How Will You Leave Church Today? by Ken Trivette

How Will You Leave Church Today?
Ken Trivette
Luke 18:9-14

Outline:

1. LET'S LOOK AT THE TWO MEN
A) The Pharisee That Lived A Respectable Life
B) The Publican That Lived A Reprehensible Life
2. LET'S LISTEN TO THE TWO MEN
A) A Haughty Prayer
B) A Humble Prayer
3. LET'S LEAVE WITH THE TWO MEN
A) Going Home Rejected By God
B) Going Home Righteous Before God

Recently, I read an article on Boston.com News entitled, "Walkout divided N.H. Church." The story told of how more than half of the Church of the Redeemer in Rochester, N.H., walked out of the Sunday morning service in protest of the dismissal of their interim pastor. The Rev. Donald R. Wilson had been barred from leading services at the Church of the Redeemer after he spoke out against the choice of the Rev. V. Gene Robinson, an openly gay bishop, as the Diocese of New Hampshire.1

You can be sure that when the folks at the Church of Redeemer left Church, they were not in a happy mood. Through the years I have seen people leave Church in many different ways. I have seen them leave glad and I have seen them leave mad. I have seen them leave shouting and I have seen some leave pouting. I have seen them leave smiling and I have seen them leave stewing.

In the parable before us, Jesus told the story of two men and how they left Church. One went home in one condition and the other went home in another condition. When I ask how you will leave Church today, I am interested in what kind of spiritual condition you will be in when you leave Church today.

Let's look at the story of the two men and see how they left Church. First:

1. LET'S LOOK AT THE TWO MEN

We read in verse 10, "Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican." Jesus described a Pharisee and a publican. When we look at these two men, we see two totally different men. They were on the opposite ends when it came to their occupation and reputation.

Let's look at these two men. ...


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