#Challenges of Control: Discovering Authenticity

Sunday,February 12, 2017



  • Selfie hashtag has expanded over 200% since 2013
  • iPhones, smart phones, etc., have high-tech cameras where you can fix all of your images to make sure you look your best at all times


Luke 18:9-14, p. 742

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable:  “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’


“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’


“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”  


#get real

The Pharisee represents our selfie-centered culture; unrealistic view of self and Holy God.


We try to “febreze” our stinking rotting sin:


Isaiah 64:6, p. 531

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;  we all shrivel up like a leaf,  and like the wind our sins sweep us away.


Isaiah 65:5, p. 531

Yet they say to each other, ‘Don’t come too close or you will defile me! I am holier than you!’ These people are a stench in my nostrils, an acrid smell that never goes away.  (NLT)


Romans 3:10-20, p. 797

There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.   All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.


Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know.


There is no fear of God before their eyes.


Referring to people within our churches:


2 Timothy 3:1-5

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,  without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,  treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.


#get humble

  • “God, have mercy on me, a sinner”
  • Confess, repent, and receive God’s Grace and Mercy


#only Jesus

  • “…went home justified before God”
  • Instead of “febrezing” our decaying rotting sin allow Jesus Christ to remove all of our sin.

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