Learn From The Mistakes Of Others – Not Your Own

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager



I. Introduction:

A. Mistake [“an action or judgment that is misguided or wrong(New Oxford American Dictionary); “an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mistake?s=t)] = NOT GOOD (Isaiah 32:6 and James 1:16). 

1. When one makes an error, goes astray, they are lost and need brought back (James 5:19-20).

2. This is no “minor” matter (Ezekiel 18:4, Romans 6:23, and Revelation 21:8).

B. There are some things we MUST focus on not to make mistakes…

1. Not being ignorant (Mark 12:24).

2. Don’t listen to the wrong people (Jeremiah 23:32).

3. Don’t follow your own way, like Israel did (Isaiah 53:6).

4. Think, think, think (Proverbs 21:23 and Ephesians 5:8-10).


II. Body: The Scriptures Give Us Mistakes Of Others To Learn From (I Corinthians 10:1-12).

A. We can learn about not hardening our hearts (Hebrews 3:6-4:2).

1. You provoke God when you disbelieve what He says (Numbers 14:11 and Numbers 14:22-23).

2. It is a matter of the heart, which will not be unpunished (Psalms 78:12-22).

3. The reception of the word of God requires faith (I Thessalonians 2:13).

B. We can learn how NOT to treat our brethren (I John 3:11-12).

1. Brotherly love has been taught since the Lord began teaching (John 13:34-35, John 15:12, I Thessalonians 4:9, and I Peter 1:22).

2. Not as Cain (Genesis 4:1-15; cf. Hebrews 11:4).

C. We can learn how God is serious about even little details (James 2:10-12).

1. Details, as small as sticks, matter (Numbers 15:32-36).

2. Even if you have good intentions (II Samuel 6:6-7; cf. Matthew 7:21-23).

3. He said speak to the rock (Numbers 20:1-13).

4. Cannot leave the other undone (Matthew 23:23-24; cf. I Timothy 5:21).

5. Doing part of what you said you’d do is not good enough (Acts 5:1-10).

6. It just takes a little leaven (Galatians 5:7-9).


III. Conclusion: Don’t repeat history; learn from it (Romans 15:4; cf. II Peter 2:6).




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