Sermon preached on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Garden Valley Chapel during our morning worship service based on Matthew 7:19-20.
Take your Bible if you will and open it to the seventh chapter of the book of Matthew where we conclude our study of verses 15 to 20.
In the same way Moses read for the people the words of the Law he had recorded the previous night, we too are in the business of reading God´s Word.
I invite you to stand in the reading of God´s Word. Read Matthew 7:15-20.
At no time in the history of the church has there been greater need for discernment than in our own day. The church desperately needs to heed our Lord´s warning in this passage.
Paul told Timothy in 1 Tim 6:20 -
20 ... guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge"-
He repeats the same principle in his 2nd letter in 2 Tim 1:14 -
14 Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.
That treasure is God´s Word and we must guard it - guard what has been entrusted to you.
To this end we look at our Lord´s warning in this passage to "beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep´s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves."
BEWARE - v. 15
BE ON THE LOOK OUT - vv. 16-20
As we mentioned in our last study of this text, our Lord masterfully gives us two fundamental areas by which we can test, verify, weigh, measure, and ultimately know these false prophets who come to us "in sheep´s clothing."
The two areas are that of character & creed. We began with character and today as we close our study of this portion of Scripture, we look to creed.
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. (ESV)
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