Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

 

One Easily Persuaded Believes Everything

 

I. Introduction:

A. Ignorance has often been a plague among God’s people (Hosea 4:6 and Matthew 22:29).

1. When teachers are ignorant (Isaiah 56:10)…

2. Ignorance then trickles down to students (Isaiah 9:16, Malachi 2:7-8, and Luke 6:39).

3. This ignorance turns into creation of new standards (Romans 10:1-3).

B. When ignorance abounds, the ability to avoid sin is gone (Hebrews 5:12-14).

1. The ignorant will not for see evil (Proverbs 22:3).

2. Ignorance causes one to listen to those who are in error (Proverbs 15:14 and Romans 16:18).

3. You cannot test all things (I Thessalonians 5:21) if you do not know the truth (II Timothy 2:14-18).

 

II. Body: Proverbs 14:15; 18

A. So-called “brethren” are too willing to take someone else’s word for it (I John 4:1 and Jeremiah 29:8-9).

1. Though we’re warned about how false teachers “look the part” (Acts 20:28-31), MANY follow (II Peter 2:1-3).

2. So-called “brethren” are unwilling to stand upon the fact that when man speaks aside from God’s word they are evil (Isaiah 8:20).

B. Through ignorance, so-called “brethren” have become traditionally [human, not divine traditions] minded rather than Scripturally minded (Colossians 2:8; 18-23).

1. Among many so-called churches of Christ there is ignorance because of the party spirit (i.e. Acts 23:1-10).

2. The denominational mindset is often invoked when it comes to being “church of Christ”, knowing certain preachers, or being “NI”, “PI”, etc. (I Corinthians 1:10-13)!

3. The “one of us” mindset causes too many to drop their guard not realizing that wolves try to look like their prey (Matthew 7:15-20).

a. The party spirit is based in carnality (Galatians 5:20 – “heresies”).

b. Carnal people can’t learn until they get past the carnal mindset (I Corinthians 3:1-3).

c. Exemplified in Sunday AM, PM, and Wed. assemblies after the traditions of men (Matthew 15:7-9).

4. Creating a litmus test of a few “issues” to establish faithfulness is ignorant (James 2:9-12 and Matthew 23:23-24).

C. Ignorance has been spread by seemingly innocent “expediencies”, [though they tear down rather than build up] (cf. I Corinthians 10:23).

1. “Brethren” have become workbook students instead of Bible students (Acts 17:10-11).

a. As one recently wrote, “My question is: ‘If’ and ‘How’ you use PowerPoint when using classbooks?  I would like to somehow use the powerpoint because it seems to help keep peoples attention” (Bill Green; 6/23/2010; Biblelist). – Cf. Nehemiah 8:1-3!!

b. “But the kids need visual aids to learn” (cf. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 and II Timothy 3:15).

2. “Brethren” have become students of commentaries and magazines (Job 32:8 and I Corinthians 4:6).

3. “Brethren” have taken views without ever really examining them for themselves (Ephesians 5:6; cf. Romans 14:12). 

 

III. Conclusion: Christians should know the truth (John 8:32).

A. Truth ought to be committed to memory (Joshua 1:6-8, Proverbs 7:1-3, and Colossians 3:16).

B. We ought to be able to give an answer from the truth (Colossians 4:6).

 

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