Playing Games with God

Speaker: Pastor Jay Childs
Scripture: Malachi 1:6-2:9
Series: Malachi: God's Unchanging Love

Sermon Notes

  1. Offering Worthless Sacrifices (vv. 1:6-14)
  2. Not Fearing God (vv. 2:1-6)
  3. Teaching and Tolerating False Doctrine (vv. 2:7-9)

Discussion Questions

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  • Have you ever read the Bible from cover to cover?
  • When did you first hear the true gospel?


  1. Read Matthew 7:13-23. What is Jesus warning us about here? Who are these people?
  2. Read Malachi 1:11-14. What is going on here? What is “counterfeit faith”?
  3. Read Matthew 13:18-23. What are the four kinds of soils? Which one is genuine?
  4. Read James 1:19-24. What is the danger James is discussing here? How does it look today?
  5. Is James saying that salvation is by works? Why? Why not?
  6. Why does the Bible seem so intent on warning us about being a false disciple?
  7. Read 2 Corinthians 13:5. What is Paul urging us to do here? Be specific.
  8. Read John 10:25-30 and Romans 8:37-39. Can a genuine believer in Christ ever lose their salvation? Why? Why not? (See Grudem’s Systematic Theology, chapter 40, for a good discussion on this.)
  9. Read 1 John 2:1-6. Who is the one who really knows Jesus? How can we tell?
  10. What is the gospel? How can we know if we are really saved (cf. 1 John)?


  • Do these kinds of warning passages shake your assurance of salvation? Why? Why not?
  • When is the last time you shared the true gospel with someone?
Posted on November 2, 2014 and filed under Malachi.