Read Matthew 7:1-6. As we discussed before, Study #30, Self-Examination, page 59, the Lord put us in the judging
business. What must happen in order for
us to judge correctly? How ill you be
judged (verse 2)? Does this mean you shouldn’t judge then (John 7:24)? Read 1 Corinthians 2:1-3:3. What kind of wisdom must we be proclaiming amongst everyone? What kind of attitude must we possess when
preaching the message of the cross (verse
3)? Do you think proud and boastful
messages accent the message of the cross?
Did Paul try to persuade using philosophical or psychological arguments? What did he want men’s faith to rest on (verse 5)? Who is it that can understand the message of the Spirit, worldly
Christians or mature Christians? If you
tend to follow or trust your own opinion or wisdom, will you accept the
spiritual message? What is evidence
that a Christian is still worldly (3:3)? Read Romans 12:1, 2.
What must we do to live a life pleasing to God? Must we transform our minds to be able to
correctly judge (test and approve) what is God’s will for us? If you are worldly, can you determine what
is God’s will for you? Read Romans 14:1-4. Are you to make judgements based on
disputable matters? What kind of
attitude should you have concerning disputable matters (verse 3)? Should you
condemn anyone or look down on anyone because they do not agree with you? A judgement must be made in order to
determine what the revealed things of God are from the Scriptures and what is
speculation or a disputable matter (matters of opinion).
Read 2 Corinthians 4:1-12. What kind of fruit must you produce in order
to have a credible ministry (verse 2)? What must be set forth plainly? If someone cannot understand the truth set
forth plainly in the Scriptures what is wrong, the person or the message (verse 3, 4)? What is the message you preach, yourself or Jesus? Should you expect trouble when you preach
Jesus to everyone? Should you let this
trouble stop you? What must you give
yourself over to so that Jesus’ life is evident in your body (verse 10-12)? Read Proverbs 12:16.
A spiritual man must be able to judge without taking things personally,
without being offended and taking his ministry more seriously than he takes
himself. Read Ephesians 4:1-3. What is the fruit of a life lived worthy of
the calling we receive in Christ? Read Philippians
2:14-16; 2 Peter 3:14. If
you are still given to complaining and arguing, are you not still worldly? Why should we live blameless lives? What are we holding out, our own opinions or
Jesus’ words? If our focus is really
Heaven, on what will be spending every effort?
7-23. What are some evil
fruit that mark the ways of those in darkness (given to falsehood)? Rejecting authority and slandering celestial
beings is a sign of what? What also
marks the false teacher (verse 16, 18, 19)? What attitude must you have toward them (verses 22-23)?
Read 2 Peter 2:1; 1 Timothy 4:1, 2. What kind of teachers snake their way into
the church? Can we stop that from happening?
Is there a way to recognize them (2 Peter 2:3, 10, 12-14, 18-20)? What ways do these people follow? How are their consciences? Read Revelation 2:2.
What was a commendation Jesus had for the Ephesian church? Is it possible then, for false teachers to
be proven false? What must we do?
Examine them (1
John 4:1)! How does
someone’s spirit acknowledge Jesus?
According to their fruit! Read Matthew 7:15-20.
Can you tell from their appearance?
What are the fruit? We discussed
some of these fruit already this week.
There are many kinds of evil fruit the false prophet bears, shown in how they talk and how they live (1 Timothy 4:16).
Review some of them again in Monday’s and Tuesday’s Scriptures.
Let’s read again about the
false teacher’s methods: Matthew 7:15-20.
What is their main strategy against being detected? They themselves could be deceived, being
cloaked by pride because of their holy appearance and general acceptance. But they themselves are like their master: 2 Corinthians
11:13, 14. What kind of
principles do they use to justify their actions or teachings (Colossians 2:8)? The ways of man and the world may seem right
and wise (knowledgeable), but are they stable (Ephesians 4:14)? They make merchandise of the saints—they are
good talkers and they will cause you to question yourself if you try to
question them (2
Peter 2:3). They want to do
things their own way because they despise all rule and authority and they want
to fulfill their own lust (2 Peter 2:9).
They want to promote liberty from godliness, thus promoting
licentiousness, and will make you seem a fool for agonizing through the narrow
2:20-23; Galatians 4:9).
Do not submit to these men nor to their ways for even a moment (Galatians 2:5).