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Are You Worthy? - Jesus Heals a Centurion's Servant (4 of 12)
Intro: I had a wreck on Wednesday night. Not a car wreck or anything like that. It happened in our Community Group. We are doing a study on the gospel centered life. We were discussing how we need to have a correct awareness of God's holiness and our sinfulness, and when we do it makes the cross much bigger. As we were discussing, a woman in our group who is a school counselor for Chesterfield County asked the question, ''Is it ok to be proud of your achievements? Is it good to build up a child's self esteem?
Eeeeeerrrrchhhh, crash!!!! Two very opposite world views collided and crashed right there in our family room.
One world view says that, we are inherently good people, that we can achieve anything we put our mind to and we need to feel good about ourselves and proud of our achievements. This worldview exalts the person and humanity above all else.
The other worldview says that, we are inherently evil people, and left to our own devices we will destroy ourselves and those around us. However, this worldview also gives us hope but not hope that comes from within ourselves but from without, a hope that comes from our Creator. This worldview says that we cannot claim the glory for our achievements but rather we must give that glory to Jesus who has saved us from destroying ourselves and has put his Holy Spirit into our lives to will and to work according to His good pleasure and for His glory alone.
One worldview has man at the center, the other worldview has God at the center. One says, ''I can do this myself.'' the Other says, ''God, I need your help.''
In this passage we are going to see a collision of two world views but we are also going to see how we are to approach Jesus. One worldview says we can approach Him because we are worthy and the other says we can approach Him because we are not worthy.
Context is that Jesus has just finished he ...
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