EXAMINE YOURSELVES
                                                           2 Corinthians 13:5-6 (859)


    Introduction

         A.  False teachers in the church in Corinth were denying Paul’s authority as an apostle.
               2 Corinthians 11-12

         B.  Paul instructed the Corinthian Christians to apply the same standard to themselves
               that some were applying to him.  2 Corinthians 13:5-6 (859)

         C.  Let’s consider four reasons for self-examination.

     I.  We need to examine ourselves because the Bible declares that we are sinners.

         A.  Proof passages:  Romans 3:10-18,23 (831); 1 John 1:8,10

         B.  Do we condemn others while failing to acknowledge our sins?  John 8:3-11 (787)

   II.  Another reason for self-examination is to develop an appreciation for the value of the
         conscience, and how to learn not to violate our conscience.

         A.  Proof passages:  2 Corinthians 1:12 (852); Romans 9:1 (835); Romans 14:1-3,13-14,
               20-23

         B.  The conscience can be trained.  Do not violate ones conscience.

  III.  We need to examine ourselves because people are inspecting us, and we want
         to have a good influence.  Matthew 5:16 (705)

         A.  We are responsible to God for our influence.  Roman 14:12 (839)

         B.  Question __________________________________________________________

  IV.  A fourth reason is to develop empathy.  Galatians 6:1 (862)

         A.  John Newton, an example.

Closing

         A.  Review

         B.  Invitation