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

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