Presentation on theme: "Introduction The Possibility Some Causes for Being Wrong The Consequences of Being Wrong How to Avoid Being Wrong What to Do When You Learn That You Are."— Presentation transcript:
Introduction The Possibility Some Causes for Being Wrong The Consequences of Being Wrong How to Avoid Being Wrong What to Do When You Learn That You Are Wrong
The Possibility No one is above being wrong! –Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-6) –Moses (Numbers 20:8-12) –Israel in the wilderness (Numbers 13:27-14:10) –David (2 Samuel 11:1-12:14) –Peter (Matthew 26:69-75)
The Path to the Wrong Conclusion I accepted someone else's word.I accepted someone else's word. I approached the agreement with a preconceived idea,I approached the agreement with a preconceived idea, I read into the agreement what I wanted it to say,I read into the agreement what I wanted it to say, My intent was sincere and honest; I only wanted to do good.My intent was sincere and honest; I only wanted to do good. I only read part of the information, not considering everything that was said.I only read part of the information, not considering everything that was said.
The Path to the Wrong Conclusion Many put too much stock in what others say. –Creeds (Church fathers, Popes, reformers) –Preachers –Parents –Spouses –Friends Numbers 13:31-14:4 Matthew 15:8,9 Galatians 1:6-9
The Path to the Wrong Conclusion The danger of a preconceived idea –We all have some preconceived notions. –Preconceived ideas do not formulate truth! –We MUST be honest and humble with truth. (2 Kings 5:11) –Some allow pride and their egos to blind them to the truth. (Proverbs 14:12) Proverbs 14:12 Acts 17:11,12 2 Timothy 2:15 I think... I want... I feel...
The Path to the Wrong Conclusion The danger of a preconceived idea –The danger of reading into a text that which is NOT there…or of not seeing what is there The plan of salvation The church of Christ The worship of the church The work of the church Proverbs 14:12 Acts 17:11,12 2 Timothy 2:15 I think... I want... I feel...
The Path to the Wrong Conclusion Sincerity and honesty alone are not enough. –David (1 Chronicles 13:15:2,13) –Paul (Acts 23;1; 24:16) –Cornelius (Acts 10) –Sincerity and honesty motivate us to keep searching for the truth. –When we close our eyes to the truth, we cease being sincere and honest. Proverbs 30:12 Jeremiah 10:23 2 Corinthians 13:5
The Path to the Wrong Conclusion Not considering all the evidence –The inductive Bible study method (2 Timothy 2:15;3:15; Psalm 119:160) –Many misunderstand the Scriptures SIMPLY because they fail to apply this fundamental rule to reading/study. (Matthew 4:7) –Examples: Plan of Salvation; Worship; Work of the Church. Proverbs 14:8 Jeremiah 4:22 Ephesians 5:17
Consequences of Being Wrong We cannot afford to be wrong regarding matters of faith: –Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) –The Deity of Christ (John 8:24) –What we must do to be saved (Acts 4:12) –Acts of worship (John 4:24) –What we do in service to the Lord (Colossians 3:17)
Consequences of Being Wrong Temporal consequences: –Sin causes hardship (Proverbs 13:15) –Brings difficulty upon our children (Exodus 34:7) –Contributes to society’s decadence (Matthew 5:13-16) –Can cause others who follow us to be lost (Genesis 6:5,6)
Consequences of Being Wrong Spiritual consequences: –Family’s spiritual well being (Luke 16:19-31) –Examples before others (Philippians 2:15) –Eternal consequences (Revelation 20:11-15; John 5:28,29; 12:48; 2 Corinthians 5;10,11)
Consequences of Being Wrong If I am wrong, who is at fault? –Jesus came to reveal the truth and the way (John 8:32; 14:6) –The Holy Spirit revealed all truth (John 16:13; 2 Timothy 3:16) –We can read and understand God’s words (Ephesians 3:3-5) –They are not too difficult to obey (1 John 5:1-4)
Consequences of Being Wrong If I am lost because I’m wrong, who is at fault? –We cannot excuse ourselves on the basis of sincerity (Romans 10:1-3; Acts 23:1;John 4:24) –We cannot excuse ourselves by arguing that God’s word is too difficult to understand and obey (Deuteronomy 30:11-14)
Conclusion I am wrong—now what? –I must turn away from my error (REPENT) –I MUST do whatever God requires of me BelieveBelieve RepentRepent Confess ChristConfess Christ Be baptized into ChristBe baptized into Christ
Conclusion I am wrong—now what? –I must turn away from my error (REPENT) –I MUST do whatever God requires of me * Repent Confess Sin Confess Sin Pray and seek God’s forgiveness Pray and seek God’s forgiveness
Your soul is too valuable (Matthew 16:26) You can know the truth (John 8:32; 14:6) You can obey the truth (1 Peter 1:22)