Gen. 6:5-13 What did God see on the earth regarding mankind (Gen. 6:5, 11-12)?
Were there any exceptions? If so, who?
And what does God say about this person (Gen. 6:9; 7:1)?
Was the overwhelming majority of the world’s people right in action, morals, thinking, etc.?
Do you ever think that because the majority of people believe something, do something, or say something, that it’s automatically right?
Gen. 18:26-32; 19:1, 12-15 In Abraham’s last plea, he asked God to spare His judgment upon Sodom if there were how many righteous people found in the whole city?
Did the two angels find this minimum number of righteous people so as to spare the city?
Was what the majority (in fact, all the city) wanted to do right (Gen. 19:4-7)?
Does what the majority of any group wants to do make that thing right? Why?
Who seems to be the only righteous person/people in the city (2 Pet. 2:7)?
Gen. 37:5-11 What did Joseph’s brothers and father think of Joseph’s dreams?
Did they think that this kid’s dreams would come true (vss. 18-20)?
Was the majority’s opinion about Joseph’s dreams correct (41:40-44; 43:28; 44:14; 47:1; 50:18)?
When God tells or shows you from His Word, the Bible, what you are to do, become, believe, or say in life, but no one else agrees with you, are you automatically wrong? Why?
Should you go along with the majority? Why?
Ex. 16:2-13 What did the whole congregation of the Jews (numbering about 2 million) say (grumble against) as to why Moses and Aaron brought them out of Egypt into the wilderness?
Were these two million people correct (Ex. 3:10, 16-17)?
Was this nation’s accusations really against Moses and Aaron? If not, who was their grumbling really against?
When God tells you to do something (through the Bible) with other people, but these other people (which may be millions) believe that your reasons are different than what you stated, are they necessarily correct?
Does how many people believe something or say something make that something necessarily right, and why?
Ex. 23:2 Who were the Jews not to follow, and in what weren’t they to follow them?
And who weren’t they to turn aside after to pervert justice?
Do you ever follow what the crowd or majority does, thinking that because so many people do it or think it that it must be right? If so, in what?
What are some wrong things that a lot of churches teach, believe, and/or do that are sinful or in error?
Why do you think that so many Christians do or believe them, if they are wrong?
Because the majority of people seem to break the speed limit, cross the street on a “Do Not Walk” light, or cheat on their income taxes, does that make any of these things right to do? Why?
Ex. 32:1-10 What did the people of Israel want Aaron, the high priest, to do (vs. 1)?
How many of the nation’s people got involved in this action (vs. 3)?
Were they right in doing this (vss. 7-10)?
What did God think of their actions?
How did Moses respond to Aaron’s going along with the majority’s opinion (vss. 21-25)?
What did God think of Aaron’s following the majority’s opinion (Deut. 9:20)?
Has the fact that a great number of people wanted to do something ever swayed you into doing that thing, even though it was really wrong? If so, what, and why?
Does even an entire nation’s opinion of something (if it is biblically wrong) make that thing right, and why?
Num. 12:1-12 What did the majority opinion of the top three leaders of Israel conclude about God speaking only through Moses (vs. 2)?
What positions did Aaron (Ex. 28:1) and Miriam (Ex. 15:20) hold in Israel’s leadership?
What was God’s view of Aaron and Miriam’s opinion about Moses (vss. 6-9)?
What did God do to Miriam to show her His disapproval of her idea (vs. 10)?
Just because the majority of God’s religious leaders believe something to be true, as in this case, does that make it right?
Has the majority of religious or church leaders that you know ever thought that your views about some spiritual or biblical issues were wrong, when really you were correct? If so, what issue(s)?
Though God probably won’t make them leprous because they challenged your authority or disagreed with your theology, what can you be assured of (2 Cor. 5:10 if they’re a Christian and Rev. 20:12 if they’re not)?
Num. 13:1-16, 25-33 What did God say He was going to give the sons of Israel (vs. 2)?
What type of person did God tell Moses to send out to spy out the land (vs. 2)?
What was the majority’s decision (10 of the 12) as to what the Israelites should do (vss. 31, 32)?
What was Caleb’s decision (vs. 30)?
Whose decision was right, and why (Deut. 9:23)?
Have you ever opposed 10 leaders in the midst of a mob/multitude of people listening in, because you knew that you were right and they were wrong?
How did you know that you were right?
Have you ever had to defend yourself against a group of ignorant or disobedient Christian/religious/church leaders who didn’t believe in the fact that all believers/Christians should be involved in aggressive/initiative evangelism (Acts 10:42-43; Lk. 24:47; Acts 8:1, 4; 11:19-21; Lk. 9:60; Matt. 28:19-20) and in building up other believers spiritually (Rom. 14:19; 1 Thes. 5:11)?
If so, when, and what happened?
Num. 14:1-12, 22-24 Over what issue did only four people stand against a couple million people (Israelites) – vss. 4, 8?
How did God view the overwhelming majority’s opinion (vss. 11-12, 22-23)?
How did God view Caleb’s opinion (vs. 24)?
Are you of a different spirit (following/obeying God) from the majority of people in this country and the religious/church leaders of this nation that are living in unbelief regarding the things that God has told them (e.g., Matt. 28:19-20)?
What did God call the nation of Israel(vss. 27-30, 35)?
What do you think God will call the majority of Christians/churches in America, and why?
Do you think Rev. 3:15-19 describes the majority of Christians/churches in America, and why?
Num. 16:1-50 Who were the three ring-leaders of this rebellion against Moses (vs. 1)?
[They were from the tribe of Levi – the religious tribe. It’s interesting to note that today, as well as back then, religious people seem to be the greatest opponents of truly spiritual people and genuine, godly leadership.].
How many leaders of Israel rose up against Moses and Aaron (vs. 2)?
What kind of leaders/men were they (vs. 2)?
And what was this large group’s complaint or opinion (vs. 3)?
How did Moses handle this uprising (vss. 4-7)?
What did Moses say in confronting them (vss. 8-11)?
What action did Korah take against Moses and Aaron (vs. 19)?
How did God deal with Korah, Dathan, and Abiram (vss. 31-33)?
And with the 250 renown leaders?
Were all these hundreds of renowned, religiously-affiliated leaders right in their opinion about who’s holy and who shouldn’t exalt themselves above the assembly?
Why (vss. 39-40)?
If you are a spiritual leader raised up by God to lead a biblical ministry (e.g., an evangelism and Christian training ministry) and other religiously-affiliated leaders (even renown ones in their own field) try to tell you how to run things contrary to your understanding of the Bible’s teachings, should you comply? Why?
How did all the religious public react to what happened to their leaders (vss. 41-42)?
What was God’s view of this majority (or unanimous) opinion (vss. 44-45)?
Has the general, religious public (or church) ever gone against you because you opposed their leaders and created problems for their leaders? If so, what happened?
Num. 21:5-7 On what did the people (God’s people, the nation of Israel) have a consensus of opinion?
How did God view this consensus of opinion?
Have you ever had people (maybe those under you, if you are a spiritual leader) think that you were doing them harm and so they spoke against you?
Did they think that your teaching or theology was harmful or wrong, or that your method of evangelism and/or building up and training other believers was bad?
Judges 2:10-13, 16-19; 4:1; 10:5-6 Do the majority of people seem to get better morally generation after generation or worse?
How fast did this new generation of people turn away from obeying God?
Who would seem to temporarily stem the tide of corruption?
Were there very many judges/godly people around at any one time (vss. 19; 3:9, 15; 4:4; 6:11, 16) in the entire nation?
Were the people wrong/disobedient even when godly judges ruled (vs. 17)?
Has it been your observation that the majority of people still remain corrupt, though probably restrained a good deal, even when a godly person rules or is in charge of a nation, an organization, or a church, and why?
1 Ki. 18:21-40 How many prophets of the Lord did Elijah say were left?
How many prophets of Baal were there?
[Elijah claimed that the Lord is God, while the others, which were a majority (450 to 1), claimed that Baal is God.].
Which was right? How do you know?
If you were one of the Israelites in verse 21, who would you have thought was right, at that point – the one prophet or the 450 prophets?
Do majority opinions usually persuade you in religious matters or theology?
1 Ki. 22:2-18 How many prophets told the kings of Israel and Judah to go to war, that they would win over Syria (vss. 6, 13)?
How many prophets told the two kings not to war against Syria(vss. 16-18), that they would lose?
How did the king of Israel treat Micaiah, God’s prophet, for saying this (vs. 27)?
How did Zedekiah, the spokesman for the 400 prophets, treat Micaiah (vss. 11-12, 24)?
Who was right, the 400 or the one (vss. 34-35)?
If you were either of the kings, who would you have believed, and why?
How would you have felt if you were Micaiah, knowing that you were right, yet being treated harshly, and why?
2 Ki. 17:6-17 What does it say about this generation of people in the nation of Israel (vss. 7, 9-10, 17)?
How would you have felt if you were one of God’s prophets and the people did not listen to you, and why?
Who wasn’t part of this evil majority group (vs. 13)?
How did the vast majority respond to the godly minority (vs. 14)?
If you’re a godly follower of Christ today, how do the majority of people respond to you when you confront them about their wrong ideas, actions, or attitudes?
2 Ki. 23:21-25 How many kings of both Israel and Judah turned to the Lord with all their heart, soul, and might, according to all the law of Moses?
What does this tell you about the majority of (in fact, all other) kings of both Israel and Judah?
Are you among the few godly people in this age? How do you know?
2 Chron. 24:17-21 After the godly priest Jehoiada died, what majority group did the king listen to and follow (vs. 17)?
Was this majority’s suggestion right (vs. 18)?
Was Zechariah the priest (a lone minority) right in his views (vs. 20), as he spoke out to the people?
How was godly Zechariah treated by the king and people of Judah?
How would you have felt in the moments before being stoned, and why?
Why do you think that God permits the godly minority to be treated in this way?
2 Chron. 30:6-10 How did the people of Israel from city to city (the majority) react to the king’s couriers (the minority) who told the people to return to the Lord?
Was the majority or minority right, and why?
Are you like so many of the religious people or even Christians who have rejected God’s commands (e.g., to take the initiative to evangelize and to build up other believers spiritually) and are now mocking those few Christians who are obeying God’s commands? Why?
2 Chron. 36:11-16 Who were very unfaithful, following all the abominations of the nations (vs. 14)?
How did this majority treat God’s minority of messengers and prophets repeatedly, generation after generation (vs. 16)?
Have you ever given godly/spiritual/obedient Christians a hard time, making fun of them, teasing them, or sarcastically cutting them down because of their obedience to God, His commands, His purpose for their lives, and/or their biblical priorities?
If so, was it because they made you feel guilty?
Was it because you were disobedient to God’s commands, and instead living a comfortable, convenient, churchy, Christian life, so that they made you feel guilty?
Or, have you been in the obedient minority, mocked and criticized by the carnal, worldly, disobedient, convenient-living majority of churchy Christians and/or religious people around you?
Did they think you were fanatical, over-board, crazy, or cultic? Why?
1 Sam. 8:4-8; 12:18-19 Who and how many people wanted a king to rule over Israel (vs. 4)?
Who did this displease?
What did God think of this majority’s unanimous desire for a king – vs. 7?
What did God say that these elders were doing to Samuel – vs. 8?
Was the elders’ (majority’s) decision right? Why?
1 Sam. 15:1-4, 20-24 Why did King Saul sin, disobeying the Lord through Samuel’s words – vs. 24?
Were the majority of people and king Saul right for sparing king Agag and bringing back the spoil and animals to ‘sacrifice to the Lord?
Why (vss. 22-23)?
If you’re a leader, have you ever sinned by listening to your subordinate majority’s decision rather than to what you knew God said?
If so, was it because you feared going against the majority’s wishes? Why?
Ezra 9:1-3, 7, 12 Who had not separated themselves from the peoples of the lands, according to their abominations, and intermarried with non-Jewish people?
Who were foremost in this unfaithfulness?
Was the majority of both religious and political leaders right in what they did?
Who was against this intermingling?
Can you imagine what some of their rationalizing might have been (e.g., “Well, God gave me these feelings for this girl or guy!”, or “I can convince my mate to accept Jehovah and Judaism.”)?
Or, what other rationalizations?
Just because a lot of religious people and/or leaders are doing something, does that make it right?
Or, what makes something right?
Have you ever refrained from doing something that a lot of religious or Christian people and/or leaders were doing?
If so, what, and why?
Neh. 4:1-2; 6:1, 14, 17-19 Who were against Nehemiah and his desires to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem?
Was Nehemiah right in rebuilding the walls, or were the majority right in saying he shouldn’t?
How did Nehemiah know it was right to rebuild the walls (1:5, 8-9)?
Did others later on recognize that it was of God (6:16)?
How did the majority try to prevent Nehemiah from doing what was right (2:19; 4:7-8, 11-12; 6:1-13, 17-19)?
Isn’t it interesting that lots of religious leaders were trying to stop Nehemiah (6:14)?
How did Nehemiah deal with the majority’s attempts to stop him from doing the right thing – God’s will (2:20; 4:4-6, 9, 13-16; 6:3, 8-9, 14)?
Have people (even religious leaders) ever tried to stop you from doing the right thing – God’s will?
If so, what did they try to stop you from doing, and how?
How did you deal with their attempts to stop you? Why?
Neh. 9:16, 26, 34 How did the majority of Jews act throughout their history (vs. 16)?
How did they treat the godly minority throughout their history, generally (vs. 26)?
Who all was involved in this continual disobedience (vs. 34)?
Are the majority of today’s political and religious leaders disobedient?
Why do you say that?
Job 1:1, 8; 2:3 How does God describe Job?
How many of Job’s kind were on earth during this time?
Why was Job suffering (1:9-12)?
Why did Job’s three, so-called friends think that Job was suffering (4:7-8; 8:2-6; 11:1-6, 14; 15:1-6; 18:1-7; 22:1-10)?
What was Job’s response to this majority opinion (19:1-6; 27:1-4; 32:1)?
Why did a fourth person think that Job was suffering (32:2; 34:6, 11; 35:8; 36:4)?
Who does God say is right – the majority or Job (42:7-8)?
Have the majority or all of your friends ever thought that you were wrong, when really you were right?
How did you feel about them and the situation?
How did you deal with the situation?
Psa. 37:12-15, 32 Who do the wicked plot against and want to slay?
Have you ever been plotted against or spied out?
If so, how did you feel, and what did you do?
Isa. 30:9-11 How does God describe the nation of Israel – the chosen people of God?
Though America is often thought of as a Christian nation, how do you think God would describe it, and why?
Do the religious people you talk with refuse to listen to the Lord (especially regarding initiative evangelism and building up believers spiritually as life’s purpose for all Christians and as life’s priority, and the major way of loving God through one’s obedience in this)?
Do they not want you to say what is right (especially regarding evangelism, building up believers, and priorities) but rather to speak pleasant words (about how nice they, their preacher, or their church programs/activities are)?
Do you tell religious, church people who claim to be Christians what they need to hear or what they want to hear, and why?
Jer. 2:8, 13, 26-28; 32:32 Who all in Israel were living wrong, evil lives?
What minority was in the right (7:23-28)?
Who is greedy, and who practices deceit (8:8-10)?
Who was prophesying falsehood in the name of the Lord (14:13-16)?
Do you know of religious people today who say that they are speaking on God’s behalf but in actuality are teaching falsehood?
If so, who?
What did Pashhur the priest and chief officer of the Lord’s house do to Jeremiah, and why (19:15 – 20:2)?
How did Jeremiah feel about being a minority (loner) even though he knew (1:4-10, 17-19) that he was right (20:7-14)?
Jer. 23:9-17 What does it say about the prophet and priest in Israel (vs. 11)?
What did these prophets (majority) do to the people of Israel (vss. 13, 16)?
Are the majority of religious leaders that you know of (who claim to be Christian) polluted and wicked in that they are disobedient to the Bible and leading other Christians astray by telling them: that they don’t have to initiate witnessing to the spiritually lost or to build up believers spiritually the way Jesus and Paul did; that the spiritual gifts of speaking in tongues, healings, and prophecy are still for today; that Christians are commanded to tithe to the church; that people have a free will; or that people have to be baptized to be forgiven for their sins?
Jer. 26:7-16 Who wanted to put Jeremiah the prophet to death, and why (vss. 9, 11)?
The prophets of Israel(majority), on the other hand, prophesied peace (23:17). Who was right, and why (vs. 8)?
Would the religious people you meet prefer that you not talk/preach about sin, hell, repentance, and judgment, but that you talk or preach about heaven, peace, goodness, and tolerance?
Jer. 27:9-18 Who wasn’t the king of Judah to listen to (vs. 9), and why (vss. 10, 14)?
In whose name were they prophesying (vs. 15)?
What did Jeremiah say to the priests and all the people (vs. 16)?
Who was right, Jeremiah or all these prophets of Judah?
Jer. 28:1-17 Who also, in the long line of prophets we have looked at thus far, was opposing Jeremiah?
In the presence of Whom did Hananiah speak (vs. 1)?
What did Hananiah prophesy (vss. 3-4)?
What did Jeremiah say in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the Lord’s house (vs. 9)?
Who was telling the truth, and why?
Who did the people believe (vs. 15)?
Why do you think that the people believed him?
Who would you have believed, and why?
Jer. 29:24-32 Who did Shemaiah send letters to, and what did the letter say (vss. 25-26)?
Was Shemaiah right (vs. 31)?
Who believed that Shemaiah was right (vs. 31)?
Who apparently believed Jeremiah (vs. 29)?
By now you can see that the overwhelming majority (and at times, all or all but one) of the prophets and/or priests were corrupt, wrong, or in error. And also that people generally believed this majority opinion (i.e., 37:1-2), unless God somehow miraculously intervened to make it evident that His minority or sole speaker was right. How do you determine who’s right when there are conflicting statements (1 Jn. 3:7-8; Jn. 17:17; Psa. 119:160)?
Why that method?
Jer. 37:11-16 How are God’s spiritual leaders treated even when they are in the right?
Why do you think that God allows those who are in the right to suffer like this?
Have you or have you known of spiritual leaders who have suffered abuse when they’ve been in the right?
If so, how did you feel about this, and why?
Jer. 38:1-6 Why did the group of officials want Jeremiah put to death?
Have people (religious or Christian officials/leaders) ever wanted to do away with you (or someone you know) because you were (or the person you knew was) speaking (negatively in their thinking) gloom and doom from God (confronting them for their sin and its consequences) instead of speaking positively to them?
What did these officials do to Jeremiah?
Have you ever been treated like (with) dirt, even when you were in the right?
If so, when, and why?
Lam. 4:12-13 What did the religious leaders of Israel do to the righteous?
Do you think that the religious, church, and/or Christian leaders today are killing (though in the form of slander, gossip, or contrary theological teaching) the righteous (obedient Christians – those doing initiative evangelism and building up other believers spiritually, as well as, living godly lives), and why?
Ezek. 3:5-7 Why wasn’t the nation of Israel willing to listen to the prophet Ezekiel?
Do you think that that is why religious people don’t listen to spiritual, obedient Christians today? Why?
Ezek. 13:9-10 Why was God definitely going to be against the prophets who saw false visions and uttered lying divinations?
Have you ever been misled because of the majority opinion of religious leaders?
If so, on what issues?
Who else lied to God’s people and misled them to kill people who shouldn’t have been put to death (vss. 17-19)?
Have you ever been influenced to do wrong by religious women (or prominent female church leadership)?
How can you keep from being influenced to do wrong by them?
Ezek. 22:24-30 Who did God search for in all of Israel but couldn’t find (vs. 30)?
What does that tell you as to how plentiful obedient, godly people (in positions of authority) were in Israel at that time?
Do you think that God would find one in America today that qualified? Why?
Would you qualify? Why?
Dan. 9:6, 10 Who didn’t listen to God’s prophets or obey God’s teachings as set forth by God’s prophets?
Whose lifestyle, morals, and teachings were right – the people and leaders of Israel, or the minority prophets of God?
Do you listen to and obey God’s spiritual leaders or the majority of religious, disobedient church leaders?
Do “so-called” Christians listen to and obey you when you’re teaching the Bible accurately, and why?
Amos 2:11-12 What did the majority people of Israel make God’s Nazirites (people whose lives were devoted to God, who weren’t to drink alcohol) do?
Just because everybody is (or the majority of people are) doing something, does that make it right? Why?
Do the majority of religious or Christian people that you meet try to get you to compromise your standards and beliefs, as set forth in the Bible, just because they don’t want them, and they don’t want you to make them feel guilty?
What did the Israelites command God’s prophets to do?
Have religious or Christian people ever told you to not teach Bible truths or responsibilities that we as Christians should be obeying?
If so, which truths/responsibilities?
Amos 7:10-17 Who was against Amos?
What did Amaziah tell the king about Amos?
What did Amaziah the priest tell Amos to do?
What did Amos say he wasn’t and was?
Why then was Amos able to speak with the authority he did and know he was right, when he didn’t hold the religiously-recognized position of prophet or priest?
Who was in the right – Amaziah the priest or Amos the herdsman/fig picker?
Have you ever had a difference of ideas (or conflict) with a minister, elder, deacon, or other church leader and had to speak against the condition of (or sin in) the church?
If so, how did the church leadership react toward you?
Did you feel intimidated because you were only a layman (e.g., a young student or career person) and not a church leader/official, or not a Bible college/seminary graduate, or not an ordained-by-religious-leaders minister, and why?
Micah 3:11 Why did Israel’s political and religious leaders perform their duties corruptly?
Are the leaders in your church involved in corruption (e.g., money grabbing, materialism, etc.)?
Are the decisions of your church leaders influenced by those in your church that donate the most money to the church?
How do you know?
Who did Israel’s leaders think they leaned on and say was in their midst?
If your church leaders are corrupt, do they yet think and say that God is blessing their church and its programs?
What has been your knowledge and experience about all of the above, and the condition of most churches today?
Zeph. 3:4 What did the priests do to the law of God?
Are your church leaders doing violence to the Bible by teaching it incorrectly and disobeying what it really says?
For example, does your church teach that “not” all Christians have to aggressively evangelize (take the initiative in sharing the gospel with people); or that building believers is nothing more than teaching Sunday School, being a youth group leader, or leading a Bible study group once or twice a week; or that the order of priorities is God first, family second, ministry third, etc. (instead of what the Bible teaches, that God is first as expressed in obedience to evangelizing the spiritually lost, building up other believers spiritually, and living a holy life, then after that, everything else is second at its proper time)?
If they do teach and practice any of the above things, then they are doing violence to the Bible (law). Are you doing violence to (disobeying and distorting) God’s word?
Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:6, 11; 2 Tim. 3:16 What do these verses tell us about the Old Testament incidents?
How serious have you taken to heart all that you have now learned from these Old Testament situations?
How will they affect your present and future behavior and decisions?
Matt. 23:27-34, 37 How does Jesus describe the Pharisees – Jewish religious leaders in (vss. 27-28, 33)?
Were the majority of religious leaders any different in Jesus’ day than in Old Testament times (vss. 30-34)?
What were they going to do to future prophets, wise men, and scribes that God would send to them?
Have they done so since Jesus’ time?
Are religious people (leaders included) or Christians today persecuting (either verbally, socially, or physically) God’s wise men (obedient Christians)? How?
Matt. 24:3-5, 10, 12, 24 What did Jesus say would be true of most people in the future, near the end of the age (vs. 12)?
Are you finding most people’s love for God growing cold, even so-called Christians?
Because most people’s love will grow cold, does that make it right?
Do you think that the minority who still love the Lord will be put down or be thought of as odd, and why?
How many people will be misled by false prophets?
Just how convincing will these false prophets be (vs. 24)?
Knowing this, can you see how easy it will be for the majority of people (non-religious, religious, and church people) to be misled and, in the process, be wrong in what they are believing and following?
What pressure do you think the minority elect (those chosen of God to believe in Jesus) will receive?
Matt. 27:19-20, 24 Who were the ring-leaders behind Jesus’ being put to death?
Who did they persuade to ask for Barabbas and have Jesus killed?
Was the majority right in having Jesus killed?
By now in this study, have you observed that the biggest enemy of godly, obedient people are the religious leaders of any era of history?
Also, have you observed that the masses or majority of people blindly follow these religious leaders into error and sin?
And have you observed also, that even when the majority is warned or shown the truth by a godly person (or someone who speaks the truth), that the majority generally still reject what is right?
The next time you make a decision on what’s right, will your decision be based on what the majority of religious leaders or church leaders think or by what the Bible and/or obedient Christians say, and why?
Lk. 10:30-37 What two of the three people did wrong?
Did you notice that both were full-time religious workers?
Who does Jesus use as an example to teach the inquirer to “go and do likewise” (vss. 33, 37)?
[Samaritans were despised by Jews, especially by the religious leaders because they weren’t pure Jews, but were a mixture of half Jew and half Gentile.].
Though you may only be a despised Christian, a nobody, if you are an obedient Christian to God and the Bible, you are the one Jesus will commend and use as an example for people to follow, even if religious, church leaders won’t.
Acts 6:8-15; 7:51-60 Who dragged godly Stephen away?
Who did they put forth against Stephen?
Has anyone ever stirred up religious or church people against you?
And have religious/church/Christian people ever lied about or slandered you?
What did Stephen call these religious leaders (vss. 51-52)?
How did the religious leaders react to Stephen’s words (vss. 54, 57-59)?
Do religious/church people cry out against you and cover their ears and want to destroy or get rid of you because you convict them of their disobedience? What is your attitude toward them?
What was Stephen’s attitude (vs. 60)?
Rev. 3:1-4 [The Greek word “angelos” can be translated messenger (human) as well as angel, as it is in Matt. 11:10 and Lk. 9:52. The angel or human messenger to the church at Sardis was probably the pastor or prophet through whom the message was to be delivered to the congregation.].
How many people in Sardis have not “soiled their garments” (generally not been unrighteous or disobedient)?
Is this what God would say about the people in your church or the Christians in your city?
Would God say the other things in verses 1-3 about your church or the Christians in your city?
Matt. 7:13-18 Are the majority of people going to be destroyed (go to hell) or find life (go to heaven)?
How many are going to find life?
Are you following the majority path or the path of the few?
Which is right, and why?