6/18/2006 ~ Steadfast in the Lordís Doctrine

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, ...
~ Acts 2:42

~ It is important to be saved and to stay saved.

                                                 Some did not grow. <─┐
... much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
~ Hebrews 5:11

    ┌─> Some were hindered.
You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? ~ Galatians 5:7

┌─> Some turned and walked no more with Him.                         
... "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. ..."
~ John 6:66-68

It is essential that we individually continue in the word.

... "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed." ~ John 8:31

Identifying the Apostles Doctrine

"He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, ..." ~ Luke 10:16
└─> Came from Christ. <───────┐                                                           
... And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. ... ~ John 12:44-50

... acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments
of the Lord. ~ 1st Corinthians 14:37

... the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. ...
~ Galatians 1:11-12

By revelation of the Holy Spirit:

... has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: ...
~ Ephesians 3:1-5

... the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you
all things, ... ~ John 14:26

... whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth ...
~ John 15:26-27

... when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; ...
~ John 16:12-14

~ We need to read the text and understand what has been made known.

Apostles were ambassadors:    

... we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 5:20

"For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; ..."
~ John 17:8

"I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them ..."
~ John 17:14

"As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world."
~ John 17:18

"He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him
who sent Me." ~ Matthew 10:40

... and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. ~ Acts 2:43

Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, ...
~ 1st Thessalonians 4:8

The words given to the Apostlesí by Christ are relevant.

Earthen vessels:                  

... that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
~ 2nd Corinthians 4:7

... but the word of God is not chained. ~ 2nd Timothy 2:8

... the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.
~ 1st Timothy 1:11

The message is the treasure entrusted to the Apostles.

... and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. ...
~ 2nd John 1:9-11

It is important to stay or abide in the word of God.
~ It is the doctrine of Christ.

This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. ...
~ 2nd John 1:6-7

And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life
is in His Son. ... ~ 1st John 5:11-13

We need more than just belief.

"... those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate."
~ Revelation 2:14-15

What do we practice?

... beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees ...
~ Matthew 16:12

... He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.
~ 2nd John 1:9

Doctrine of Christ = Apostles' Doctrine

We need to preach or teach:        

... if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received,
let him be accursed. ~ Galatians 1:6-9

... that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, ...
~ 1st Timothy 1:3

... the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. ~ Jude 1:3

We need to have correct conduct:

Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, ... ~ Philippians 1:27

... that they may adorn the doctrine of our God our Savior in all things.
~ Titus 2:9-10

... holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. ~ 1st Timothy 3:9

We are not to teach another doctrine and we are supposed
to adhere to the faith living by the gospel delivered once for all.

We need to continue in:                

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, ...
~ Acts 2:42

... the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received
and in which you stand, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 15:1

... and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, ...
~ Colossians 1:23

We need to obey:                           

... fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who
do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 2nd Thessalonians 1:7-8

... though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart ...
~ Romans 6:17

Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied ...
~ Acts 6:7

The gospel is something you submit to.

... called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.
~ Acts 13:7

... seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. ~ Acts 13:8

... he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
~ Acts 13:12

Jesus gave warnings:     

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, ...
~ Matthew 7:15

"... many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,'
and will deceive many." ~ Matthew 24:4-5

Apostles gave warnings:

... men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples ...
~ Acts 20:29-30

... false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles
of Christ. ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 11:13-15

... some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and
doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocricy, ... ~ 1st Timothy 4:1-3

... For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine,
but according to their own desires, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:1-4

... By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; ...
~ 2nd Peter 2:1-3

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, ... ~ 1st John 4:1-3

Some do not want the truth or to be controlled by sound doctrine.

... "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, ...
~ 2nd Peter 3:4

Many do not teach the truth.

... many false prophets have gone out into the world. ... ~ 1st John 4:1-3

We must prove all things. ~ It is all of our responsibilities.

Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
~ 1st Thessalonians 5:21-22

... And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, ...
~ Revelation 2:2

... they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
~ Acts 18:25-26

... be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.
~ Titus 1:9

But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: ...
~ Titus 2:1

... no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every
wind of doctrine, ... ~ Ephesians 4:14

Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. ...
~ Hebrews 13:9-19

... according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of
the world, and not according to Christ. ~ Colossians 2:8

We must remain vigilant and stable in our knowledge of the truth.

Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.
~ Psalm 119:104

Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right;
I hate every false way. ~ Psalm 119:128

What God says about worship is crucial.

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, ...
~ Colossians 3:17

Truth or Error?

... The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, ...
~ Philippians 1:15-18

For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, ... ~ Galatians 1:13-14

... I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day." ~ Acts 23:1

... I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus ...
~ Acts 26:9

... an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly
in unbelief. ~ 1st Timothy 1:13

... false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies,
... ~ 2nd Peter 2:1-2

... note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine
which you learned, and avoid them. ~ Romans 16:17

... if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, ...
~ 1st Timothy 1:10-11

... but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel
of Christ. ... ~ Galatians 1:6-9

... when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel,
... ~ Galatians 2:11-14

... but test the spirits, whether they are of God; ... ~ 1st John 4:1

... By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. ~ 1st John 4:6

There are a lot of sincere and good people who do not obey the truth.

Believe, teach, obey.
Truth and error is by what is taught.
~ What do we do?

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather expose them. ... ~ Ephesians 5:11-12

... who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine
which you learned, and avoid them. ... ~ Romans 16:17-18

But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about
the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. ... ~ Titus 3:9-10

... Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, ...
~ 2nd John 1:7-11

Teach the truth in Love

... every part does its share, causes growth of the body
for the edifying of itself in love. ~ Ephesians 4:16

... seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
~ Colossians 4:6

Our goal is to teach people so they, we may know the truth.

A little leaven leavens the whole lump. ~ Galatians 5:9

Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, ...
~ 1st Timothy 4:16

We must follow in the Apostlesí Doctrine
to maintain fellowship with the Father and the Son.

... For you are the temple of the living God. ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 6:14-7:1

... He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory
of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 2nd Thessalonians 2:14

Is your worship of God steadfast?





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