Last week we looked at the New Testament and how God used eyewitnesses like the Apostle John to record the Gospels and how Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would remind them of the things He said.
There are many warnings in the Bible against trying to change God’s Word and there are serious consequences for anyone who messes with it.
Today, as throughout church history, many false religions and false prophets or teachers teach lies about God and Jesus. Even some who claim to be Christians or pastors are false teachers, teaching things contrary to the Scriptures. We must be on guard. The Bible is the only Word of God, and it must be our final and absolute authority.
It is important for you to know what God’s Word says. That way you will realize when someone is trying to trick you by adding something to it. You can be like the Bereans in the book of Acts who listened to the teachers and then studied the Bible to be sure that what they were taught was true.
- How did God tell the Israelites to test whether a prophet was a true one or a false one?
- Why were those in Berea called more “fair-minded” than those in Thessalonica?
- How often did they search the Scriptures?
- Is there another gospel of Christ?
- What did the Apostle Paul wish upon a man (or an angel!) who would preach any other gospel? What does this tell you about how God views false prophets or teachers?
- What did the Apostle Paul warn the Ephesian elders about?
- What will be the goals of these false teachers?
- What are some destructive heresies being taught in the church today?
- How many will follow these false teachers? And what will be the outcome for the church’s reputation?
- What does Jesus warn about in this passage?
- How are we to tell real prophets from false prophets? What are some good examples of good fruit and bad fruit (see Galatians 5:19-24)?
- What are we commanded to do in verse 1? How can we do that?
- How can we distinguish the Spirit of God from false spirits?
Review the memory verse with your family.
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
that statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
Thank God for His all-sufficient Word. Ask Him to help you discern truth from error and to recognize false teaching, whether coming from outside the church or from inside. Thank Him for His Holy Spirit who guides us into all truth.