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And He Himself gave some to be....evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ...
- Ephesians 4:11-12

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Pastor - Providence Reformed Baptist Church
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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Learn to Discern

I am a few weeks behind on posting my sermons online due to circumstances already lamented earlier. But now I am finally catching up. While we have learned this last week how the world is influencing the way we think, talk, act, look, and even worship we need to know what we are to do about it. And the answer is that we must Learn to Discern. Discernment, understanding the difference between right and wrong, good and bad, sound and unsound doctrine is the key to obeying the command that we not be conformed to this world! And that is the title of my newest sermon series started a few weeks ago - Learn to Discern.

The first message in this new series is taken from Hebrews 5:11-14 where we learn what prevents discernment and the basic things that we need in order to learn how to discern. In this message we also learn that to fail to discern is actually a SIN! Yes, to be undiscerning is to be walking in sin. What makes us 'dull of hearing'? What is necessary for us if we are to learn to discern the difference between good and evil? We must learn to discern if we are to walk by faith and obedience to the Word of God.

Here is the message online available to download or listen to for free as always:

Can You Hear Me Now?

The second message in this series takes up where the first left off. Hebrews 6:1-12 tells us what the milk of the Word is, what those elementary doctrines of the faith include. And then the writer gives us avery stern warning about the "Peril of Not Progressing." If we hear the Word, participate in the church, see the work of the Spirit, understand the gospel - and then reject it all, we cannot find repentance! Just like Nahum's message to Nineveh - there was not a message that they should repent, for it was TOO LATE. They were told only to prepare for the doom and judgment that was coming. Likewise in the church today there are those who see, hear, and understand the gospel and yet they reject it, refuse to obey it, and deny it - and for them, there is no hope!! Sound harsh? Yes. But it is true. There is a great and serious peril if we do not progress and move on to maturity. To fail to discern then is to miss the staggering difference between right and wrong and between life and death.


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