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πŸ‘‘ No Sunday Morning Second-hand Sermons!

β€œStudy to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Rather than β€œsecond-hand” sermons, we need β€œstudy” sermons!

Long ago, a minister wrote the following: β€œMany sermons on Sunday morning are second-hand sermons, copied from some outline book published by the denominational headquarters… and that ought not be! Studying is hard workβ€”but it is profitable in the ministry!” In this day and age, I wonder how many sermons delivered from the pulpit are first downloaded from the internet?

Please do not misunderstand, friends. There is nothing wrong with consulting sources for Bible insight. We can all learn from teachers and preachers. However, there is a difference between using these sources and abusing them. Copying sermons verbatim is not ideal for two reasons. Firstly, the person copying is robbing himself of personal Bible studyβ€”not to mention running the risk of being greatly deceived! Secondly, those who will listen to the copied sermon will also be robbed of personal Bible studyβ€”to be deceived as well!

The reason why denominational headquarters are followed so meticulously is that people fear displeasing men. They dread upsetting the denominational leaders, for they just may be β€œout-of-work” and β€œout-of-church” if they drift too far from β€œapproved” verses and teachings! Today’s Scripture says that we are to be β€œapproved unto God;” beloved, we are not to be β€œmenpleasers.” Remember, β€œAnd whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” (Colossians 3:23).

We are looking for God’s approval, not man’s approval. The quicker we learn that, the more joyous we will be in the ministry. We will not be disappointed when people disapprove of us, for we were never looking for their approval anyway! β€œTherefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God” (1 Corinthians 4:5). source

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Verse for 2/17/2018

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. — Romans 8:35,37

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