Some Never Believed
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. Let’s be sure to understand that those who DO the will of the Lord are those who really have a relationship with Him (Luke 11:28, John 15:10, and II John 9).
1. Just doing some of God’s will is not enough (Matthew 23:23-24, I Timothy 5:21, and James 2:10).
2. Don’t think that you can outweigh sin with some good works (Ezekiel 18:24).
B. We are told that there are fake Christians (Galatians 2:1-5).
1. Some have motives to draw away others (Matthew 7:15).
2. Some sneak in (Jude 3-4).
3. The fact is, amongst the called (cf. II Thessalonians 2:14), few are right (Matthew 22:1-14).
II. Body: This lesson is not about false teachers, this lesson is about people who are amongst disciples but were/are really unbelievers (John 6:59-71).
A. For some, they’ll just sit amongst any so-called “church of Christ” regardless of what is taught (Revelation 2:12-16).
1. This person’s loyalty is merely denominational in concept in that it is loyalty to the name “church of Christ” (Revelation 3:1-3).
a. Just wearing the right name does not mean a person or a group of people are right (II Chronicles 7:14).
b. We have to question more than just a name (Jeremiah 23:11 and Jeremiah 32:30-34).
2. Our loyalty needs to be to Christ (Hebrews 3:6) and the truth (II John 4-8).
B. Some people SAY all the “right” things in classes, discussions, etc. (Isaiah 29:13 and Mark 7:6).
1. Unfortunately for the talkers, God wants more than just our “right” words (Romans 2:13, James 1:21-25, and III John 11).
2. Even demons know the “right” things to say (Matthew 8:28-29), they tremble (James 2:19), but their doom is unchanged because of their apostasy (Jude 6).
3. All in all, we’re talking about hypocrites with these points (Matthew 7:1-5; cf. Job 13:16).
C. Today, like with what happened to Jesus (Matthew 28:17), some are simply not convinced (Ephesians 4:14) and therefore do not stand (Philippians 4:1).
1. Physically part of a sound congregation, then they move and worship with anyone who is “close” to the truth (Psalms 26:4-5 and Ephesians 5:11).
2. Physically part of a sound congregation, then they go on vacation [I guess from God and work] and worship in error (Psalms 119:44; 112 and I Corinthians 15:58).
3. Physically part of a sound congregation, but SECRETLY has many different beliefs (II Thessalonians 2:12 and Jude 5).
a. We know God expects unity among us (Ephesians 4:1-6).
b. This includes our way of thinking (I Corinthians 1:10 and Philippians 4:2).
III. Conclusion: Don’t just sit and act like something you’re not just to find out that pretending got you no where good with God (cf. Ezekiel 33:30-33).
© 2012 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