Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
DonŐt ŇRead IntoÓ Things [Make Assumptions]
A. The Bible warns us about evil surmising [suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it; New Oxford American Dictionary] (I Timothy 6:3-5).
1. Some people see things one-way because they ignore evidence that opposes their uneducated guess (Acts 2:4; 7-13; 14-17).
2. Other people assume things that are false because they twist the evidence (II Peter 3:16-17).
B. Things often are not as they appear (John 7:24).
1. This is true of people (I Kings 14:5, Matthew 23:27-28, and James 1:26-27).
a. Not all who you think are against you really are against you (Galatians 4:16).
b. On the other side of the coin, not all who pose as friends are friends (Galatians 2:4).
2. This is also true of situations wherein things are not as they seem (Genesis 29:20-25, Luke 24:10-11, and I Corinthians 12:22).
II. Body: False Assumptions Lead To Error (Proverbs 18:13).
A. Matthew 20:10
1. The context reveals there was agreement on a wage (Matthew 20:1-9).
2. Their assumption that more was due was based upon their own reasoning (Matthew 20:11-12).
3. Their reasoning was not what the agreement was (Matthew 20:13-16).
4. Lest we err from the faith, we need to leave our reasoning aside (Proverbs 16:25).
B. Luke 12:51
1. People think Jesus is all about peace [as defined by human terms], but such is not the case (Luke 12:52-53).
2. Truth causes division (I Kings 18:21 and John 10:19).
3. Real peace does not exist in carnality (Romans 8:6 and Galatians 5:19-26), but in our spiritual relationship with God and our brethren (II Peter 1:2 and Colossians 3:15).
4. Understand that we are not out to cause problems (Hebrews 12:14), but our spiritual lives will cause division and rightfully so (John 3:19-21; cf. Proverbs 29:27).
C. Luke 13:1-5
1. People often assume evil occurs to people because of sin in that persons/peopleŐs lives (John 9:1-7 and Acts 28:1-6).
2. People ignore the fact that suffering is not a sign of oneŐs lack of faithfulness to God (Philippians 2:25-30 and II Timothy 3:12).
D. John 7:37-53
1.Misinformed, they thought Jesus could not be of God because He was from Galilee (Isaiah 9:1-2; cf. Matthew 4:12-17).
2. They ignored not only the Scriptures, but the evidence right in front of their eyes (John 10:25).
III. Conclusion: Our faith is to be based upon evidence (Hebrews 11:1).
A. We are supposed to test all things (I Thessalonians 5:21).
B. LetŐs never be na•ve and make assumptions about anything (Proverbs 14:15).
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