A. When many talk about teaching the Gospel, they say: “one can catch more flies with honey than vinegar” (https://www.mtairychurchofchrist.org/words-of-the-week-2016/catch-more-flies-with-honey).
- The quote from above was supported with these Scriptures which say nothing of the sort: 2 Timothy 2:23-26; Proverbs 14:7; Colossians 4:5-6
- The truth is, a desiring student of the truth will consider the word of God sweet as honey (Psalms 119:103) at least momentarily (Ecclesiastes 1:18 and Revelation 10:8-11).
- Man was not designed to direct himself (Jeremiah 10:23).
- When it comes to pleasing God, we have to adhere to what has been revealed in His word (I Thessalonians 4:1-2).
- This includes how to teach (Jonah 3:1-2).
II. Body: To Those That Perish, Real Preaching Is Foolish Because Of The Wisdom They Incorrectly Consider (I Corinthians 1:18-2:16).
A. What many will consider foolish is the preaching that saves (Acts 17:32; cf. I Corinthians 15:1-4).
- Even if the truth causes some to stumble (John 8:31-59).
- Even if the truth appears foolish (Acts 26:12-29).
- It is not a numbers game wherein successful teaching is measured by how many obey it (Matthew 7:13-14 and John 6:1-71).
- Teaching is not measured by whether or not someone wants to hear it, it is measured by whether or not it was taught (Acts 20:26-27).
- The preaching that was done in Thessalonica caused such an uproar that Paul had to escape the city (Acts 17:1-10).
- The faithful word is where salvation is found (Romans 1:16-17).
- Faithful men will use bold, plain speech (Acts 9:27-29 and II Corinthians 3:12).
- Sound words with all authority (Titus 2:1; 2:15).
- Not being crafty in getting the message across (II Corinthians 4:1-4).
- Think about how the church in Corinth erred in how they examined teachers (II Corinthians 11:1-33).
- A faithful teacher will want you to esteem the word of God higher than the messenger (Isaiah 2:22, Jeremiah 17:5-6, and I Corinthians 4:1-6).
III. Conclusion: Whether in teaching or anything else, let’s trust the Lord’s way of doing things (Proverbs 3:5-7).
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