Test the Teacher

I John 4:1-6

We all know there are various ways for a teacher to test the student. But if we turn the tables, how do we test the teacher?

v. 1 - Danger of the false teachers. Note: The Holy Spirit will never, ever lead us contrary to the Word of God.

Ref: Acts 17:10-11
I Thessalonians 5:21
Ephesians 6:12
John 16:13-15

v. 2-3 - Distinction of all false teachers.

v. 4 - Dealing with false teachers.

v. 5-6 Distinguishing between good/bad teachers.

Ref: Matthew 7:15

Do you hunger to know God? Do you hunger for His Word?


Matthew 24:4-8

After Jesus announced to His disciples that the temple would be destroyed, they asked Him two questions:  1) When will this happen? and 2) What is the sign of your coming and the end of the age?  Matthew 24 and 25 is the Lord's response to these two questions and this section of scripture is referred to as the Olivet Discourse.  Let's look to the scripture and consider the signs of the time...

Sign #1 - The rise of false messiahs. v. 4-5     Satan is the master deceiver. 
            Reference:  Mark 13:21-22and I John 4:1

Sign #2 - Increased talk about wars and rumors of war.  v. 6-7a
             Reference:  Revelation 19:17-21

Sign #3 - An increase in natural disasters. v. 7b
              Reference:  Luke 21:10-11,  Revelation 6:12-17, and I John 3:2-3