Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
Never Move Into Maybeville
A. We should never believe or teach something that starts with a “maybe” or a “it sure seems to me” type of statement (Proverbs 16:25).
1. Everyone who lives in Maybeville feels justified in his or her own eyes (cf. Proverbs 3:7, Proverbs 21:2, and Isaiah 5:21).
2. How many times do we read about not adding to, removing from, or thinking beyond God’s word (Deuteronomy 12:32, Proverbs 30:5-6, I Corinthians 4:6, Revelation 22:18-19, etc.)?
3. Remember, we are to prove things out not guess on the conclusions (I Thessalonians 5:21).
B. Maybeville submits to the Governor of the state of human opinion (II Samuel 7:1-7; cf. Psalms 94:11).
1. We have to KNOW what we’re saying is right (I Timothy 1:3-7 and I Peter 4:11).
2. Maybe’s have to be left behind so that we do not say something God has not said (Isaiah 8:20, Ezekiel 13:6-8, Mark 12:35-37, and Acts 15:24).
II. Body: Caution, we’d better be sure we never corrupt God’s word (Jeremiah 23:36, Galatians 1:6-9, and II Peter 3:15-18).
A. Some people in Maybeville [on Seems Street] find ghost scriptures [they look at a text and see something that is not there] (John 12:34 – in fact, the Law said the opposite - Isaiah 53:12; cf. Mark 15:27-28).
1. People read “grace only” into verses like: Ephesians 2:5.
2. People read “faith only” into verses like: Romans 3:28.
3. People read “bible colleges” into verse like: Acts 19:8-10.
4. People read “infant baptism” into verses like: Matthew 18:3 and Matthew 19:13-14
5. People read “orphan homes” into verses like: James 1:26-27.
B. Some people in Maybeville try to find Scriptures and add their human arguments to them to form a whole different conclusion (Matthew 22:23-33).
1. How many times do we hear the “what if’s” and “why not’s”?
a. These folks say, “What if someone never get’s the chance to repent”? – Acts 17:30-31.
b. These folks say, “Why not have the Lord’s Supper twice on Sunday so everyone can partake?” – Acts 20:7 and I Corinthians 11:33.
2. So many people think they can reason A + B = C, therefore…
a. Example: God is love (I John 4:8). Love thinks nothing evil (I Corinthians 13:5). Therefore, there is no Hell – WRONG (Matthew 10:28).
b. Example: We are to do good to all men (Galatians 6:10). The church can do good. Therefore, the church is supposed to give money to any who ask – WRONG (I Timothy 5:3-16 and II Thessalonians 3:10).
3. Some try to argue their way right out of serving God acceptably:
a. Example: “God wants me to work (I Timothy 5:8), that takes my time up, so God will EXCUSE me because I’m doing all I can.” Really, (Luke 14:33)?
b. Example: “God knows I am just human, to err is human, therefore God knows there’s going to be some sin in my life.” Really, (Romans 6:1-2)?
4. When we reason it has to be from the Scriptures (Acts 17:1-3), not our own conclusions (Proverbs 20:24).
C. Some people in Maybeville read one Scripture, form a conclusion, and forsake finding out what the remainder of the word of God says (John 19:6-7; cf. Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:21-23, Matthew 3:17, Matthew 17:5, and II Peter 1:14-18).
1. Example: Teaching that Acts 2:38 means everyone scripturally converted receives the Holy Spirit while ignoring, Acts 8:12-20.
2. Example: Some read Matthew 7:1, ignore the next 5 verses (Matthew 7:2-6) and other Scriptures (Matthew 7:16, John 7:24, etc.).
III. Conclusion: All of us must be able to say: “But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God... For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ” (II Corinthians 4:2; 2:17).
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