In 1 Thessalonians 2, Paul gives examples of what he was and was not doing when teaching the gospel of Jesus. He said these things so the church of Thessalonica could see a contrast in true teaching and false teaching.
Similarly today, we have many individuals who may claim to know Christ, but the words they share and the life they live are off. As women who trust in the truth of the gospel, we are called to know what that truth actually is and when we are being misled. When hearing teaching of the Word…
—Does he/she teach on scripture? Or do they fit scripture around their own message?
—Are you being entertained more than learning the Bible?
—Do you have to open your Bible?
—During a weekend church services, are you learning how to make your life better or learning about the life of Jesus?
—Does the teacher make the Bible verse about you? (i.e. are you David in the story of David and Goliath?) **Spoiler alert: You are not David
—Are you feeling a sense of self-motivation instead of relying on the strength of God?
—Do you admire him/her more than the truth they are sharing?
—Do they emphasize “experiencing God” over knowing God through his Word?
Ask the Holy Spirit for discernment (Psalm 119:66) and wisdom (James 1:5). God gives generously to all without reproach!