“Ye Do Err”

 We do not mean to belittle people in any way, but “ignorant” and “confused” describe many good and honest souls in the world of religion.  Jesus said to those of His day, “Ye do err, (NKJV has “you are mistaken”) not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God” (Mt. 22:29).    Just how many people come under this same condemnation today? 
Look at some of the things which are taught and widely accepted today, but in reality are false doctrines:  The rapture; the thousand year reign; marriage, divorce and remarriage for any cause; how men (or women in the case of many religions) are called to preach; miraculous healing; once saved always saved; salvation by faith only; etc.  Those souls who believe theses things, among many other false doctrines, are gravely mistaken. These things are simply not taught in the Scriptures!
The only way to know the will of God is to study (Jn. 7:17; 2 Tim. 2:15: Acts 17:11).  Once we learn God’s word, we must obey it (Mt. 7:21f; Lk. 6:46). 

We do not want to come into judgment having lived in error concerning God’s will (Mt. 7:22-23).  We need to learn His will, obey in all things and continue faithful unto death.

 

Leon Brashear

The Symbols of the Bible, PowerPoint sermon

This is a PowerPoint sermon in PDF.   I got the idea for this lesson  from Leroy Brownlow. 

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Leon Brashear

“Before You Open This Bible……”

The above title is on a page of instructions that came with a new Bible I purchased some years ago.  The instructions deal with how to physically handle the Bible.  There are instructions on how to open it for the first time and how to gradually limber up the binding.  It is good advice for taking care of a Bible or any other book. There are also some things listed that one should not do.

This could also be applied to our spiritual handling of God’s Word.  There are some things we should do before, during and after our Bible study

  1. Pray. We need to ask our heavenly Father for wisdom as we study His Word (Js. 1:5).

2. Plan.  Have a plan for daily study and Bible reading.  This will help us to cover all of God’s Word (Ps. 119:160 ASV).

3. Persist.  Determine you are going to stay with your plan. Don’t give up! Study is hard work but it has great rewards.   There are no shortcuts in Bible study. It requires the best effort we can put forth (2 Tim. 2:15; 2 Pet. 1:3, 5, 10).

4. Practice.   When faithfully followed, the Word will mold us into what God wants us to be (Js. 1:22-25).  Let us have a strong determination to follow God’s Word.

5. Present.  We need to keep the fires of evangelism burning in our hearts (Mt. 28:19-20).

 Leon Brashear