Beware of False Prophets | Sermon

Pastor Bramwell preached this sermon on Matthew 7:15 for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity, August 7, 2022.

Both, our Lord and His apostle, Paul, tell us to watch out for wolves. In Matthew 7:15 Jesus says, “beware.” In Acts 20:31 Paul says, “be alert.” Who are the wolves against whom we need to guard ourselves?

What was one of the first titles given to pastors in the New Testament era church and what did they do? (Acts 13:1, 5)

What does Jeremiah 23:16-17 say false prophets do? They fill “you with _________ hopes. They speak visions of their _______ minds, not from the mouth of the _____________. They say continually to those who ________________ the word of the Lord, ‘It shall be ________ with you’; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his ______ heart, they say, ‘______ disaster shall come upon you.’”

What’s the Gospel, which is the message on the lips of the true prophets of Christ?

St. Mark Lutheran Church posts Rev. Bramwell’s sermons online for the sake of the members of our congregation who are unable to gather with us due to illness, work, etc. This resource is not intended to encourage anyone from gathering around God’s Word and Sacraments in person. Matthew 18:20 and Hebrews 10:25 make it clear that God’s Divine Service is meant to be experienced physically with other Christians.

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