Sermon for the Starving Bible Believing Christians All Over the World Wide
- Touchet Baptist Church, Touchet, Washington - Pastor Mike Paulson - 2005
the way of God more perfectly - Acts 18:26
the Scriptures Rightly Divided - II Timothy
And he began to speak boldly
in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard,
So, Now That We
Have Been Learning
the Way of God More
they took him unto them, and expounded
unto him the way of God more perfectly.
This is especially addressed to the men at Touchet
although the women are still welcome to be encouraged
by this sermon...
Not as though I had already attained, either
were already perfect:
but I follow after, if that I may apprehend
that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
We certainly are aware that we have not yet attained that perfection
that II Timothy says we will arrive at some day, but we still know that
we have not been on the road TO truth but that we have been on the
road OF truth as we have stayed with, stayed in and stood for the
King James Bible!
I think of Acts 4:13 Now
when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were
unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of
them, that they had been with Jesus. Now we know how
this verse fits dispensationally, and so we also should know how it fits
with us. We have not seen Jesus as these two men had, but
we have seen Him through our salvation - through that King James Bible
- through Rightly Dividing the word of truth and now we learn that we can
receive more and more understanding as we allow Him to deliver us more
and more to His choice destinations!
We have seen Jesus Christ - in that Book!
We ought to have grown closer to HIM by now (Rev
3:20) and further from playing church, religion, education,
the ways of the world, etc. Christ ought to be becoming more
and more real to us.
Then we have the typical response
from our friends and family. Acts
26:24 And as he thus spake
for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself;
much learning doth make thee mad.
We must also remember Moses and how he was so
unwilling to allow God to use him!
He was a learned man, but learned in the world - he was publically
educated - oh no! Yes! - Acts 7:22
And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of
the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
But he still was afraid and even argued with the LORD - Exodus
3:11; 4:1,10,13 - see 30,31
- and yet, the folks still did believe. (ah, but what
comes next is another sermon. haha).
It wouldn't hurt for us to remember Jeremiah, either.
Jeremiah 1:6 Then
said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
God's response to Moses and to Jeremiah was the same to us today
And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh
the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou
Jeremiah 1:7-10 But
the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all
that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith
the LORD. Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth.
And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.
See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to
root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build,
and to plant.
Today, we have those words in that King James Bible!
II Timothy 3:16,17
We have the fancy equipment, the computers, the
Just since January, after a whole year of Paul, when we heard about
Forth in 2005, we were given opportunity to learn:
What else could we have learned?
To stand fast with Paul
The peace of God from the God of Peace
How to Rejoice with Paul
The Prayer Requests of Paul for Us - for our example to our kids, etc.
About the 'another Christ' and 'another Spirit' and another 'gospel!'
How not to be beguiled by the devil and the world
Many warnings TO US as presented by Paul
The many things Paul figured we already knew
The many more things Paul would expect us to learn
The truth about how Cornelius
How to die well - (you live well!)
Rightly divide the marriage "issue"
How to Rightly Divide without rejecting the 'other' NT books - Heb,
Ja, Jn, Pt & Rev.
What we should be delivered FROM
What we could be delivered TO - if only...
Why we won't allow ourselves to be delivered TO...
Things in our life are NEVER God's judgment, only consequences and afflictions
with their many reasons...
The many many MANY riches of that full assurance of understanding!
Romans 15:4 For
whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,
that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Boy, that ought to kill the Hyper thought of rejecting the OT being FOR
And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that
they be not unfruitful. This is directed towards those
folks wanting to serve the Lord in various ways and ministries.
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever
state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased,
and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed
both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
I Corinthians 4:6
And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and
to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men
above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against
Romans 16:17 Now
I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary
to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Philippians 3:17 Brethren, be followers
together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
WITHDRAW - TURN AWAY!!!
This is a weird observation, but explain to me why people mark the brethren
because they are not 'perfect' in their walk, and so their kids and family
won't be around them, but they will associate with modern bible users,
non-church going families with kids learning the ways of the world, etc.
Figure that out!!! Is someone measuring themselves by themselves,
and comparing themselves among themselves? If so, they are not wise.
Psalm 119:7 I
will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy
It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
OAs our days grow more difficult, we can actually get into the Book more
and closer to Christ Himself!
Ladies can learn at home still - yes, even today.
Corinthians 14:35 And if they will
learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame
for women to speak in the church.
I Timothy 2:11,12 Let the woman learn
in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor
to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
Think and do what you want or are forced to do, ladies, but this is in
Paul's gospel for your judgment seat. I know - I know... but this
is still in Paul's gospel!
How wicked the world really is / news / beguiling
examples, etc.... I John 5:18-20,
Or, we can
learn the HARD WAY:
I Timothy 1:20 Of
whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto
Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. (Also
Or not learn at all!
Timothy 2:17,18 -
And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and
Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past
already; and overthrow the faith of some.
II Timothy 3:8
Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also
resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
I Timothy 5:13
And withal they learn to be idle, wandering
about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies,
speaking things which they ought not.
II Timothy 3:7 Ever
learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
II Peter 3:16
As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which
are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and
unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
We are told
II Timothy 2:23 But
foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
We are even to told NOT
to think like an unsaved person...
This I say therefore, and testify in
the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity
of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated
from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of
the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves
over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him,
and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
We have been given the complete Bible - the mind
of Christ! We will have no excuse! Our opinions mean nothing!
We are told NOT to learn the way of the heathen!
Jeremiah 10:2 Thus
saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at
the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
I know, it is to Israel, but we still have heathen today... so don't learn
their way. Remember, at that time, WE were the heathen, but now we
(role reversal for kids, churches, teen groups... , bibles,
feelings, sensuality, images, music, etc.)
They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them:
But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. And
they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.
(we do not destroy false prophets, vain words, simple speeches, flatteries,
wrong friends, abusive people, false doctrine, churches & denominations,
We are actually told to still increase
Proverbs 1:5 A
wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding
shall attain unto wise counsels:
Proverbs 9:9 Give
instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man,
and he will increase in learning.
Proverbs 16:21 The
wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth
Proverbs 16:23 The
heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
Now, let's DO what we have learned,
Philippians 4:9 - Those
things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in
me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
II Timothy 3:14-17 And
that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to
make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That
the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
This dispensation of grace that we are in is not the dispensation
of excuse - or license to continue doing wrong. Wrong is still
wrong and we ought not be doing it. Right is still right, and we
should learn to do more of it.
It just should be easier to do right now
that we have a pure motive and the right motive - for HIS glory!
Now, this is the stuff that will NOT burn!