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CMIN 101 (Fa '16) T14 - Nail the Sins That Slay You

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Transcript of CMIN 101 (Fa '16) T14 - Nail the Sins That Slay You

Nail the Sins That Slay You
Why is it a problem when someone presumes to address the shortcomings of others without addressing their own first?
- Read Luke 6:39-42
- integrity
"The mark of a saint is not perfection but consecration. A saint is not a man without faults, but a man whose heart has been given without reserve to God." (Brooke Foss Westcott)
- difference between perfection and consecration
- Luke 6:43-45: the result of such a life
What is the "soil" for this good fruit?
- whatever is in our heart will bear fruit
- good fruit will be attractive to others
If we want that our life bears good fruit, how do we ought to live?
- watch out what gets into your heart (Prov. 4:23)
What can be a warning sign that something with our heart is not okay?
Note warning signs and admit your need.
- a key relationship is strained
- physical health
What’s the big deal if my vision is not okay?
God's Glory Shines Through My Brokenness
- 2 Cor. 4:6-7
2 Cor. 4:6-7 (ESV), For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness,"has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
(individual activity) Reflect upon accountability questions
"In my view, hypocrisy is second only to the problem of evil and suffering that is the so-called rock of atheism. Hypocrisy is also one of the easiest reasons for ducking the challenge of the gospel." (Os Guinness)
(Group activity)
1) What exactly is hypocrisy?
2) Why is it so serious, and in what sense does it count against
Lacking Self-awareness
potential to offend people
or even lead them astray
will stifle our ability to build and establish redemptive relationships
exaggerates the flaws of others while minimizing our own flaws
If I lead others astray by misrepresenting a holy, just, and loving God, I will be accountable to God.
- if we are inconsistent to what we believe, it is we who are
wrong and not the faith.
- we need to close the gap between our talk and our walk
Step One: We Are All Hypocrites Now
- there is a gap between reality and appearance
What is a lie?
- a claim about reality with the intention of misdirecting the truth
- a lie assumes a knowledge of the truth
- if lies are unconfessed, they distort reality
Step Two: Clarify the Issues
1) Hypocrisy is a violation of truth because the content of what
it appears to say is untrue
If a lie is an attempt to deceive others without their consent, hypocrisy is a lie told in deeds rather than words.
2) It is a violation of justice because the claim it appears to
show is unjust.
3) And it is a violation of honesty because the communication
through which it appears to speak is dishonest.
Step Three: Say No to Retaliation, and Dare to Confess
- confession is a key strength of the Christian faith and a vital
part of countering hypocrisy
- voluntary confession has to do with truth
- in confessing a person demonstrates the strength of character
to go on record against himself or herself
3) Are Christians the only hypocrites, or perhaps only the worst?
4) How are we to counter hypocrisy and achieve some measure
of true authenticity?
- our confession of hypocrisies has to be specific
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