The Master’s Class, Summit Church
IS IT NICE TO BE NARROW-MINDED PART 2 (Revelation 2:18-29)

IS IT NICE TO BE NARROW-MINDED PART 2 (Revelation 2:18-29)

May 21, 2017

One of the greatest lies that Satan has put in the minds of Christians is that it is not right to stand up for the absolute truths that are found in the Bible. Satan, and the world, say that it is not nice to narrow-minded in our beliefs, for we might offend someone. They ask how can you, as a Christian, possibly be so sure that you are right, that you would take such an offensive stance as to say that another person’s religious beliefs are wrong? Are there not many ways to please God and have eternal life?

I am here to tell you today, that there is only one way to find eternal life and that is through the blood of Jesus Christ. God tells us in His Word that it is ok for us to confront error in the church when it raises it head. In fact, He commands it and that we commit a sin when we fail to do so. Now, it must be done Biblically, and lovingly, and firmly, but it must be done.

Click on the link below to hear the second part of a sermon about a church which thought it was nice to be broad-minded about their faith, and what the Lord had to say about that. What the Son of God says about being tolerant of those who would teach something other than what is in the Scripture.

DEALING WITH FALSE TEACHERS (Romans 16:17-18)

DEALING WITH FALSE TEACHERS (Romans 16:17-18)

November 30, 2015
How do you deal with those who deliberately, not accidentally, teach a doctrine that is different from what is found in the Bible?

When a Jehovah’s Witness comes to your door, what do you do?  Do you engage in a debate with them, or do you shut the door?

How do you identify what is true and what is false in the teachings of people who profess to be Bible believing Christians?  They may even be in the leadership of the church as the pastor, or a deacon, or a Bible teacher.  How do you know when they begin to teach something that is false?

Many of these people will use the same words that we use, but they use a different dictionary to define them.  They say they believe in Jesus as the Christ, but they mean a Christ who was not the Son of God.  They say they believe in the resurrection, but they mean a spiritual resurrection, not the physical, bodily resurrection that the Bible declares occurred.  

The subtlety of these teachings is that they use a paraphrased truth from the Bible and then mix it with a lie, for the very best lies are based on a fragment of truth.  Just enough truth to seduce you, but filled with the lies of a false religion.  

Our lesson today is on how to deal with false teachers in the church and on your doorstep.  Today, as Christians we have two weapons to combat Satan and his disciples which are sufficient for our victory in spiritual warfare: the Spirit of God and the Word of God.  Filled with the Spirit, we can unsheath the Word of God to answer every devilish challenge that Satan and his demons can make.  All the craft and subtlety that Satan can muster is useless if the believer can began every statement with the words “Thus saith the Lord”.  

If there comes among you a teacher who knowingly and willfully does not teach the truth about Jesus Christ as He is defined in the Bible, then Paul says that we are to mark them, to shun them, and to avoid them.  We are to correct them under the leading of the Holy Spirit, but if that fails, then they are to be removed from the body of believers just as you would a ravening wolf that was prowling among you.
THE HOLY SPIRIT LEADS (2 Cor. 2:5-13)

THE HOLY SPIRIT LEADS (2 Cor. 2:5-13)

January 30, 2012

Do you know how to discern God's will and then apply it to your life? 

In this verse-by-verse study of 2 Cor. 2:5-13 Paul describes how the Holy Spirit leads us.  

How He leads us in dealing with those believers that have strayed from the will of God.  

How the Holy Spirit works in conviction of the fallen brother, and how He leads us in our efforts to reconcile that fallen brother.  

How He leads us in the path that we are to travel.  

How He leads us as He opens doors for our lives and He closes doors for our lives. 

Listen and learn how to discern God's will for your life.

THE SILENCE RULE (1 Cor. 14:26-40)

THE SILENCE RULE (1 Cor. 14:26-40)

October 17, 2011

God is a God of order. 

Paul tells the Corinthians, and the modern day tongues movement, that if there is chaos and confusion while the gift of tongues is exercised, then it is not of God.  

He then establishes the rules that are to govern the use of the spiritual gifts.  

Listen to what the Word of God has to say about the practice of tongues and discover the history of the modern day tongues movement in this verse-by-verse study of 1 Corinthians 14:26-40.

THE REASON FOR TONGUES (1 Cor. 14:7-25)

THE REASON FOR TONGUES (1 Cor. 14:7-25)

October 9, 2011

Why would God create the gift of tongues and then have Paul spend so much time talking about what a poor gift it is? 

Paul answers this question by first talking about the limitations of speaking in tongues, and then he establishes the reason for the gift of tongues.  

Listen and learn what the Word of God has to say about this spiritual gift that is so abused and misused in our world today in a verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 14:7-25.

THE CASE FOR LOVE AND PROPHECY (1 Cor. 13:8 to 14:6)

THE CASE FOR LOVE AND PROPHECY (1 Cor. 13:8 to 14:6)

October 2, 2011

In this lesson Paul completes his description of agape love, and then he compares it and the gift of prophecy to the gift of tongues.  

He tells us of the permanence of agape love and how tongues fail. 

He tells us of the supremacy of prophecy over tongues. 

He tells us to desire that which is permanent and that which is of more value to the body of Christ. 

Here what Paul has to say in this verse-by-verse study of 1 Corinthians 13:8 to 14:6. 

Listen and be blessed by the Word of God as we learn a description of Jesus Christ.

THE GIFT OF LOVE (1 Cor. 13:1-7)

THE GIFT OF LOVE (1 Cor. 13:1-7)

September 25, 2011

Paul describes the gift of love as the more excellent way.  But this kind of love is more than an emotion.  It is an act of will. 

Love involves the heart, the mind, and the will. 

Love is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. 

Although we are to covet earnestly the best gifts, they are to be exercised in love, and only the Spirit of God can do that. 

Love is the thing that needs to be added to every gift of the Spirit. 

Without love your gift is worthless. 

Paul describes this wonderful gift in a verse-by-verse study of 1 Corinthians 13:1-7. 

Listen to how the Word of God describes agape love and be blessed.

GIFTS AND UNITY OF THE BODY (1 Cor. 12:14-31)

GIFTS AND UNITY OF THE BODY (1 Cor. 12:14-31)

September 19, 2011

The spiritual gifts are designed by God to edify the body of Christ.  Just as the various parts of the human body work together to accomplish the goals of the body, the members of the body of Christ are to utilize their various spiritual gifts to accomplish the goals of Christ for His church.  Each gift is to work in unity with the other gifts. 

Paul explains how this harmony is to work in a verse-by-verse study of 1 Corinthians 12:14-31. 

Listen to the blessing that the Word of God has for you in this study.

THE SOURCE AND UNITY OF THE GIFTS (1 Cor. 12:10-13)

THE SOURCE AND UNITY OF THE GIFTS (1 Cor. 12:10-13)

September 12, 2011

The source of all spiritual gifts is the Holy Spirit.

The unifying intelligence behind the gifts is the Holy Spirit.

The method of receiving the gifts is the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Paul explains all of these in a verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 12:10-13. 

Listen as God's Word will enlighten your view of these wonderful gifts.

THE GIFTS OF THE LORD’S SERVANTS (1 Cor. 12:1-9)

THE GIFTS OF THE LORD’S SERVANTS (1 Cor. 12:1-9)

September 8, 2011

What is the difference between a talent and a spiritual gift? 

How are they to be used differently? 

How can you tell if someone's gift is from God? 

In this verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 12:1-9 Paul describes how God grants to each believer a spiritual gift and how they are to be used.  

Listen to what God's Word has to say about these gifts.

THE ORDER IN FELLOWSHIP (1 Cor. 11:1-16)

THE ORDER IN FELLOWSHIP (1 Cor. 11:1-16)

August 14, 2011

Has God established an order in His worship services? 

What is God's intended relationship between man and woman? 

Who is the man's head? 

Who is the woman's head? 

Who is Christ's head? 

These are the questions answered in this verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 11:1-16.

WHAT IS THE COST OF INFIDELITY? (1 Cor. 6:16-20)

WHAT IS THE COST OF INFIDELITY? (1 Cor. 6:16-20)

May 22, 2011

In today's lesson we are going to talk about what occurs when either a believer, or a lost person, chooses to have a sexual relationship with another person outside of the bounds of marriage. How many people do you think are involved when two unmarried people begin a sexual relationship? How many people are involved when one, or both, of the partners are married to someone else?In this verse-by-verse study of 1 Corinthians 6:16-20, Paul is going to answer these questions in our lesson today, and he is going to do it by showing us the cost of our infidelity to God and to our spouses.

WHAT IS GOD’S PURPOSE FOR OUR BODY? (1 Corinthians 6:9-15)

WHAT IS GOD’S PURPOSE FOR OUR BODY? (1 Corinthians 6:9-15)

May 15, 2011

Have you ever asked yourself what God's purpose was in giving us a body? 

Why did He not just leave us as spiritual beings?

Why did He make us unique in all of creation by giving us three parts: body, soul, and spirit?

Could it be that from the very foundations of the universe God has had a particular purpose in mind for us?

The answer is yes, God does have a purpose for us and our bodies.  Not only in this life, right now, but for all of eternity. 

This is the lesson that Paul wants the Corinthians to understand, that they are tools that God intends to use to serve His purposes, and for them to fulfill that purpose they must keep their bodies pure.

This is a verse-by-verse study of 1 Corinthians 6:9-15.

To Be Wronged By a Brother (1 Cor. 6:1-8)

To Be Wronged By a Brother (1 Cor. 6:1-8)

May 8, 2011

What does the Bible say about how believers are to react when another believer steals from them, or lies about them? 

Of course, our natural reaction is to want to tell the world about what this person has done to us.  However, the Bible tells us that there is something much more important at stake.  The testimony of the church, and the believer, must be our main focus.

Paul gives us the answer to this question in a verse-by-verse study of 1 Corinthians 6:1-8.

The Danger of Tolerated Sin (1 Cor. 5:5-13)

The Danger of Tolerated Sin (1 Cor. 5:5-13)

May 1, 2011

Our churches, afraid of confrontation, have chosen to tolerate the flagrant, willful sin of its members.

Why do we do this?  The Bible is certainly clear that we are not to tolerate it, so why do we do this?

Paul answers this question in this verse-by-verse study of 1 Corinthians 5:6-13.

THE DISCIPLINE OF A FATHER (1 Cor. 4:15 to 5:5)

THE DISCIPLINE OF A FATHER (1 Cor. 4:15 to 5:5)

April 10, 2011

In our lesson today, Paul is going to talk about a father's discipline.  He has been telling the Corinthians about the judgment that is to come.  He has been telling them about how Christ will judge their works. 

But today he adds another element.  Paul tells the Corinthians that he is their father in Christ, and that he is going to exercise discipline on them. 

This podcast is a verse-by-verse study of 1 Corinthians 4:15 through 5:5.