Jesus 1st Requirement - BELIEVE ONLY the Good News - Matthew 7:15-20
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(A2) Open the session with prayer
(A3) How did you do on last session's B8 application?
(A4) Review of the "False Teaching is a Trap" message by Jonathan Pokluda - Messages
(1) What was the key thought you wrote down from listening to this message?
(2) False teachers are not just TV preachers but anyone in your life that presents an idea that paints an inaccurate picture of God or his will for you. It will trap you, it will cost you.
(3) How to kill a buck deer? Appeal to his pride. Appeal to his sensuality/sexuality. Appeal to his appetite.
(4) The false teachers don't try to hide their actions because they say they are godly. "Of course I'm materialistic, God wants me to have a lot. Of course I'm sexual, God made me a sexual being. I was born this way. This is what God wants for me."
(5) The unstable are those who do not know the word of God. The false teachers look for weak Christians.
(6) Every trap presents something enticing to you. Everything the world has to offer you and some of God. "You can be safe and comfortable. You can feed your own selfish desires."
(7) They say "Do whatever makes you happy" but the Bible says "Be holy as I am holy".
(8) Their target: baby Christian (just trusted Christ last week or trusted Christ 60 years ago but I never read my Bible). There was no regenerative work in their life because they never really studied the Bible. These are who are trapped.
(9) The way we avoid false teachings is to trust that what God offers us is better than anything the world offers.
(10) For people are slaves to what has mastered them. The trap is full of the trappers. Those who are trying to entice you. The false teachers don't even know they also are in the trap. They just consider themselves blessed.
(11) The trappers are people teaching false ideas. And they trap Christians by appealing to their worldly desires. And the only way to avoid being trapped is to learn the truth.
(12) Which ones of the above quotes did you like the most?
(A5) If you listened to the optional message, "Philippians - Week 2" by Todd Wagner, what did you think of it?
(1) One of the dangers mentioned was those who say seeking some experience to experience God instead of doing the 'hard' work of praying, studying the Bible, walking by faith, and daily dying to themselves.
(2) Another danger mentioned was the expectation that everyone must be doing miracles and always being healed from sickness. That the only reason why you are sick is because you don't have enough faith.
(3) The test for every teaching is it CLEARLY taught in the epistles? The more major a teaching is the more clearly it should show up multiple times in the Epistles. We must major (be focus on) ONLY on what the New Testament majors on. The two teachings in (1) and (2) are clearly NOT taught and therefore are being added and therefore are not Biblical and not true. Knowing your Bible well will save you from many destructive teachings.
(A6) Click here to view the applications and split into groups of 2 and work on saying word perfect from memory Application 1.
(1) Once you're back in the big group have everyone say application 1 by memory.
(A7) Who did you share the memorized app of session 1 with?
(A8) Overview: As a group, read out loud all of the bible verses in this session (all of the green text). Let God's word sink in.
(B1) Jesus 1st Requirement - KEEP believing ONLY the Good News
(B2) This session and the next 2 are on the 3 requirements that Jesus gives for how to enter heaven.
(B3) Matthew 7:15-20 "Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. (16) You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? (17) A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. (18) A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. (19) So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. (20) Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions."
(1) In v15 (verse 15) what are we to do?
(2) In v15 why are we to beware of them?
(3) In v19 what will happen to those who do not produce good fruit (actions)?
(B4) False prophets teach the wrong way to live and the wrong way to heaven and therefore people who follow them miss out on God's help here on earth and end up going to hell after they die. In v20 Jesus says we can identify the false prophets by their actions (what they teach, how they live, and their influence on others).
(1) How can we identify false prophets?
(B5) Galatians 1:6-8 "I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News (7) but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ. (8) Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you."
(1) In v6 what damage did these particular false prophets do to these Christians?
(2) In v6 why were they turning away from God?
(3) In v8 who will receive God's curse (which is hell)?
(4) From NLT Life Application Study Bible: "Some people were preaching “a different way.” They were teaching that to be saved, Gentile believers had to follow Jewish laws and customs, especially the rite of circumcision. Faith in Christ was not enough. This message undermined the truth that salvation is a gift, not a reward for certain deeds. ... Beware of people who say that we need more than simple faith in Christ to be saved. When people set up additional requirements for salvation, they deny the power of Christ’s death on the cross". False teachers say what is not enough? False teachers say salvation is not a _______ but a reward for certain ______.
(5) Galatians 2:16 "Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law." How are we made right with God? Can anyone be made right with God by obeying the law?
(6) Must know what is the Good News is VERY well so we are not deceived by different ways that pretend to be the Good News. Watch this 3 and 1/2 minute video illustration of the Good News: Click here.
(B6) Galatians 5:4 "For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace."
(1) What are the 2 end results of following the teachings of the false prophets?
(2) From NIV Study Bible "because gaining God’s favor by observing the law and receiving it by grace are mutually exclusive". We have to choose between earning God's salvation “and receiving it by _______".
(B7) Acts 17:11 "And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth."
(1) How did the people of Berea protect themselves from false prophets?
(2) Be on the lookout especially for verses being taken out of context or whole doctrines based on an stretched interpretation of a single verse or verses that contradicts what is plainly taught throughout the New Testament.
(3) If we attend a church, does Jesus want us to search the scriptures to see if their doctrine (set of beliefs) is supported by the Bible?
(B8) Jude 3 "But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people."
(1) From ESV Study Bible: "by the time that Jude wrote his letter, “the faith” had already been fixed and established in the apostolic teaching of the early church, and therefore could not be changed, ... nothing more could ever be added to Scripture, since the content of the faith had been delivered “once for all.”" What does "once for all time" mean?
(B9) Matthew 28:19-20 "Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, ... (20) Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you."
(1) According to Jesus, whose commands are we to teach?
(B10) 1 Timothy 4:16 "Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you."
(1) What happens if we don't keep a close watch on how we live (what we obey) and what we believe and teach?
(2) From ESV Study Bible: "Timothy’s perseverance in sound doctrine and practice will save him, i.e., it will lead him to persevere in the faith, confirming his salvation. This type of ministry will be effective in preserving his hearers as well." What will save Timothy? What will confirm our salvation?
(3) From CSB Study Bible: "Ultimately, salvation requires perseverance in faith. Romans 11:22 "Notice how God is both kind and severe. He is severe toward those who disobeyed, but kind to you if you continue to trust in his kindness. But if you stop trusting, you also will be cut off." In both quotations from (3) what does salvation require?
(4) 2 John 9 "Anyone who does not remain in Christ’s teaching but goes beyond it does not have God. " CSB What does this verse teach?
(5) Hebrews 3:14 "We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end." NIV What does this verse teach?
(6) Revelation 2:10 "Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. ... But if you remain faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life." What does this verse teach?
(B11) Review: For you, what verses made it clear that we should not be deceived by false teachings, but instead check everything with the Bible so we'll keep believing the Good News?
(B12) Summary: What we believe and put our trust in determines our eternal destiny so we must keep believing correctly. Don't be deceived by false teachings. Know Jesus' teaching so well so we can identify false teachers, false church doctrine, and false popular culture so we are not deceived to take the easy (and false) road to heaven. Our very life and those of our friends depend on it. Check not only what they are teaching BUT also if they are LEAVING OUT any of Jesus' teachings. Session 7 covers what we need to believe.
(B13) Application: Is there any change you can start applying today from some teaching in this session? Write it down so you can remember and do it and discuss how it went next session.
(C1) Assignment for session 3
(1) Memorize only applications 1 and 2 word perfect.
(2a) Install "The Holy Bible App" by Life.Church on your phone.
(2b) Create an account so your highlights will be saved when you switched phones.
(2c) Pick the NLT version to read.
(2d) Listen to the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5 -7) this week at least once. It'll take only 16 minutes. Write down one key verse to obey.
(3) Next Session: Complete session 3. We'll discuss session 3 next time. Remember you get out of the Bible what you put into it. Put in a little time and effort and you'll get a little bit out of it. Put in a lot of time and effort and the change in your life will be great. During the discussion, due to time constraints, not every point will be discussed SO keep studying session 2 until you understand it well.
(4) Listening to Sermon: Click here to watch or listen to session 3's "Lukewarm and lovin it" by Francis Chan
(5) Listening to Bible: Using the Bible App listen to Matthew chapters 5-7 this week, it'll only take 16 minutes.
(6) In a few days call and encourage each other on developing these new habits of studying the next session, listening to a sermon, and listening to the Bible. Also pray for each other's requests from this meeting.
(1) Share an update on last week's request.
(2) Share one thing you are thankful for this past week and 1-2 personal prayer requests for everyone to pray for this week.
(3) If you have time pray for the requests.
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