Sermon Notes 2017 11 05 PM

November 05, 2017 PM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1815
#4 in series

BIG TRUTHS IN SMALL PACKAGES
The Danger of Being Open-Minded
2 Peter 1:12-21; 1 John 4:1-6

Preaching is a four-fold responsibility:

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The Reformation was Word-centered. The fundamental assertions of the Protestant reformers were:

1) The Supremacy and sufficiency of Scripture

2) Justification by faith alone

3) The right and duty of private judgment

What has happened over time is false teachers have camped on the third and forgotten the first.

I. TRUTH IS THE BASIS OF BIBLICAL FAITH (2 Peter 1:12-18)

We must guard against:

1) The emphasis on __

2) Having a __ that puffs up

By way of reminder, beware of:

II. TRUTH IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK; IT'S WHAT GOD SAYS

“Verses 20-21 do not teach that it is wrong for Christians to read and interpret the Bible; the Word was given to us to be read, obeyed, and passed on to others. ‘Private’ (own) means ‘by itself.’ No passage of Scripture is to be interpreted ‘by itself,’ that is, apart from the rest of the Word of God or apart from the Holy Spirit who gave it. Prophecy did not come by the will of men, so it cannot be interpreted by the natural mind. The Spirit gave the Word, and the Spirit must teach us the Word.” – Warren Wiersbe

III. TRUTH MUST BE LIVED OUT IN A WORLD OF FALSE TEACHERS (1 John 4:1-6)

“Neither Christian believing nor Christian loving is to be indiscriminate. In particular, Christian faith is not to be mistaken for credulity. True faith examines its object before reposing confidence in it.” – John Stott

“They draw the substance of their teaching from the godless world.” – Hiebert