handling setbacks, unforeseen losses, etc., only complicate them & make them harder to deal with?

How does Peter’s handling of Jesus’ prophecy (Luke 22:31-34) negatively illustrate Proverbs 3:5-6?

Often in challenging times God’s Word counsels us to wait on the Lord (e.g., Psalm 27, 37, 62; Isaiah 8, 30, 40; Lamentations 3; etc.). Why is that so hard to do? What does it say about us and about where we really place our faith, when we don’t wait upon the Lord?

What is God’s general purpose in hard providences? See Hebrews 12:7-11.