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Bible Teaching that Matters. Preserving the faith from error. Headings for Tonight. Introduction and reminder of previous subjects this month What is “the faith”? How can we define “error”? What Christ & the Apostles say about “preserving the faith”

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bible teaching that matters

Bible Teaching that Matters

Preserving the faith from error

headings for tonight
Headings for Tonight
  • Introduction and reminder of previous subjects this month
  • What is “the faith”?
  • How can we define “error”?
  • What Christ & the Apostles say about “preserving the faith”
  • Preserving the faith today, in practical terms
introduction and reminder of previous subjects this month
Introduction and reminder of previous subjects this month
  • Our overall heading for March is “Bible Teaching that Matters”
    • Why does Bible teaching matter?
    • Because it is THE WORD OF GOD!

We are looking at certain vital matters of Bible teaching

This month:-

    • The importance of having beliefs based upon revealed truth (March 3rd)
    • The need for repentance and baptism (March 10th)

AND TONIGHT,

    • Having found the faith, the vital need to preserve it!
what is the faith
What is the faith?
  • In essence, we can say (to use the words of Acts 8:12) that the faith (or the Gospel) consists of:

“Good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ” (ESV)

The kingdom of God..

  • … is the kingdom of Israel, God’s kingdom in the past which Christ is heir to (Luke 1:32).
  • When restored, at Christ’s return, that kingdom will have a worldwide dominion (Daniel 2:44)

The name of Jesus Christ..

  • …means Saviour Anointed. He became our Saviour through his atoning sacrifice for sin. He is Israel’s Anointed king, heir to the kingdom of God.
how can we define error
How can we define “error”?
  • It may be unpalatable to many, but…
  • In scripture, there is truth and there is error
  • The Psalmist wrote this:

Ps 145:18-20

The Lord is near to all who call on him,

to all who call on him in truth.

19 He fulfils the desire of those who fear him;

he also hears their cry and saves them.

20 The Lord preserves all who love him,

but all the wicked he will destroy.

ESV

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How can we define “error”?
  • The Apostle John had this to say:

1 John 4:6

We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

  • Christ said this in John 17:3-4,16-17

this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent…They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

what christ the apostles say about preserving the faith
What Christ & the Apostles say about “preserving the faith”
  • Have a look at what the Apostle Paul warns of:

Look up Acts 20:17-31

Look up Galations 1:1-2,6-9

  • Turn on to some words of James

James 4:1-4

A warning against the influence of the world at large

  • See what the Apostle Peter has to say. Look at
  • 2 Peter 1:2-4, 20-21; 2:1-3
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What Christ & the Apostles say about “preserving the faith”
  • We see that all the Apostles warned about a great departure from sound doctrine and practice, which was to begin immediately after they left the scene.
  • What about the solution to this problem?
  • What did the Apostles have to say about that?

Have a look at some words of Jude (a half-brother of Jesus):

Jude 3-4 (again a warning), now vs.20-23

  • Jude counsels a positive approach
  • How about Paul?

Ephesians 6:10-18

preserving the faith today in practical terms
Preserving the faith today, in practical terms
  • “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17 ESV)
  • All of those spiritual qualities we saw in the ‘soldier’ analogy derived from the Word of God:
  • It is clearly vital to read the Bible, regularly, systematically, from cover to cover.
  • Not just to read it (with an open mind), but to compare scripture with scripture, so that we can “rightly divide it” (2 Timothy 2:15)
  • Earlier in this series, we saw the importance of regular prayer
  • We must put our faith into practice, beginning with a determination to change (repent) our lives and to be baptised.
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Preserving the faith today, in practical terms
  • We must continue to live the truth in our lives
  • Strive to develop godly qualities: virtue, righteousness, love for others, service to our lord, etc.
  • When new ideas or doctrines come along, compare them with the Word of God to decide whether they are true or false.
  • Seek the company (fellowship) of those who also hold true faith. Good company will support our faith: bad company can ruin it.
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Preserving the faith today, in practical terms

May God bless our efforts to get to know, understand and obey the truth of the Gospel!