Don’t Listen To The Wrong People

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager



I. Introduction:

A. The Bible teaches us to take counsel from others (Proverbs 11:14 and Proverbs 15:22).

1. It is wise to listen (Proverbs 12:15).

2. We’re not to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-7).

3. We should take correction (Proverbs 15:32).

B. Yet, whom we listen to matters (Isaiah 30:1).

1. There is false counsel (Lamentations 2:14).

2. If you follow the wrong counsel you’ll fall (Isaiah 9:16 and Matthew 15:14).


II. Body: “Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge” (Proverbs 19:27).

A. We’re to take parental counsel (Proverbs 1:8, Proverbs 6:20, Proverbs 23:22, and Colossians 3:20).

1. However, that counsel cannot be against God’s will (I Kings 15:9-13, I Kings 22:51-52, and Ephesians 6:1-2; cf. Matthew 10:34-37).

2. A parent’s counsel SHOULD be more toward the guiding of the soul than the concerns of the flesh (Proverbs 23:13-14 and Ephesians 6:4).

a. It is good for a parent to want their children to succeed in this life (Proverbs 31:1-9).

b. Yet, it is NOT good if that success will cause that child not to keep the Lord as their priority (Colossians 3:2; cf. I John 2:15-17).

c. Some parents just offer counsel that fulfills their own will rather than the good of the child or godliness (II Chronicles 22:1-12).

B. We’re to take counsel from spiritual leaders (Hebrews 13:7 and Hebrews 13:17).

1. However, that counsel must be right in the sight of God (I Timothy 1:3-7).

2. Moreover, even though we should hear spiritual leaders (Titus 2:1-6), we should never listen to the point of becoming disciples of those men or women rather than God (Acts 5:29, Galatians 1:8-12, and III John 9-11).

C. Understand what God’s view of worldly wisdom is (I Corinthians 3:18-20).

1. What should you think of the counsel of the ungodly (Psalms 1:1-6)?

2. Walk with the right people (Proverbs 2:20, Proverbs 13:20, and Philippians 3:17).


III. Conclusion: Proverbs 9:6 and Proverbs 14:7.




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