Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs 22:21).

A Balanced Handling Of Knowledge The Lord With Your Words

A Balanced Handling Of Knowledge
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I. Introduction:

A. Knowledge can be dangerous (I Corinthians 8:1).

  1. Knowledge can cause one to overly trust in oneself (Isaiah 47:10).
  2. Knowledge can become a burden (Ecclesiastes 1:18).
  3. Even the learning process (Proverbs 1:5) can be dangerous (II Peter 3:15-17).
B. Yet, we know God expects us to have knowledge (Colossians 3:10, I Timothy 2:4, II Peter 1:1-12, and II Peter 3:18).
  1. Willful ignorance is inexcusable (Acts 17:30 and I Corinthians 15:34).
  2. People have erred because of such (Isaiah 5:13, Hosea 4:1-6, and Matthew 22:29).

II. Body: Properly Handling Knowledge (James 3:13).

A. Wise [skilled; expect, etc. Strong’s # 4680]; endued with knowledge [intelligent, experienced, one having the knowledge of an expert; Strong’s #1990]
  1. The right wisdom (Jeremiah 9:23-24 and Ephesians 5:15-17).
  2. The right knowledge (Proverbs 2:1-9 and John 5:39).
  3. Using that wisdom and knowledge in a good conversation [manner of life] (I Peter 1:13-17).
B. We are cautioned in the Scriptures against pride, arrogance, self-reliance, over-confidence, etc. (Proverbs 8:13, Proverbs 16:5, I Corinthians 4:1-6, I Corinthians 10:12, and I Peter 5:5-6).
  1. Through proper knowledge, handled correctly, the faithful know not to be those things wherein our Lord is displeased (Colossians 1:10).
  2. Jesus was seen as one that knew everything (John 21:17), but was able to walk humbly at the same time (Philippians 2:3-11).
C. It is wrong though to walk about putting on some acts that show some appearance of humility (Colossians 2:20-23).
  1. It is NOT wrong to KNOW the truth (John 8:31-32).
  2. We are not supposed to dwell in a realm of uncertainty (I John 5:13 and I John 5:20).
  3. It is not wrong for things to come easy to you at times (Proverbs 14:6).
  4. Confidence is not sinful (Acts 28:30-31, Ephesians 3:12, Hebrews 3:14, Hebrews 10:35-39, and I John 3:20-21).
  5. Those people that put on a show of false humility saying: “We could be wrong and you’d be our friend of you show us that.” -If you don’t know you’re right you need to STOP what you’re saying/doing (Romans 14:23)!

III. Conclusion: With proper motives, understand the value of knowledge (Ecclesiastes 7:12).

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