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Different Doesn't Mean Dangerous (3 of 7)
Series: Accidental Pharisees
Tonight, we continue our Sunday evening series entitled Accidental Pharisees. This series is intended to help us all examine our hearts. To look beyond our outward appearances, actions, and pretenses - and to discover our desires, affections, and motives.
Anytime you decide to examine your heart, it is a painful process. It's easy to measure your outward activity but very hard to measure your inward motivation. It's easy to disguise your outward activity as faithfulness to Christ when you heart could actually be far from Him.
This may be a bit painful, but I believe, like me, some of you have struggled with your tendencies to be a Pharisee. This series can be very liberating for you. And I pray that it will be.
Tonight, we come to the gospel of Luke - Luke 9:49-50. And I want to talk with you about the subject, Different Doesn't Mean Dangerous. Why is it that we think every Christian should be just like we are? And every church should be just like our church? This is a very damaging belief that has its roots in religious pride.
And here's what we learn from the text of Scripture that we're about to read. Religious pride leads us to condemn those who are actually serving the Lord, but happen to serve them in a different way. Here's a perfect example in Luke 9:49-50. READ TEXT - PRAY
*The story is told of two ducks and a frog who lived happily together in a farm pond. The best of friends, the three would amuse themselves and play together in their waterhole. When the hot summer days came, however, the pond began to dry up, and soon it was evident they would have to move. This was no problem for the ducks, who could easily fly to another pond. But the frog was stuck. So it was decided that they would put a stick in the bill of each duck that the frog could hang onto with his mouth as they flew to another pond. The plan worked well--so well, in fact, ...
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