Repeat After Me
Dr. James Merritt
1. One thing a good teacher knows is that repetition is one of the best ways to teach, as well as one of the best ways to learn. If you think about it, we learn the alphabet by repetition, by saying the letters over and over. We learn how to count the same way. We learn the multiplication tables by repeating them over and over again until we could do them in our sleep.
2. Paul begins this chapter by saying, "For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe." (3:1) Paul is about to repeat some things that evidently he had already taught them when he was with them in person. As you well know, anything worth saying is worth repeating. There are certain things that we need to hear over and over and over.
3. I heard about a woman talking to her husband one time, and she burst into tears and said, "I cannot remember the last time you told me you loved me." He said, "I told you 47 years ago when we got married that I loved you, and if I ever change my mind I'll let you know."
4. When you understand what Paul was saying in these verses, you'll understand why he repeated these truths. Because in this passage you find three of the greatest truths ever taught in the Bible; repeated over again, and will be worth repeating over and over again until the Lord Jesus comes.
I. RELIGION WITHOUT RIGHTEOUSNESS IS DESTRUCTIVE
1. America has certainly learned that lesson as she has been under attack these last few days. Face up to it. This attack was done in the name of religion, but it was religion without righteousness.
2. There are a lot of people today who believe that America needs more religion. I, for one, do not agree with that. In fact, I am convinced that America doesn't need religion; America needs the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, religion without Jesus Christ, in my estimation, causes more problems than it solves.
3. But even in the New Testam ...
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