Saturday, April 25, 2009
Tomorrow's Sermon - How We Must See Ourselves
Tomorrow, Lord willing, I will preach on the parable of Jesus from Luke 18:9-14. Here you find the story of two men who pray--a Pharisee and a tax collector (seen in this piece of art). Each are on the different sides of the ethical ladder of their society. Both long to be accepted by God in their prayers but only one goes to his home justified (or accepted by God).
Jesus told this parable because saw so many who trusted in themselves for their righteousness and showed contempt for other people whom they compared themselves (usually outward "gross sinners").
Studying and meditating on this text has been quite challenging, convicting and encouraging.
Tomorrow, by looking at this parable, I want to point out the difference between "religion" and Christ--and the many implications.
Tonight I plan on reading Spurgeon's sermon on 1 Cor. 4:7 - "Pride Catechized and Condemned."