2010.08.22 reasons for faith 3 (religion and the gospel)

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  • 2.
    • Proverbs 16:2 All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.
  • 3. Two Forms of Self-Centeredness
    • 1 John 2:16 For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world.
  • 4. Two Forms of Self-Centeredness
    • Romans 7:19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing.
  • 5. Two Forms of Self-Centeredness
    • 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
  • 6. The Damage of Pharisaism
    • Hosea 7:10 Israel's arrogance testifies against him, but despite all this he does not return to the LORD his God or search for him.
  • 7. The Damage of Pharisaism
    • Luke 18:9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable:
  • 8. The Damage of Pharisaism
    • 10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
  • 9. The Damage of Pharisaism
    • 11 The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men--robbers, evildoers, adulterers--or even like this tax collector.
  • 10. The Damage of Pharisaism
    • 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'
  • 11. The Difference of Grace
    • Luke 18:13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'
  • 12. The Difference of Grace
    • 14 "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.“
  • 13. The Difference of Grace
    • A different motivation .
  • 14. The Difference of Grace
    • A different basis of our identity and self-regard .
  • 15. The Difference of Grace
    • A different way of treating others with whom we differ .
  • 16. The Difference of Grace
    • A different way of handling troubles and suffering .
  • 17. The “Cost” of Grace
    • Titus 3:5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit…