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INVEST: BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE WORTH IT
Part 3 - Give Judgment, Get Judgment

January 20, 2019


Discuss a time when you walked around with something on you…but no one told you!

If your desire is to be more like Christ, how do you know you are accomplishing that goal?

From the Barna Group Research:
51% of American Christians possess attitudes and actions that are more like the Pharisees than they are like Jesus. 
Only 14% reflect attitudes and actions that resemble Jesus
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  • Which of these statements do you struggle with most?

  • I tell others the most important thing in life is following God’s dos and do nots. 

  • I don’t talk about my sins. That’s between me and God.

  • I like to point out publicly those who do not have the right theology.

  • I find it hard to be friends with people who seem to always do the wrong things.

  • Which of these statements exhibit your attitude and actions?

  • In recent years, I have influenced multiple people to consider following Christ.

  • I try to discover the needs of non-Christians rather than waiting for them to come to me.

  • I believe that God is for everyone.

  • It is more important to help people know God is for them than to make sure they know they are sinners.

Read Matthew 23:1-12

  • Jesus is judging the religious people of that day. Discuss some of those accusations.

    • What accusations were most convicting to you?

  • From your experience, what do non-Christians think of Christians?

Read Luke 18:9-11

  • Sermon Point #1 - “I’m holier-than-thou”

    • When could you have shown mercy but instead chose a “holier-than-thou” attitude?

Read Luke 18:12

  • Sermon Point #2 - “More people need to give voice to Christian values”

    • Have you ever been upset at someone who didn’t share your values? 

PC gave three reasons why we shouldn’t judge outsiders…

  • It’s ruining the relationship

  • It’s an awful outreach approach

  • It’s un-Jesus like

  • How could you do the opposite and positively impact non-Christians?

Read Luke 18:13

  • Sermon Point #3 - “You shouldn’t hang around with people like that”

  • What are some obstacles that make having relationships with non-Christians uncomfortable?

Read Luke 18:14-16

  • What are we in danger of if we exalt ourselves?

  • What then can we do to help, and not hinder, others coming to Jesus?