GOD TEACHES US BY THE USE OF EXAMPLES

Introduction

1.Examples are powerful ways of teaching.  We learned to speak our language, to write, and to play games by observing and/or participating in the actions of others.

2. The examples of Christ, 1 Peter 2:21, and of the apostles, 1 Corinthians 11:1,  are given for us to follow.

3. The purpose of this lesson is to help us to become more cognizant of the role of examples play in God's teaching plan.

I. THE NEW TESTAMENT RECOGNIZES THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EXAMPLES.

 II. WE ARE TOLD BY COMMANDMENT OR DIRECT STATEMENT TO IMITATE BOTH THE WORD AND THE EXAMPLES OF THE APOSTLES.

 II. WE ARE TO IMITATE THE EXAMPLES OF THE APOSTLES BECAUSE OF THE SPECIAL PLACE AND AUTHORITY CHRIST GAVE TO THEM.

III.BY APOSTOLIC EXAMPLE WE LEARN MUCH ABOUT THE WORSHIP AND WORK OF A LOCAL CONGREGATION. By Examples Approved by the Apostles:

IV. BY APOSTOLIC EXAMPLE, WE LEARN THE PROCESS BY WHICH MEN AND WOMEN TURN TO GOD. See such examples in the cases of conversion noted in Acts 2,8,16,etc.

Conclusion: Surely we are on infallibly safe ground when we are careful to follow the examples approved by the apostles, the ambassadors or representatives of Christ.

 

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