Biblical Discernment03


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Biblical Discernment03

  1. 1. Biblical Discernment Weighing God’s Truth against a World in Error
  2. 2. The Need for Biblical Discernment: In Regards to Reading (Part 2 of 3)
  3. 3. Why do we read? <ul><li>Pleasure </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>To escape reality </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Enrichment </li></ul><ul><li>Because they have to </li></ul>
  4. 4. What do we read? <ul><li>We read what we want to read. </li></ul><ul><li>We read what we like </li></ul><ul><li>Our reading choices are ultimately a matter of taste </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, taste does not define truth. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why should we read? <ul><li>So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, </li></ul><ul><li>do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31) </li></ul><ul><li>To know God </li></ul><ul><li>To know ourselves </li></ul><ul><li>Gain vicarious experience </li></ul><ul><li>Increase our perception and imagination </li></ul><ul><li>Train our minds to think critically and logically </li></ul><ul><li>Teach us self-discipline </li></ul>
  6. 6. Scripture speaks to the importance <ul><li>Sabbath &quot;Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him: (Matthew 12:3). </li></ul><ul><li>Divorce and remarriage &quot;Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, (Matthew 19:4). </li></ul><ul><li>True worship and praise &quot;Yes; have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast brought perfect praise'?&quot; (Matthew 21:16). </li></ul><ul><li>Resurrection &quot;Have you never read in the scriptures: 'The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'? (Matthew 21:42). </li></ul><ul><li>Lawyer who queried him about eternal life &quot;What is written in the law? How do you read?&quot; (Luke 10:26). </li></ul><ul><li>The apostle Paul gave reading a great place in the life of the church… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; (2 Corinthians 1:13) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, (Ephesians 3:3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. (Colossians 4:16) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. (1 Thessalonians 5:27) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What we should read. <ul><li>The Bible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (II Timothy 3:16) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Theology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Good theology systematizes and explains the Bible in ways we would be hard pressed to come up with on our own. Few of us are a Jonathan Edwards, John Owen, J.I. Packer, or John Piper, and we would be wise to learn from them.” </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What we should read. <ul><li>Literature </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Therefore in reading [non-Christian authors], the admirable light of truth displayed in them should remind us, that the human mind, however much fallen and perverted from its original integrity, is still adorned and invested with admirable gifts from its Creator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God has set up the world so that even non-Christians can find truth…We can’t expect non-Christians to have sound theology, but they are some of the best authors in other subjects. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>While we read widely, there is a balance: “It is not the reading of many books which is necessary to make one wise, but the well-reading of a few, could they be sure to be the best.” </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Conclusion <ul><li>We need to read and we should read widely </li></ul><ul><li>We read the Bible and theology first and foremost </li></ul><ul><li>We read literature and history and culture </li></ul><ul><li>We need to read with Biblical discernment </li></ul>