Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
September 2010 Questions / Answers
(These questions were emailed from this website and are answered here for the studies of those interested).
1. “What biblical authority does an elder have and what are their limits?”
Š Elders oversee, feed, and protect members of the local congregation wherein they are elders (Acts 20:28 and I Peter 5:1-4).
Š Elders, like all, are under the authority of Christ (Colossians 1:18 and Ephesians 5:22-24). Therefore, they are limited not to go beyond the boundaries God has set for them in creating new laws, etc.
Š A good eldership will aid greatly in the work of the local congregation (Proverbs 29:2 and Titus 1:9-14).
Š Brethren are to submit to elders (Hebrews 13:7; 17) unless those elders err from the truth (Proverbs 19:27 and I Timothy 5:17-20).
Š Elders, when there are qualified men to be elders (I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9), need to be in place in every congregation (Acts 14:23).
2. “How do we know that the serpent in Genesis 3 is Satan?”
Š See: Ezekiel 28:11-19, John 8:44, I John 3:8, Revelation 12:9, and Revelation 20:1-2.
3. “How do we know that demons do not have power to possess people today?”
Š See: I Corinthians 13:8-13, II Peter 2:4, and Revelation 20:1-2; 10.
4. “I believe the best way to grow in any endeavor (sports, knowledge, faith, etc) is to be challenged. Yet the bible instructs us to flee temptation/avoid evil influences/etc. I have argued that one can more successfully build a strong faith by living in the world and being challenged by temptation rather than isolating oneself at a place like FC and surrounding yourself with 500 people who think exactly the same way as you. I think places like FC produce weaker faith rather than stronger faith. Agree? Disagree? Any thoughts on how to best make that point?”
Š What we think is not important (II Samuel 7:1-7, Proverbs 3:5, Proverbs 16:25, Proverbs 20:24, Proverbs 21:2, Proverbs 30:5-6, Jeremiah 10:23, Jeremiah 17:5, I Corinthians 4:6, I Corinthians 4:17, Philippians 3:16, Colossians 3:17, Ephesians 5:10, I Thessalonians 5:21, and I Timothy 1:3-4).
Š The Bible clearly COMMANDS us to steer clear of negative influences (Proverbs 4:14-17, I Corinthians 15:33, II Corinthians 6:14-18, and Ephesians 5:11).
Š Florida College is a human institution in error because they are doing things not authorized by God. They do not have authority to train preachers, teach the Bible, have worship services, etc.
o We need authority for all we do (Matthew 28:20, Ephesians 5:10, Colossians 3:17, and I Thessalonians 5:21).
o Florida College is a pack of wolves in sheep clothing (Matthew 7:15-20), not a safe haven of 500 like minded individuals. Such is to be avoided (I Thessalonians 5:22).
5. “Brian would I b in error to worship with a congregation that I know to b in error however close to the truth but with one small error . I feel that I would not b worshipping in truth ad spirit.”
Š Just one error puts a soul outside of Christ, so there are no small errors (James 1:16; 2:10-12). Here are some Scriptures that will confirm you should not worship with the erring: Psalms 26:4-5, Psalms 119:115, Proverbs 9:6, Proverbs 12:11, Proverbs 13:20, Jeremiah 15:17, I Corinthians 15:33, II Corinthians 6:14-17, II Thessalonians 3:6, I Timothy 5:22, and II John 9-11.
Š As noted in question #4, what we think is not important. God is clear!
6. “The question was asked during bible class this morning that I do not have the answer to. Can you shed some light on it for me? Which of Noah's three sons did the Gentiles come through?”
Š Japheth (Genesis 10:1-5).
Š Later all of creation were scattered upon all the face of the earth (Genesis 11:1-9).
7. “Why was Moses prevented from entering into the land of milk and honey? Since he wasn’t allowed in should we talk of him as faithful?”
Š Moses failed in obeying God (Numbers 20:1-12).
Š Moses was only permitted to see the land and STILL YET he continued to obey God until the end (Deuteronomy 34:1-6).
Š Yes, we should talk of him as faithful (Hebrews 11:23-29) understanding that he still faced the consequence for his transgression.
8. “What verse in the Bible says we are to do unto others as they have done unto us?”
Š An eye for an eye was the civil law under Moses (Exodus 21:22-25, Leviticus 24:19-20, and Deuteronomy 19:16-21).
Š That law is no longer in effect (Matthew 5:38-42; cf. Romans 7:1-6).
Š The New Law: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12).
9. “Is it wrong to borrow from someone and not give back to them?”
Š First, we should ask if such an action is right (Colossians 3:17). We find no authority to borrow and not repay.
Š In addition to the fact that we do not have authority to shirk our debts, such dishonesty is also spoken against in God’s word (Psalms 37:21, Romans 12:17, Romans 13:8, II Corinthians 8:21, and I Peter 2:12).
Š Even the “Good Samaritan” teaches the need to pay the bill (Luke 10:35).
© 2010 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