The unnamed group's charge against Paul: They are essentially saying that he speaks a big game but in person he is really nothing.
Paul was different from them. He was different in…
I. The way he entreated them (v. 1).
II. The way he waged war (vv. 3-6).
III. The way he carried himself (vv. 7-12).
IV. The approval he sought (v. 18).
In James 3:1 we are told, "Not many of you should be teachers." There are people who want to be teachers in the church, but they have to be told by James not to be. And most of the time, the reason they aren't ready to be teachers, is they are too susceptible to people-pleasing.
But what about you? Are you a people pleaser?
An idol is anything you rely on for some ultimate sense of meaning, approval, comfort, security, etc. Both personal and cultural idols have a significant impact on our work. These idols promise to give us what we want, but they have no power to deliver the goods. We are much healthier and happier if we identify our idols, see them for what they are, and turn our functional reliance back on the God who loves us.
Identity is essentially your sense of self + self-worth. Though we are meant to find these in relation to God, sin has marred our identity. We seek to define ourselves and we seek validation in other things. We do this especially in our work – seeking to get out of work something we can only truly find in God.
Scripture: Luke 6:20–26
Sermon: "The Beatitudes (Part 4): Blessed Are The Persecuted"
Speaker: Pastor Sam Lee
Date: October 3, 2021
Maranatha Bible Church (San Ramon, CA)
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Aside from the resurrection, His transfiguration represents the most compelling evidence of Christ's Divinity as Son of God and Son of Man. Why was this event so necessary and important? How did it happen? What is its significance for us today, as we seek to view and live in the light of Christ's Glory?
One treasure that ties our hearts to earth rather than heaven is the treasure of approval and respect from the people we consider important. Does favor in the eyes of man have a grip on your heart?
Here is the sermon series on fear of man: