Proverbs: Living Wisely – True or False


James 3:13–16; 1 John 4:1–6

Similar to Proverbs, James is a very practical book. Here, James gives a warning the people to be aware of false teachers and doctrine. First John was written to remind believers of the assurance of their salvation and the full divinity and humanity of Christ. The reference of antichrist in this context is people against Christ.

1. What emotions are present if you’re boasting and being false to truth? 
2. What does “being false to truth” mean?
3. How do we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error?

There are tons of doctrines, ideas, theories and beliefs floating around about God, salvation, who Jesus is, etc., and being firmly founded in what you know to be true is essential. The first thing to do when thinking through any kind of theory is first to go to Scripture with it. Let Scripture prove or disprove these ideas. Secondly, address the source of these claims. A pastor? Friend? Teammate? Someone on television? What legitimacy does that person have? Above all, remember the salvation you were given and called to (Galatians 2:20). Don’t let the Enemy sway you or trick you, but be equipped to stand against the schemes of the devil (Ephesians 6:11). Lastly, pray for discernment, that God would reveal to you truth and lies and that you would be able to tell the difierence.

1. Why would Satan try to trick you with false doctrine?
2. What can you do to defend yourself (1 Peter 5:8–9; Ephesians 6)?
3. How aware are you of false information that may or may not subtly be fed to you as “truth?” Why do you think that?

Find someone (family member or friend) and quote this week’s memory verse to him or her. Pray that God would show you areas of false teaching and right teaching and that you would be able to apply it or dispose of it.