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Sound Doctrine: avoiding deception and error conerning the faith
Elkmont Baptist Church
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Church-Wide Sunday School Bible Study:
We are in the last days as described in the Bible and people will not and do not like to study the Bible or obey it. Paul said it this way to Timothy: "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;" (2 Timothy 4:3). On top of this truth is the complication that we are also inundated with virtually thousands of websites, books, videos, magazines and other media teaching false doctrine. 1 Timothy 6:20-21a: "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane
Our next study series in Sunday School will be on the Book of Genesis. The world calls this book a myth because they can't verify many of the events and characters in the book (and that's when they are being nice!). But what will we find?
vain babblings, and oppositions of science
falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith." In Ephesians 4:14 we read: "That we
and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men,
cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;".
So what do we see? Thousands of opinions, false teachings, deception, and generally a serious falling away from the truth as provided to us in the Bible. There are even those who outright reject teachings of Scripture (sound doctrine), claiming it is irrelevant, cruel, and more.
Yet, how can the serious student of the Bible navigate through all the clutter and religious refuse that is prevalent today and find solid godly doctrine? A quick glance at the concordance reveals that the warnings against false doctrines and deception more than double the number of references to seek and learn sound doctrine.
OK, you've decided, I'll do that - How? We at Elkmont Baptist Church are starting a journey through the Scriptures to discover first how to recognize sound doctrine and then some of the more important doctrines of the Bible. One hint: If man has to wrap a Biblical teaching with his own thoughts and opinions and provide an extensive explanation - it simply isn't sound doctrine! These are attempts to sleight of hand, craftiness we are warned about.
Come join us as we study the Scriptures and discover first what sound doctrine is and then many of those teachings of Christ we can fully depend on as sound!
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- Many Bible "mega themes" are started in Genesis - such as how God created the universe and the earth and in what order - and why.
We are introduced to sin and man's disobedience to God as well as God's promise to send a Savior. And many more!
- We will be introduced
to many important truths that God wants us to understand: our need for modesty and clothing, God's instruction for marriage, the important
of family, the concept of covenants, the consequences of sin, and others.
- We will learn about the pre-flood world and the post-flood
worlds and all of the changes that occurred and how they have affected us.
- We will examine a large number of evidences that not only
point to proof that the world-wide flood known as Noah's Flood did indeed occur, but evidences that also point to a young earth.
will be answered like:
- Where did all of the people groups and families of the earth come from?
- Are we all separate races or are we all one family?
- What are
clean and unclean animals and why are they different?
- Must man work by the sweat of his brow? Why?
- Why is childbirth so painful?
is the world so messed up today, and is there any hope for a decent future?
Genesis means "Beginnings." One of the discoveries we will find very early in the book is that Jesus Christ Himself was deeply involved in the creation, and that the name of God used in Genesis is Elohim, a plural name (three or more in Hebrew) and yet meaning a single entity (can you say Trinity?). We hope you will join us for this adventure!
Special Wednesday Night Study:
The Revelations of Jesus Christ as dictated to the Apostle John.
If ever there was a book that is relevant to our times, it is the Book of Revelation. Events seem to be accelerating towards some final finish - but what will that finish look like? Christians are being persecuted around the world, and it would seem the world does not care. Even our media in the U.S. mostly ignores the atrocites committed against Christian peoples, churches, and our Jewish friends.
The Book of Revelation speaks to several key issues that are of great concern today:
- Is there any hope or encouragement for the future?
- Where does the church fit into the final chapters of the earth as we know it?
is God doing with the Jewish people and Israel?
- Is the U.S. in prophecy specifically or just another country in the background?
there ever be a heavenly kingdom on earth that lasts 1,000 years?
- What is all this business about "beasts" found in the Bible?
close are all these things?
- How may I prepare if at all?
Please feel free to join us on Wednesday nights at 6:30 as we have a time of prayer and then open the Bible to explore these and other issues through the books of Revelation, Daniel, some of Matthew and others to build a solid composite answer for your questions and concerns.
Note: when John wrote the Book of Revelation, it was meant to encourage the persecuted believers of his time - seems like we need that encouragement today again.
Note: Studying the Book of Revelation has a special blessing placed upon it by God - and who couldn't use a special blessing?
Please join us on Wednesday nights!
Revelation: encouragment and endings