Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 2 Study # 3
March 24, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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<249> Thesis: Because it is the character of "settled decisions" that they will alter both the character of the person who makes them and the future of that person, it is imperative that "settled decisions" be legitimate. Introduction: In our study last time we focused upon Paul's declaration that the permission of a small dose of error will eventually ruin a person's entire outlook. This is no small thing. "Making a final decision" is both an extreme danger and an open door to extraordinary glory -- depending upon the foundations of that decision. For this reason, in this next verse in our study we find Paul beginning the conclusion of his argument for this particular paragraph. His beginning consists of pointing out the contrast between what he has done and what is in store for his opponents. Therefore, we shall consider what he says with some care.