Followers of Jesus must carefully test every teaching by the truth of God’s Word. Pastor Dan Cox reads from 1 John 4:1-6.
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Discernment: The best way to discern error is to know the truth well.
Some Context First…
Walk with Discernment…
- Test the spirits (4:1)
- Know right doctrine (4:2-3)
- Rely on the Holy Spirit (4:4-6)
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings. True
There is one God who has revealed Himself in three different modes or manifestations: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. False
Jesus Christ is the God-Man; that is, He is partially God and partially human. False
Human beings were created in the image of God, but fell into sin and are now eternally condemned apart from salvation in Jesus Christ. True
Sinful human beings can be saved from eternal condemnation through faith in Jesus Christ and good works. False
The resurrection of Jesus is a physical, bodily resurrection and therefore the bodies of all believers will also undergo a physical, bodily resurrection. True
Jesus Christ is coming again bodily in great power and glory to judge the living and the dead, and He will make all things new. True
Three Contemporary Challenges to the Biblically Faithful Church
- Word Faith Teaching
- New Apostolic Reformation
- Cultural pressure on Sex & Gender
Applying the Text
- Know right doctrine well
- Actively practice discernment