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SERIES: Moving Forward (3 of 5)

TITLE: Dangers to Avoid

TEXT: Acts 20:28-30
PROPOSITION: We must avoid the dangers that threaten the church.
KEY WORD: Dangers


  1. Anytime a church is moving forward there will be dangers

  2. What if a rattlesnake was loose in the building? (it isn't)

  3. Would you want to know?

  4. Here are 4 dangers to avoid

False Doctrine

  1. False = something that is not true, a lie

  2. Doctrine = a teaching, taught for the purpose of leading people to obey God

  3. False doctrine = an attempt to lead people to obey something that is not true

    1. Matthew 7:15 false prophets in sheep's clothing

    2. Matthew 7:22-23 many say Lord, Lord

    3. Acts 20:28-30 take heed to the flock

    4. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 not endure sound doctrine

    5. 1 Timothy 6:3-5 not consent to wholesome words of Jesus

    6. Romans 16:17 mark ones who teach contrary to the doctrine and avoid them

  4. How do we avoid all the false teachings?

    1. Identify each one, flag it, avoid them impossible

    2. You would spend all your time with what is false

    3. Learn what is TRUE hold to it teach it

  5. The Bible must be our source for all truth

    1. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 inspired of God

    2. 2 Peter 1:3 all that pertains to life and godliness


  1. Division has always been a danger

    1. Romans 14:1 disputes over doubtful things

    2. Romans 16:17-18 cause divisions among you

    3. 1 Corinthians 1:10 speak same thing, no divisions

    4. 1 Corinthians 11:18 I hear there are divisions among you

  2. Matthew 12:25 house divided cannot stand

  3. Division will destroy every work of this church

  4. Jesus prayed for unity John 17:20-21


  1. Some take what is good and push it to an extreme

  2. Pharisees did this

  3. Extremism is a real danger

    1. Matthew 23:23-24

    2. Matthew 23:27-28

    3. Amos 5:19a - as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him

  4. We use labels liberal, conservative

  5. We act as if we are the only balanced one

    1. Stricter than me too conservative

    2. Looser than me too liberal

  6. Extremism is often the cause of false doctrine and division


  1. People tend to over-react to things

  2. They come from what others do

  3. We want to repair the false teaching or Division

  4. Example Luther saw wrong in Catholic Church went to other extreme

  5. Example Many try to repair division by saying that doctrine does not matter

  6. Balance is important


  1. If the church moves forward we must avoid the dangers

  2. They will destroy what is already built

  3. They will make our efforts useless

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