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Series: Accidental Pharisees
Tonight, we begin a brand new series entitled Accidental Pharisees. This has the potential to be one of the most painful series I've ever preached, but one of the most powerful series I've ever preached as well. It's a series that cuts right to the heart. It moves beyond the external veneer of religion and dives down to matters of the heart.
Tonight, we begin this new series by discussing the topic, Confessions of a Former Pharisee. In Philippians 3:2-14 we see a former Pharisee, the Apostle Paul, give his testimony to the church at Philippi. READ TEXT -- PRAY
My name is Jim and I'm a recovering Pharisee. That may sound harsh to you, but it's true. I used to think that the clothes I wore, the Bible translation I used, the music that I preferred, and the church I attended made me more righteous than other people. I was constantly filled with religious pride, thinking that I was better than others. I was constantly comparing my righteousness to others, always finding ways to be superior. I was filled with self-righteousness but emptied of a love for the things of God. My name is Jim, and I'm a recovering Pharisee.*
Why would I do a series like this? Why would I preach a sermon like this? Well, I am doing this series for me, and I am doing to series for you. It's for me because many of you knew me during my Pharisee days. It's for you because I want to warn you not to go there. It's for us, as a church, because I want to avoid the dangers of self-righteousness and legalism.
You see, we are aware of the dangers of liberalism. We know the pitfalls of not believing the Bible or trusting in Jesus. But I don't think we're really aware of the dangers of legalism. Legalism is just as dangerous as liberalism. In fact, it might be more dangerous because it is disguised as special righteousness.
These days, the Pharisees get a bad rap. We look at the NT ...
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