Sunday, Oct 7, 2018AM Service
Pride Crushers (Part 3)
Speaker: Jerry Wragg
Passage: Luke 14
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Today, we continue our excursion from the exposition of Luke 14 to study the root cause of what keeps people from the Truth of the Gospel. The root cause is PRIDE.  This study will help the Christian avoid the drift back into the pride that blinded us before coming to Christ.

In Luke 14:1-24, Jesus Christ exposed Six Characteristics of a Prideful Heart:

  1. Pride Hates Righteousness (verse 1)
  2. Pride Sets Its Own Trap (verse 2)
  3. Pride is Selective with Scripture (verse 3-5)
  4. Pride Seeks the Praises of Men (verses 7-11)
  5. Pride Gives with Ulterior Motives (verses 12-14)
  6. Pride Ignores Eternal Implications (verses 15-24)

God’s word teaches us how to crush pride and nurture humility. We examined three pride crushers so far:

  1. Submit to the sovereign Lordship of Christ (Ephesians 1:11)
  2. Learn, own, embrace, and believe everything that Christ did on the cross.
  3. Open your heart to the Spirit’s renewal (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

This week, we want to ask ourselves some critical questions about our participation in the Spirit’s renewal. We must diagnose whether we are fighting God’s work in our lives:

  1. Do I allow arguments against Scripture to cause my heart to be skeptical?
  2. Do I nurture prideful theories in my heart to explain away miracles in the Bible?
  3. Do I create a softer version of Truth to reduce the tension in God’s Word regarding doctrines such as God’s sovereignty, hell, predestination, depravity, election, etc.
  4. Do I make excuses for unbiblical thinking of the world?
  5. Do I coddle pet idols when Scripture collides with them?  For example:
    1. Philippians 4:6 – Be anxious for nothing.
    2. James 1:2 – Have joy in trials.
    3. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – In everything, give thanks.
    4. Philippians 2:3 – Regard others as more important than yourself.
    5. Matthew 5:44 – Love enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
    6. James 3:16 – Jealousy and selfish ambition are evil.
    7. 2 Corinthians 5:9 – Pleasing Christ is our ambition.

Are you disputing with God’s Word or are you cultivating humility by submitting to it?