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Accurately Handling the Word of Truth

  1. Introduction
    • Some insist that it is impossible for us to all understand the Bible alike....
      • But God says we can understand! (Eph. 3:4; 5:17; cf 1 Cor. 14:33)
      • The problem: "the untaught and unstable distort... the Scriptures" (2 Pet. 3:16)
    • How to accomplish this? (Acts 15:1-29)
  2. "Accurately handling the word of truth" means...
    • Seeing what God shows us
      • Acts 15:7-9 -- the events of Acts 10 (cf. 11:4-15)
      • Acts: 15:12 -- Iconium (14:3), Lystra (14:8-10)
    • Hearing what God tells us
      • Acts 15:13-18 -- taken from Amos 9:11-12
      • cf. Acts 11:16
    • Considering what God implies to us.
      • Acts 15:10-11 (cf. 10:28b, 34-35, 47-48; 11:17-18)
      • Acts 15:19,24-29
    • Respecting when God says nothing.
      • Acts 15:24 -- "to whom we gave no instruction"
      • cf. Leviticus 10:1, Hebrews 1:5;7:14
  3. Conclusion
    • These principles are fundamental to all human communication -- vocational, familial, legal, etc.
    • By applying these same means, we can...
      • "accurately handle the word..." (2 Tim. 2:15)
      • "Understand... the will of the Lord" (Eph 5:17)
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