Moving Forward in the New Year
Dangers We Must Avoid
7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
- The Danger of False Doctrine.
- What is False Doctrine?
- The Bible has many warnings about the dangers of False Doctrine.
- There are several ways we might deal with this problem of False Doctrine.
- The Danger of Division.
- The danger of division amongst believers.
- Divided churches cannot grow.
- Jesus prayed specifically that his people would be unified. (John 17:20-21)
- We as a Church must be unified.
- The Danger of Extremism and Moderation.
- Believing and practice of Truth is good.
- This threat is significant. (Galatians 2:4-5; Romans 14:15-20)
- We use words like liberal and conservative to describe the extremes.
- The Danger of Over-reaction.
- What is over-reaction?
- The New Testament encourages balance.
- The effects of over-reaction are destructive.
- A balanced Church is a growing Church.