What Cannot Replace God’s Word

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Adam Faughn2 Timothy 3:14-4:2

Introduction:

A. While it is true that, “of the making of books there is no end” (Ecclesiastes 12:12), one book stands alone in power and importance. It is the Bible.
B. However, the Bible is often put in a secondary place of importance to other things. This lesson will explore some of those things we can, too easily, let take the Bible’s primary place in our lives if we are not careful.

Body:

A. Experience (Proverbs 14:12)
1. Experience is a good teacher, but not every experience is good or right.
2. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).
3. When we experience something, we need to run it through the filter of Scripture.

B. Human Reasoning (Jeremiah 10:23)
1. Man, no matter how much we may not believe it, cannot figure everything out.
2. We want to build our own path, but we need to follow the path of God.

C. Majority Rules (Matthew 7:13-14)
1. It is heartbreaking, but Jesus said that the majority are lost!
2. It is so easy—in society or in the religious world—to simply give in to the larger movements. Scripture, however, must remain the standard; not simple popularity.

D. Conscience Alone (Acts 23:1)
1. Conscience is a God-given gift, but is must never be our sole guide.
2. A conscience must be trained, and it can be trained poorly, so we no longer feel bad for doing evil things.

E. Feelings (Genesis 27:21)
1. We can be emotional, but our emotions can be misguided or even wrong.
2. Feelings are so easily swayed. (“It’s all about love.”)

F. Tradition (2 Thessalonians 3:6)
1. Tradition is not always a bad thing. Some are good and helpful.
2. But not all traditions are good, and some people would rather hold on to their traditions than follow the clear teachings of Scripture.

Conclusion:

A. Intellectually, we know the things listed above should not take the place of God’s Word.
B. In practice, though, they can be so difficult to give up.
C. We must remember that Scripture will be what we are judged by (John 12:48).

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