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We Are Not Catching Flies | Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

We Are Not Catching Flies

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I. Introduction:

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).

  1. 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
  2. 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).
B. The more flies with honey concept comes from the wisdom of the world. How should we view such wisdom (I Corinthians 3:18-19)?
  1. Man was not designed to direct himself (Jeremiah 10:23).
  2. When it comes to pleasing God, we have to adhere to what has been revealed in His word (I Thessalonians 4:1-2).
  3. 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).
  1. Even if the truth causes some to stumble (John 8:31-59).
  2. Even if the truth appears foolish (Acts 26:12-29).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
B. It cannot be watered down, sweetened, or diluted to make it easier to swallow (I Thessalonians 2:1-13).
  1. The preaching that was done in Thessalonica caused such an uproar that Paul had to escape the city (Acts 17:1-10).
  2. The faithful word is where salvation is found (Romans 1:16-17).
C. When you are measuring teachers and teaching, beyond the first measure of their fruit (Matthew 7:15-20), measure how the Lord wants His word preached rather than how palatable [pleasant to the taste] the delivery is (II Timothy 3:14-4:5).
  1. Faithful men will use bold, plain speech (Acts 9:27-29 and II Corinthians 3:12).
  2. Sound words with all authority (Titus 2:1; 2:15).
  3. Not being crafty in getting the message across (II Corinthians 4:1-4).
  4. Think about how the church in Corinth erred in how they examined teachers (II Corinthians 11:1-33).
  5. 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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