“Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it”.
In today’s Church there are thousands of messages preached every Sunday morning, but has anyone ever stopped to analyze what messages are actually being preached? In this message I am asking everyone to put aside their doctrines and beliefs just for a few minutes and listen to a few things that may help us all live the lives we are called to live by Christ and things that will protect us from deception.
I would like to first focus on the hearers because many people think they are doers but they are not and hearers fall into three major groups. The first group of “hearers” love to run to this meeting or that meeting to get a “word” from God for their lives while most of the time their Bibles remain shut at home or they read a little of it once in awhile. The second group of hearers go to Church on Sunday to get a pep talk from their pastor or to catch up on the latest gossip, and then wait until the following Sunday to get another pep talk from him or catch up on the latest “news” with their friends. The last group of hearers turn on the TV to hear some “Dr. Feelgood” message from their favorite TV preacher so they can get through the day. Sadly, all three groups of hearers all have one thing in common and that is they never read the Word to make sure whatever is being preached or taught is actually in the Word of God. This failure has caused many Christians to become deceived and this is why we are told in 2 Timothy 2:15 to “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.
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