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Hearing is the first step in God's Plan of Salvation and there are many competing reports and news in our world that do not save.

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Romans 10:17 ESV
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

The First Step an Introduction by Greg Gates

I. What is Hearing

As defined by the Bible
the meaning of hearing is the idea of a report and a recognition of that report or news.
Everyone say “Recognition”
For instance in Mk 1:21-28
Mark 1:21–22 ESV
And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.
In Cepernaum on a Sabbath(Saturday), Jesus teaching astonishes the people and the rulers with His teaching...
Mark 1:23–24 ESV
And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.”
This unclean Spirit know who Jesus was (a demon who is not saved)
Jesus demonstrates His authority over the Demon(unclean spirit)...
Mark 1:25–27 ESV
But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”
They were all amazed
Mark 1:28 ESV
And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.
Jesus heals a Man with an Unclean spirit and verse 28 of Mk. 1 says...
Some versions use fame or other versions use news
Mark 1:28 NIV
News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.
Mark 1:28 ASV 1901
And the report of him went out straightway everywhere into all the region of Galilee round about.
So the hearing that brings about Faith is recognizing
the news
the fame
the report about Jesus.
Romans 10:17 ESV
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Romans 10:17 YLT
so then the faith is by a report, and the report through a saying of God,
Romans 10:17 NCV
So faith comes from hearing the Good News, and people hear the Good News when someone tells them about Christ.
[So then the question becomes, what have you heard???]

II. What Have You Heard?

Acts 19:2 ESV
And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
Now it is clear that if one is saved the Holy spirit is involved.
Also we can see that it is important what news; fame or report you’ve heard.
We need to recognize what Jesus told a Pharisee to know that the Spirit of God must be involved with salvation...
John 3:1–2 ESV
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”
This man Nicodemus was listening and recognizing who Jesus was
however hearing alone never saves...
John 3:3 ESV
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
This temporarily confuses Nicodemus...
So Jesus explains more
John 3:4–5 ESV
Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
Then Jesus gives more explanation...
John 3:6–7 ESV
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
Too many in the world hear and follow that which is of the flesh
if man created it; it is of the flesh
if man voted on it; it is of the flesh
if man authorized it; it is of the flesh
religious institutions have no authority to create anything spiritual
that authority and source is only found in God
if you hear and obey something not in the Bible then it can only give birth in the flesh.
John 6:63 ESV
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
What have you heard?
is it of man
or is it of God
[God’s Word only creates God’s purposes…]

III. Where Your Hearing Takes You

Acts 19:3–4 ESV
And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.”
We have a lesson in baptism coming up Sunday morning 9:30am you will have to attend that to learn more
however I want you to see that one can be baptized wrong
and it is because of what they heard
One who obeys God’s Word without addition or subtraction is one who is a Christian only
that is all that God’s Word makes
that is the only place His Word takes you
God makes this point at the beginning
the middle
and end of His book
Deuteronomy 4:2 ESV
You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you.
Proverbs 30:6 ESV
Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
Revelation 22:18–19 ESV
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
This is why hearing is so important where God’s salvation is concerned
over time much has been added to God’s Word
over time much has been subtracted from God’s Word
[So what do we do about what we hear???]

IV. What to do about Your Hearing

Acts 17:11 ESV
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
It is in the Bible that man finds salvation
It is not found in Man or human institutions
Just as you cannot divide up God’s Word
You cannot divide up God’s Church
that is mans doing and not God’s
2 Timothy 4:3 ESV
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
We know that man does not like what truth provclaims
what the Bible teaches
what God commands
You have free will and you can choose what to obey
but there is only one Lord; one Faith; one Baptism
you get more than one by adding and subtracting
Matthew 15:7–9 ESV
You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: “ ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”
Sincerity is only good if it’s righteous
it’s only righteous if it comes from God
men are swayed by sincerity; God is not
Sincerity fools us into thinking we’re right
when all along we’ve been sincerely wrong...
2 Corinthians 4:3 ESV
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
When you hear the truth Boo; chapter and verse
harden not your hearts...
Hebrews 3:7–8 ESV
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness,
Tonight we have covered Hearing as a part of God’s Plan of Salvation
tomorrow we’ll hear about Believing; Repenting and Confessing
if you’d like to arrange a study of the Bible let us know...
Today we’ve learned what is hearing
we’ve questioned those things we’ve heard
Hearing sets a destination for us
Something must be done about what we hear...
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