PREJUDICE TOWARD TRUTH

  Introduction
       A.  Our lesson deals with the egregious attitude of prejudice.

       B.  Webster’s New World Dictionary definition:  “An opinion formed before the facts
             are known; preconceived, usually unfavorable, ideas.”

       C.  Jesus described a spiritual condition that was the result of prejudice in Matthew 13:
             10-15 (713).

  I.  This attitude existed during the first century.

       A.  Examples

             1.  The Pharisees.  Matthew 13:14-15 (713)

             2.  The Jews in Antioch, Pisidia.  Acts 13:44-46 (814)

  II.  There is prejudice toward the truth today.

       A.  Examples

             1.  That people can be saved “out of the church.”

                  Consider:  Acts 2:47 (802).  The Lord adds the saved to the church.

                                    Ephesians 1:22-23 (863)  Jesus is head over the church.

                                    Ephesians 5:22-23 (866)  Jesus is the Savior of the body/church.

             2.  That baptism isn’t essential.

                  Consider:  Acts 22: 12-16 (823)  Paul was baptized to wash away his sins.

                                   Acts 2:26-38 (802)  Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins.

                                   1 Peter 3:20-21 (896)  “antitype which now saves us - baptism”

III.  Principles to help overcome prejudice.

      1.  Faith.  Hebrews 11:6 (889)

      2.  Obedience.  Matthew 7:21-27 (708)

Closing