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Lessons in Humility from John the Baptist (8 of 10)
Series: The Gospel of the New Beginning
Mark 1:1-8; Matthew 11:11
This morning I invited you to consider Jesus, humility-and the greatest man who ever lived up until Christ.
The supreme lesson of John the Baptist's life is humility. And there can be no more vital message that we all need to hear than that God HATES pride. God uses John because he was willing to obey the Lord and by the power of the Holy Spirit in his life cultivate humility.
PRIDE IS AN EPIDEMIC
James Bjoanstad writes:
At one time, most Christians believed that to have a close relationship with God, a person should magnify God, deny himself and the pleasures of this world, repent and confess his sins, and live a holy and separated life. Their heroes were missionaries who gave up everything to serve God and martyrs who suffered because of their faith.
Today, it's becoming a different story. Many Christians believe that to have a close relationship with God, a person should realize the importance of himself as God intended, pursue his dreams and aspirations, and become affluent and successful. Their heroes are those celebrities and self-made individuals who happened to be Christians.
Behind this new gospel stands a variety of distinguished teachers, preachers, and evangelists proclaiming a variety of ways to attain prosperity and success. But examining their theological models and points of emphasis reveals one common element--they are simply not biblical.
Why not do a spelling lesson with me?
Let's notice together that I is right in the middle of some very big things in life.
First spell ''sin'' with me: s-I-n.
Now spell ''pride'' with me: pr-I-de.
Now how about ''anxiety'': anx-I-ety.
Here is the best one, spell Satan's original name with me, it was ''Lucifer'', spell that with me: luc-I-fer.
So that I is in the middle of all my sins, all my pride, all my anxieties, and all the ...
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