The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment” (Philippians 1:9).
Knowledge is a tricky business. In this week's Memory Verse, we're continuing our look (from last time) at the knowledge of man, the knowledge of God, and some of the dangers Believers face in their pursuit of God's knowledge and the defense of doctrines. We may think that we are in the right in our understanding, but are we? Do we understand the difference between doctrine and dogma - is dogma good or bad? Is indoctrination a good or bad thing? What is discernment? Let's look at what God's Word says on this topic to help us better understand how to be a discerning people for the Lord and correctly handle the Word of God, so that we can provide as accurate a testimony for Christ as possible to Believers and unbelievers alike.
May we diligently seek the Truth of Christ, desiring with all our hearts to come to an ever greater knowledge of our God and His ways. May we seek His will in all things. Even so, Amen.
Other verses to consider:
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
“Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know; but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him” (1 Corinthians 8:1-3).
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:9-13).
“But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men” (Matthew 15:9).
“As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14).
“As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines” (1 Timothy 1:3).
“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1).
“In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following” (1 Timothy 4:6).
“If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain” (1 Timothy 6:3-5).
“holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict” (Titus 1:9).
“But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1).
“Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings” (Hebrews 13:9a).
“For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the Lord And discover the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:3-5).
“Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).