Recently I heard a story of a local Church that had trouble finding a new youth pastor, seems the reason why it was so hard was because they couldn't find a candidate willing to accept the position for less than $100k per year. Wow, whatever happened to being called? I have heard of preachers and pastors who have been so shaken by end times events they'd begun taking antidepressants and visiting psychiatrists in an attempt to 'feel better'. What on Earth is going on? This is what a self-focused Church looks like. The Christian life is a sacrificial life, one lived inside of and through Jesus Christ. A popular WWII movie was called 'God Is My Co-Pilot', and if that expression is true of your Christian life, you can expect a crash coming up. Where does self-pity come from? From taking your eyes off of Jesus Christ, and putting them on you and your problems. Paul said that he gloried in his weaknesses and infirmities. Do you? The reason why Paul didn't have a lot of self-pity was because he reckoned himself to be 'dead in Christ', and a dead man doesn't feel sorry for themselves. Self-pity is usually birthed through feeling you didn't get something you felt you deserved, and it in turn gives birth to jealousy and hatred. I have personally known Christians who were expecting the Rapture to be on such-and such a day or time that, when it didn't happen, they got so discouraged they walked away from the ministry. What was their focus on? Themselves and not the Lord. Self-pity in any form can make you bitter and depressed, rendering you ineffective for the kingdom of God. Today I bring you a message on the surprising sin of self-pity.
The latest message from Emmanuel Reformed Church in our ongoing series through the Book of Ephesians "The Glory of Christ in the Life of the Church." In this message, Pastor Carl looks at Ephesians 4:25-32 in a sermon titled "Qualities of the New Man."
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We have an identity crisis in our country. Society is confused about people's roles, so how should the church function during this identity crisis? In this week's sermon from Titus 2:1-2 we examine the direct call for the shepherds to teach sound doctrine and for older men to live temperate, dignified, and self-controlled lives. This follows the clear instructions from Paul in Titus 1 to set the local church in order and instruct in sound doctrine. Do our lives adorn the gospel and sound doctrine? What does it mean to live in a dignified manner? Please join us this week as we seek to glorify God through the preaching and pointing of others to the truth of His Word.
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This sermon was delivered on November 12th, 2023, by Pastor Gustavo "Guga" Barros at Salem Reformed Baptist in Salem, Oregon.