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(Acts 17:10–15) A Plea For Judges

(Acts 17:10–15) A Plea For Judges

by Stephen Davey
Series: Sermons in Acts
Ref: Acts 17:10–15

Explore the Bible's stance against false teachings. Learn the importance of judging spiritual matters with discernment, upholding Christ's deity, and respecting other faiths without compromising the truth.

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A Plea For Critical Thinking in a World of False Teachings

The rise of diverse spiritual movements, from Mormonism and Jehovah's Witnesses to New Age practices, presents a challenge to Christianity. While respecting other cultures and beliefs is vital, we must never equate them with the truth found in the Bible. False teachings often deny the divinity of Jesus Christ, leading people astray.

The Bible's Call for Discernment

The Bible encourages us to judge spiritual matters carefully:

  • Upholding Christ's Deity: 1 John 4:1-3 emphasizes testing spirits and recognizing those that deny Jesus as the Christ.
  • Identifying False Teachers: 1 Corinthians 5:1-5 addresses the need to judge those within the church who engage in open immorality.
  • Self-Examination: 1 Corinthians 11:28-31 stresses the importance of judging ourselves before partaking in communion.
  • Evaluating Truth Against Scripture: Hebrews 4:12 describes the Bible as the ultimate authority for discerning truth and error.

The Example of the Bereans: A Model for Believers

Acts 17:10-15 describes the Bereans as noble-minded because they:

  • Eagerly Received the Word: They listened to Paul's message with an open mind, ready to learn.
  • Diligently Examined Scripture: They compared Paul's teachings to the Old Testament, ensuring alignment.
  • Objectively Assessed the Messenger: They prioritized the message's truthfulness over Paul's credentials.

Application for Today's Christian

  • Foundational Doctrine: Scripture provides the blueprint for what we must believe and how we must live (2 Timothy 3:16).
  • Biblical Discernment: We must "stock our wagons" with God's Word to make wise choices with purity, sincerity, and integrity.
  • Equipping Others: True church growth happens as believers learn to share Scriptural truths with those who need spiritual guidance.

Respect and Truth: A Balanced Approach

We must respect individuals of all faiths, but we mustn't compromise the Gospel. The most loving act is to guide people towards the truth, not let them wander on a path without warning signs. Jesus proclaimed salvation through Him alone – that's the message of hope we must courageously share.

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