Sunday, Nov 3, 2019AM Service
The Gospel According to Children (Part 2) - Kingdom Attitudes Here & Now
Speaker: Jerry Wragg
Passage: Luke 18:15-17
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In Luke 18:15-17, Jesus declares a settled matter. If one does not welcome the kingdom like a child, he will not enter it.

Last week, we examined the passage where Christ reveals the greatest stumbling block for salvation. No sinner can come to Christ, if they think they are worthy and trust in themselves with pride. Unless you turn back from your sophisticated way of living and become utterly dependent on the Lord like a child, then salvation is not available. There are four elements required to receive the salvation like a child:

  1. Reject self-worth and self-exultation.
  2. Authentic humility – go to God for mercy.
  3. Faith in Christ without trust in self.
  4. Faith grounded exclusively in God.

An infant is the most vivid expression of total trust and submission. Infants are totally helpless; they bring nothing and are ignorant. And as believers we must grow in humility. God is opposed to the proud and gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). Our steadfast trust must be increasing. We must strive to grow in grace by practicing humility. But how? We can boil it down into two principles:

  1. Humility is seeing yourself rightly.
  2. Faith relies on God exclusively.

Proverbs 16:5 states the matter bluntly – Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord. It doesn’t get any clearer than that!!

Let’s practically examine how to grow in humility. In order to do so, we must know when we are being proud or wise in your own eyes (Proverbs 26:12). And, we must let the Bible define the sin of pride and the fruit of repentance. There cannot just be a grief over pride, we must forsake it and turn 180 degrees in the opposite direction.

Stuart Scott’s book, From Pride to Humility, is an excellent little book on this subject. Let’s practically examine pride and define it Biblically. Pride is:

  1. Complaining or passing judgment on God (Romans 9:14ff)
  2. Ingratitude – believing that I deserve better
  3. Bitterness/Anger – thinking I have rights not being met. Two kinds: the pride that says I can express it the way I want to express it and the pride that says that I can justify my way of expressing it.
  4. Seeing yourself as better than others.
  5. Inflated view of your abilities, gifts, and talents. 1 Cor 4:7 – what do you have that you have not been given by God?
  6. Self-pity – focus on lowliness and a comparison with others
  7. Always talking about yourself – significance and boasting (Proverbs 27:2)
  8. Talking too much (Proverbs 10:19)
  9. Independent mindedness – rejecting authority. Christians are conformers; we are commanded to be conformed to Christ.
  10. Being consumed with what others think of you; always wanting to be esteemed by others (Gal 1:10) and devastated by a critique. A Christian cannot desire a life without transparency or exposure. Your sin is obvious and we have Christ to cover our sin and help us.
  11. Unteachableness – stubbornly hard-hearted
  12. Unkindness – raising yourself above others to cut them down. Proverbs 12:18
  13. Not serving in the Church – you are to be a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2)
  14. Lack of compassion – rarely concerned for others.
  15. Defensiveness & blame-shifting (Genesis 3) – explaining away sin. The proud person makes excuses.
  16. Never admitting you are wrong and seeking forgiveness (Proverbs 10:17)
  17. Lack of Biblical prayer – a proud person rarely prays because he is self-reliant and if he does, his prayers focus on himself, not God and others.
  18. Disrespect for authority. All authority is given by God (Romans 13:1)
  19. Always voicing opinions and preferences (when not asked). We are commanded to give preference to others and treat them as more important than us. (Philippians 2:3)
  20. Jealousy and envy (1 Cor. 13:4)
  21. Impatience and irritability are pride.
  22. Lying is pride; covering sin.
  23. Attention getting tactics.
  24. Keeping everyone at arm’s distance (self-preserving) – no close relationships; the Scripture is clear; we are to stimulate others for love and good deeds (Heb 10:24; 1 Peter 3 – entering into other’s struggles)

To grow in humility, we must know when we are proud and not have shallow repentance. Next week, we will look at these areas and measure ourselves by the Lord Jesus. This will help us know the depth of our sin.