Take Heed What Ye Hear
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. People who are erring do not generally want to hear that (Proverbs 1:20-32).
1. What they do is start listening to people who tell them what they want to hear (Isaiah 30:9-11 and II Timothy 4:3-4).
2. Hearing what you want keeps you falsely confident (Jeremiah 23:14).
3. Erring people will often even begin to hate the messengers of the truth (Jeremiah 11:21, John 8:40, and Galatians 4:16).
B. Therefore, weÕd better all make sure that our desire is for the truth [the word of God; I Thessalonians 2:13] (I Peter 2:1-2).
1. We cannot have the attitude of listening to the truth if only it is what we want to hear (II Chronicles 18:1-27 and Proverbs 15:12).
2. A willingness to apply the truth (Ezekiel 20:11) even if it is hard (John 6:59-69).
3. Delighting in and loving the truth (II Thessalonians 2:10).
II. Body: Mark 4:24 and Luke 8:18
A. Cease hearing things that cause you to err (Proverbs 19:27).
1. If any man teach otherwiseÉ (I Timothy 6:3-5).
2. Beware of the doctrines of men (Matthew 16:6-12).
3. Avoid (Proverbs 4:14-16 and Romans 16:17-18).
B. Be cautious HOW you hear (Acts 17:10-11).
1. HOW is with caution (Proverbs 14:15, Jeremiah 29:8-9, and I Thessalonians 5:21).
2. Not supposed to listen to things that will bring about doubtful questions (I Timothy 1:3-7; cf. Ephesians 4:14).
C. You will be accountable for what you hear (Colossians 2:4-8).
1. YouÕll not be excused for being led astray by a false doctrine/teacher (Isaiah 9:16 and II John 1:6-11).
2. WeÕre commanded not to be deceived (Ephesians 5:6-7).
D. Take heed [pay attention] to the truth (Psalms 119:9).
1. If through messengers, be sure they are faithful, proven, brethren (Matthew 7:15-20, Matthew 24:4, and I John 4:1).
2. DonÕt adhere to human reasoning and wisdom (I Corinthians 3:18-19).
3. DonÕt become a follower of men (Galatians 1:10).
4. Other things turn from the truth (Titus 1:10-14).
III. Conclusion: I Timothy 4:16
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