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  • 1. BIG SHOTS BEWARE! Luke 18:9-14
  • 2.
    •   9 Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: 10 “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! 12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’ 
    Luke 18:9-14  (New Living Translation)
  • 3.
    • 13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
    Luke 18:9-14  (New Living Translation)
  • 4. TAKE HOME
    • Applications for heaven have no blanks for my achievements, offices held or perfect attendance in Sunday school.
    • No need to stand at heaven’s gate with your glowing resume…it all comes down to walking through the ‘Jesus Door’.
    • It is either ‘full of myself’ or ‘my only plea: Jesus died for me”.
  • 5. Opening Prayer
  • 6. Announcements
  • 7. Worship
  • 8. Self-Esteem Is Mighty Fine Indeed
    • It’s good to know our strengths, our value to the organization and our level of skill.
    • Getting along in the world means having a healthy self-image.
    • Your glowing achievements, degrees earned and promotions…sure they are important.
    • Resumes matter, for sure.
  • 9. But When It Comes To Our Relationship With God… Our Achievement Means Little
    • Perhaps the Pharisee’s words of service (fasting and tithing) were all true.
    • Perhaps the tax collector was a rascal.
    • The real issue was that of understanding our unworthiness… despite comparisons and extreme compliance.
    • Before God everything is stripped away and our sin is exposed and obvious.
  • 10. A Matter Of Contrast, Not Comparison
    • The judge is heartless…irritated at requests for help. God is not.
    • She is a burden, a nuisance. We are not.
    • If such a wretch can be moved to action…how much more, God
  • 11. Getting To Heaven Is Not About Climbing, Personal Holiness Or Obedience
    • The Apostle Paul made this point so well. -- Philippians 3:1-9
    • Confidence in the flesh: my pedigree, performance, perfection or compliance.
    • “ A righteousness of my own” is worthless …it makes the cross of no avail.
    • “ Unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the Pharisees and teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven”. -- Matt 5:20
  • 12. Daily We Must Be Fully Aware Of How It Is That We Can Walk With God…faith In Jesus
    • Righteousness that comes from God is by faith. --Philippians 3:9
    • There is not room for arrogance, since we are all sinners, saved by grace.
    • This doesn’t mean that I stop working for God. But my work doesn’t save me.
  • 13. The Pharisee And Publican Have Much To Teach Us
    • Arrogance is a sure-fire sign that we don’t get it …that our salvation is a gift not a wage. --Romans 6:23
    • It is difficult to pull free of self-absorption .
    • Stop comparing yourself to others …it is arrogance at its worst.
    • Jesus chose the remorseful tax-collector to be the poster child of humility. Don’t let it go to your head, mister!
  • 14. We Come To God With Empty Hands …It Is The Only Way!
    • To be grateful for the cross. --Galatians 6:14
    • Appreciative of the only ‘status’ that counts: To be ‘In Christ’ . --Philippians 3:8,9
    • If there is another way to God, such as my compliance and hard work, Jesus’ death was quite unnecessary. --Galatians 2:20, 21
  • 15. So What Will It Be?
    • “ Oh God, you are so lucky to have me on your team.”
    • “ Oh God, be merciful to me …a sinner!”
  • 16. I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. I trust him as my Lord and Savior. Confession
  • 17. Worship
  • 18. Offering
  • 19. Worship
  • 20. TAKE HOME
    • Applications for heaven have no blanks for my achievements, offices held or perfect attendance in Sunday school.
    • No need to stand at heaven’s gate with your glowing resume…it all comes down to walking through the ‘Jesus Door’.
    • It is either ‘full of myself’ or ‘my only plea: Jesus died for me”.
  • 21. TAKE HOME
    • Prayer may include a commitment to help God bring about the answer I seek.
    • God is not bugged by our persistence and constant beating on his door.
    • God can be moved. Can I?
    • It is not good for a man to pray cream and live skim milk. Henry Ward Beecher
  • 22. Prayer
  • 23. GO TO PRAY ON! Luke 18:1-9

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