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Don’t Look Too Heavily At The Messenger | Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

Don’t Look Too Heavily At The Messenger

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I. Introduction: This sermon is one that could easily be taken to an extreme one way or the other. So please, measure the Scriptures herein carefully (II Peter 3:15-18).

A. It is NOT my goal in this lesson to suggest that messengers should not be examined (Matthew 7:15-20).

  1. A teacher must live what he teaches (I Timothy 4:13-16).
  2. Part of teaching is living as an example (Titus 2:1-8).
B. Additionally, faithful fellowship requires us to examine (Ephesians 5:6-11).
  1. To know whom we are in fellowship with, we must know that person is in walking in such a way to be in fellowship with Christ (I John 1:3-7).
  2. At least as much as is possible on our parts (I Timothy 5:24-25).

II. Body: The Saints In Corinth Went To Both Extremes In Looking At The Messenger (I Corinthians 1:10-13 and II Corinthians 13:1-10).

A. The congregation in Corinth had some members that wrongfully examined Paul (I Corinthians 9:1-16 and II Corinthians 10:1-18).
  1. With this state of mind, they would easily follow the wrong men into error (II Corinthians 11:1-4; 11:12-15).
  2. They failed to see how much Paul cared for them and they abused him because of that (II Corinthians 12:11-15).
B. When too much emphasis is upon the person teaching the message can be missed (Ecclesiastes 9:13-16).
  1. The messenger cannot be exalted above the message (I Corinthians 4:1-6).
  2. Think about John’s wisdom in not allowing himself to stand in the way of Christ (John 3:22-31).
C. So what if a man is teaching the truth, but not living it? Who is judged for that (Romans 2:1-3; 2:17-24)?
  1. Hypocrisy doesn’t nullify the truth (Matthew 23:1-5).
  2. Do not receive the word of God as it is the words of the person delivering it (I Thessalonians 2:13).
  3. God has used a donkey to rebuke one in error (II Peter 2:15-16; cf. Numbers 22:1-34).
  4. Furthermore, even a hypocrite can correct themselves so that he or she can then correct another (Matthew 7:1-5).

III. Conclusion: The true treasure is the Gospel, those who faithfully teach it are just the earthen vessels that carry it (II Corinthians 4:7).

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