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False Teachers 101

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Intro

-Counselor Hunt
Reason to Listen: If I had thought about who I followed, then I may have had a chance at winning. This idea applies to your life to.

Preaching Point

-Our passage this week is
-Recap Last Week (Titus 1:5-9)
-Paul Wrote to Titus to Help him Pick Good Church Leaders
Finding Faithful Role Models
-Finding Faithful Role Models
-Imitating them
-This leads us into our passage today...

10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. 11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.

There was an important reason that Paul wrote so much about finding good leaders.
Preaching Point- Equip yourself with biblical truth to combat false teachers.

Point #1- Beware of Sinful Influences

Paul writes...

10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party.

-FOR
-Qualified Leaders were necessary
-(Define these people/Explain ”Judaizers”)
-There were sinful influences
-What did they look like?
-Insubordinate
-Chores
-Empty talkers
-Freshman year of HS
-I had to recognize those people as negative influences
-You encounter/will encounter them as well
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-How did I handle this?
-Biblical Mentors
-Anomaly Album
-Not only in the world
-Deceivers
-These false teachers(sinful influences) will come from inside the church
-Wolves in sheep’s clothing
-Not necessarily leaders, but older students
-Measure their behavior w/ the Bible
-v.11 “shameful gain”
-Seek upperclassmen whose lives glorify God
-Twist villains
-there are sinful influences
TS: Once you become aware of the sinful influences in your life, you need to...

Point #2- Equip Yourself With Biblical Truth

It is an important first step to know who the sinful influences are in your life, but what should you do about them?
-Paul explains...

11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth.

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-These people were turning from truth (found in the Bible)
-The cretans were the worst of the worst (bad reputation)
-The Bible is the way we know truth
-Football Playbook

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

-What does profitable mean?
-16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
-Note the different ways that scripture is profitable
-Armor of God

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

The Sword of the Spirit is important
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
-Knight w/o sword
-Ways to equip yourself:
-Hear Good Teaching (Not just hear though)
-Be in Scripture For Yourself
-Follow Leaders (Ask Questions)
-Correct False Teaching w/ Your Knowledge
Jesus’s Temptation
TS: Only knowing the Bible in your head isn’t going to save you, you need to...

Point #3-Live your Life According to God’s Word

Let’s read verses 15 and 16...

15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.

-Paul writes about the fake way that these people lived
-verse 15 seems confusing at first (defiled??)
-You can’t be partly purified
-Both outside and inside have to match
-Jesus had similar words for the Pharisees
-They were the ultimate example

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.

-Verse 16
-What does each modifier mean?
-Detestable
-Definition:Deserving intense dislike
-Lukewarm water, , Laodicea
-Disobedient
-already covered
-their works don’t match their speech
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Conclusion

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