Words Of Truth
"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs 22:21).
Don’t Be Or Become The Old Dog
Outline by Brian A. Yeager
I. Introduction: Most have heard: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”.
A. As we get older, we can erringly think we have “it all” figured out (Ecclesiastes 4:13).
1. As we age we SHOULD get wiser, but that isn’t always the case (Job 32:1-9).
2. Old age alone doesn’t make a person “right” (Proverbs 16:31).
B. Sometimes people reach a point wherein more should be expected of them, but they are not fit for such (Hebrews 5:12-14).
1. Spiritually aged brothers and sisters in Christ are expected to be role models (Titus 2:2-7).
2. There should be wisdom there (Job 12:12).
II. Body: We Must ALL Be Willing To Continue To Learn And Grow (Colossians 1:10 and I Peter 2:1-2).
A. Don’t become stubborn and set in your ways (Psalms 32:9).
1. God’s view of stubbornness is clear (I Samuel 15:23).
2. Is “your way” even close to safe to begin with (Proverbs 14:12 and Galatians 6:3)?
B. It’s easy to follow old traditions that are in place (Jeremiah 44:17, Zechariah 1:4-5, and Matthew 15:1-14).
1. We are warned about traditionalism (Colossians 2:18-23).
2. Let’s not get caught up in traditionalism or in the starting of new trends that become stuck traditions. Rather, let’s continue to hold on to God’s way so that “our way” doesn’t become what we or the future generation perceives as “the way” (I Thessalonians 4:1-2).
C. It is possible to get so tired of “hearing it” that we too could become hardened to the truth (Proverbs 29:1).
1. Sometimes people just hate being corrected (Proverbs 15:10).
2. This should NEVER become our mindset (Proverbs 12:1).
3. Consider that, the Scriptures exist to serve as our source of reproof and correction (II Timothy 3:15-17).
D. Have humility so none of us get the “I have it all figured out” mindset (Romans 12:3).
1. With proper growth we will know more than others (Psalms 119:97-105), but be cautious with that (I Corinthians 8:1).
2. We have to maintain the willingness to continue learning all they days of our lives (Proverbs 23:12).
3. In addition, we have to make sure our learning is fruitful and not just an exercise in futility (II Timothy 3:7).
III. Conclusion: Don’t Be A Dog At All, For All Dogs Won’t Get The Truth (Matthew 7:6 and II Peter 2:20-22).
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