THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT YOU THINK

Lesson Objective: To understand the need to fully examine and study what is being taught as truth in today’s society.

Scripture: Matthew 4: 1-11;
A. Understanding the need to have the wisdom of discernment to tell the difference between good and evil.
a. Many people suggest that the difference between good and evil is like night and day.
b. Seldom is evil so blunt that one can tell it clearly.
c. Evil is most often clothed in half –truths so that we can mistake it for the truth if we are not careful- Matthew 7:15
d. Christ was tempted by Satan with halve truths.
i. The first temptation was with bread since Christ had not eaten for 40 days and 40 nights. Matthew 4: 3-4 Deuteronomy 8:3
ii. The second temptation was with misstating how God will take care of us. Psalm 91: 11-12; Matthew 4: 5-7 Deuteronomy 6:16
iii. The third is with riches and glory- Matthew 4: 8-11 ; Exodus 20:3
e. People may use religion to cause people to go astray.
i. Simon the magician- Acts 8: 9-11
ii. Special emphasis on verse 10.
iii. Simon wanted to use the power of the Holy Spirit to continue his on ministry (smile). Verses 18-19
f. How do ministers do that today- 2nd Peter 2:1-3
i. Teaching false doctrines such as:
1. Prosperity ministry
2. Preach that the definition of sin has changed over time
ii. Using the Church to become rich and powerful 2nd Corinthians 2:17
iii. Paul’s example
1. 1 Thessalonians 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 3: 7-8; Philippians 4: 15-18
2. Perhaps more Pastors should follow the example of Paul and not be employees of the Church but be dependent on God and his Grace
g. So What— Be careful of who we follow and ensure that the teachings are consistent with the Bible and not just follow one that is popular. Acts 17:11

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