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Lesson 19: How to Test Teachers, Part 2 (1 John 4:1-6)

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In a continued look at this passage, Pastor Daniel brings forward the words from the Apostle John, challenging believers to “proactively evaluate the doctrine and ministry of those who claim to speak for Christ.” Looking previously at the call to test teachers (V. 1), he now moves further into the text, fleshing out a couple of tests that can be administered to those who proclaim God’s Word. Christians should 1) Look at a teacher’s doctrine and 2) Look at a teacher’s ministry. With those tests in hand, listeners should then think of how to respond to any false teaching discovered. This should be done with “loving, gentle hearts” without being “ignorant of danger and our responsibility.”

Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff

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