Look At More Than Just The Worship Service
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. Should a Christian be concerned about WHO they worship with (Psalms 26:4-5 and ITimothy 6:3-5)?
1. How much erring fellowship can we have (Ephesians 5:11)?
2. What happens to partakers with them (ITimothy 5:22 and IIJohn 1:9-11)?
B. “On the surface” really tells you nothing (Isaiah 29:13, Matthew 23:28, and Mark 7:1-9).
1. Are false teachers going to show you openly who they are (Acts 20:28-31, Romans 16:17-18, Titus 1:10-11, and Jude 1:4)?
2. Can’t error be taught by omission of truth [choosing not to teach on certain subjects - things needed, etc.] (Jeremiah 23:21-22, Ezekiel 33:8, Acts 20:26-27; cf. Matthew 28:20)?
3. Maybe they sing, pray, teach, practice the Lord’s Supper correctly, give correctly etc.; but what are you NOT seeing (Ezekiel 33:31)?
II. Body: Look Below The Surface (Matthew 7:15-20).
A. You have to be sure they teach (ITimothy 1:3-7) and practice no other doctrine (Luke 6:46; cf. Deuteronomy 5:23-29; Psalms 81:13).
1. Do they put up with whatever (Revelation 2:12-16), practicing the error of “unity in diversity” (ICorinthians 1:10, Galatians 2:4-5, and Philippians 3:16)?
2. Do they say they “speak only where the Bible speaks” while practicing things the Bible speaks nothing of (Galatians 1:8-10)?
a. Make-up Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7 and ICorinthians 11:33).
b. Church of Christ traditions (Colossians 2:8).
i. Inconsistent - no instruments, but use pitch pipes (Ephesians 5:19)???
ii. Singing songs without understanding (ICorinthians 14:15) or truth (Colossians 3:16; cf. Titus 2:1).
iii. Church of Christ camps, schools, colleges, businesses [book stores, etc.], orphan homes, widow homes, other human institutions [individually or collectively supported], dress codes, preacher elevation, VBS, canned sermons, etc. (Isaiah 8:20 and Micah 4:5).
iv. Prayers for show (Matthew 6:7).
c. Business leaders instead of qualified elders (ITimothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9).
d. Preachers who are one-man eldership substitutions (Matthew 23:1-12 and ICorinthians 4:6).
3. Will they withdraw from disorderly (IIThessalonians 3:6).
4. Openly admit they are not right or even sure on things [i.e. “if you notice anything wrong, we don’t claim to be perfect, just point it out to us and you’ll be our friend”] (Ephesians 5:25-27).
B. Are they spiritually dead (Revelation 3:1-2)?
1. Is the only sign of the Lord’s work the sign on the building. Are they actually doing anything spiritually relative (Romans 15:25-27, Ephesians 4:16, and IThessalonians 1:5-8)?
2. When assembling are they actually working or just filling seats (Hebrews 10:24-25)?
3. Is the teaching relevant or just filling time slots (Jude 1:3)?
C. Are they “selling” you something (IIPeter 2:1-3)?
1. When you “visit”, are you treated like they care for your soul or just for your attendance and contribution (Micah 3:11-12)?
a. Do they use marketing tactics, flattery, popularity, name dropping; or just the Gospel (IThessalonians 2:1-6)?
b. Are they about being “friendly” or being faithful (Proverbs 26:24-28)? *NOTE: This does NOT mean Christians are going to be unfriendly (Colossians 3:12).
2. When you “visit” do they treat you like a faithful Christian without even knowing you? Shouldn’t they be concerned about your faithfulness (IJohn 4:1 and Revelation 2:2)?
3. When you “visit” are they hiding something, so that when you ask questions you don’t get answers (John 18:20)?
III. Conclusion: Being Deceived Hurts You (Ephesians 5:6-7).
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© 2014 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager