I hope that you are doing well today!
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon comes from 1 Corinthians 3:18-23. This is the next sermon in our Building Blocks series.
Have you ever deceived yourself?
Google defines self deception as: the action or practice of allowing oneself to believe that a false or unvalidated feeling, idea, or situation is true.
Let’s look at a few Scriptures that will help us grasp this.
Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Isaiah 5:21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!
Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?
Galatians 6:3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
James 4:17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
1 John 1:6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
1 John 2:4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
We are told multiple times in the Bible to not be deceived. However, why do some Christians not want to believe the truth about their identity in Christ but do want to believe that their sin is not as bad as the Bible makes it sound and won’t really hurt them.
Self-deception is a sin.
You are allowing yourself to believe a lie.
1 Corinthians 3:18-23
Self deception can also occur in the area of wisdom. We see here that we are not to think that we are wise by the world’s standard of wisdom.
Paul says, that the world’s wisdom is folly. The world’s wisdom is foolishness to God. So, we must become fools to become wise.
In other words, we must become as fools to the world to be seen as wise in God’s eyes.
This whole conversation started because the Corinthians were arguing over who they thought was the best pastor. The Corinthians were in danger of following a man more than following Jesus. They were in danger of making an idol out of their pastor instead of following Jesus.
If we are not careful, we can be in danger of the same things. We find a pastor that we like, we read his books, we watch his livestreams on Facebook or YouTube, we go to the conferences that he speaks at, and we want more.
We must caution ourselves. We must search our own soul. Are we following the man or are we looking at them to be our example of how to live more Christlike?
Look at verse 21: Let no one boast in men.
Why does he say that?
Pastors are not any more special than you. They are held to a higher standard and will be held more accountable for their words and their teachings but they are not more special. They are chosen by God just as you have been chosen from before the foundations of the world.
They have a work to accomplish, armor to wear and battles to fight just like you.
They are Christlike examples. They are not an authority. An advisor, yes. Authority no.
The pastor has no authority over you.
The Bible is my authority, the same as it is your authority.
My goal is to teach you the Bible, so that you will build your faith on a solid foundation. My prayer is that you would live it out daily and believe who you are in Christ and what he has called you to do.
I can’t make you believe.
I can’t make you obey.
Every Sunday, my goal is to take you to the cross. I can only take you to the cross. What you do when you get there is up to you.
I am responsible for following Jesus and obeying Scripture as my highest authority and then carefully communicate that to you so that you can obey as disciples and go and make other disciples.
I am responsible for telling you the truth. I am not responsible for what you do with it.
I pray for you.
I care for you.
I want you to obey and be everything that Jesus has made you to be.
But. I can’t make you do that. You have to want that for yourself.
Here is the best news out of this passage.
Again we are reminded that we have everything we need to live this life.
V21 – For all things are yours
God has already given you what you need to be his disciple and make disciples. He has given you things to be a blessing to others. He has given you things to share with others. He has given you things so that you can use them as tools to share the gospel with the people in your life. Everything you have is to be used for His glory and making disciples.
You are not lacking in anything.
You have everything you need to live this life.
It is time for you to go and live the life that Jesus has created you to live.
Go be who Jesus created you to be.
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