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Sermon Outline, July 2, 2017, Remove the Rock of Pride

Remove the Rock of Pride

Luke 18:9 ~ 14

~ Hebrews 12:1           Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

~ Romans 6:1-2           What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

Exalt Jesus.

Pride exalts Self.

~ Proverbs 16:18         Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.



Humility exalts Jesus.

~ Luke 9:24     For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.



Honor Others.

Pride views others with Contempt.

~ Romans 14:10           But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.


Humility views others with Honor.

~ I Peter 2:17  Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.

~ Romans 12:10           Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;

~ Romans 12:16          Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.

~ Romans 15:7            Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.

~ Galatians 5:13          For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

~ Ephesians 4:32         Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

~ Philippians 2:3         Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

~ I Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

~ I John 4:7-8              Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.



Trust Jesus Christ.

Pride trusts in Self for Salvation.

~ Ephesians 2:8           For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

~ Titus 3:5       He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,


Humility trusts Jesus for Salvation.

~ I Corinthians 15:10  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.

~ Galatians 2:20          I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

~ Acts 4:12     And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.

~ John 14:6     Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Daily Prayer Guide

How Great is the Father’s Love

John 12:26

If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.


Ask Matt, Geoff, or me what the most praised part of our ministry is at any given time and we will almost always give you the same answer: our volunteers.  Finding those people who are willing to dedicate their time to those who are just starting to learn what it means to be a church member, a follower of Jesus, and have a firm belief in God.  It takes energy, it takes emotion, and some sacrifice.  But, my goodness, the rewards are tremendous.  To hear a preschooler recite exactly what happened in the Easter story, to see a 9 year old be baptized, or a high school senior make the decision to go into a ministry field, is completely worth it.

Our church has over 700 people currently identifying as members, and I have to say that I am in awe of how much most of those members help in various areas of the church.  Communion prep, prayer, welcome desk, teachers, We Care, worship, etc.  The people that help in the youth areas are usually involved in not just our area, but in 2 or 3 others as well.  That’s a great testament to the kids of the church that not only do these people care about them and will take time for them, but they model what a follower of Jesus should be doing.  I encourage you if you are not currently participating in any ministry in the church to look at all the opportunities out there and find one that gives you the chance to use your spiritual gifts.  I promise you it will be completely worth it.

Lesley Tipton

Daily Prayer Guide

How Great is the Father’s Love

John 15:8


Fishers of Men

On a boat off the coast of Northwest Haiti, the team I was leading inched closer to a little fishing village called KaPaFu. We traveled to KaPaFu to encourage and build relationships with locals.  We disembarked from our boat and watched a fisherman prepare his large net for the new day.  One person on my team asked, “How much for your net?”  The fisherman replied, “This net is my work.”  My teammate said, “I know. Would you take $20 for it?  You can then buy a new one.”  The man smiled and excitedly handed us his smelly fishing net.  My teammate was joking of course but that fisherman was serious.  That day we used the net as a symbol to teach how God wanted believers to unite together, each holding their portion of the net to bring in the harvest.

Jesus described the kingdom of God as a net “that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish” (Matthew 13:47).  The net in Jesus’ day, as in the example above, required many people to hold the net to bring in the harvest of fish. In the same way, the fulfillment of the Great Commission requires all who claim allegiance to Christ to actively be involved.  The call to God and allegiance to God’s kingdom elicit outward response.  Discipleship is not for its own sake.  Simply, God calls and sends people into service equipped with spiritual gifts to extend his reign on the earth.

As we wade into this series of multiplying workers, much can be said about the need and importance of more people being invested and involved in  multiplying God’s Kingdom.  We have the potential here at Tates Creek to band together and reach out to every individual in our community but we are still not done with God’s mission.  No matter how big a revival we experience, our area is still only a small part of the world that God has sent us to transform through His gospel.

As I rode on the boat to the fishing village, I couldn’t help but think of one of my favorite worships songs, “Oceans,” that says, “You call me out upon the waters, The great unknown where feet may fail, And there I find You in the mystery, In oceans deep, My faith will stand.”  Later in the song it ends saying, “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, Let me walk upon the waters, Wherever You would call me, Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, And my faith will be made stronger, In the presence of my Savior, I will call upon Your name, Keep my eyes above the waves, My soul will rest in Your embrace, I am Yours and You are mine.”

Geoff Lawson

Daily Prayer Guide

How Great is the Father’s Love

Luke 6:36

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Daily Prayer Guide

How Great is the Father’s Love

I Corinthians 8:6

yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.

Remove the Rock of Pride – Luke 18:9-14

Proverbs 16:18 warns “Pride goes before destruction.”

We see the example of the results of pride when we remember Eve in the garden. Satan came to her in his sneaky, crafty way and tempted her to eat the fruit that God had forbidden saying, “You will not surely die, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God.” He appealed to Eve’s pride. She fell for the lie.

This opened the door for the troubles that then fell on all of mankind, of whom we are a part.

On the other hand, we see the Godly handling of pride when we read of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4: 1-1-11). Satan tried his best to tempt Jesus to get into pride. He suggested Jesus use his power to turn stones into bread after his 40 day fast,(appealing to His power), then he tried to get Jesus to throw himself done off a pinnacle,saying angels would bear him up. Next he tried to appeal to Jesus by telling him he would have all the kingdoms of the world if he would worship him.  Jesus met the test with the word of God. He did not let Satan lure him into pride of who he was and what his power was.

We do not want to be like Eve when faced with pride. Psalm 73:6 says, “Therefore pride is about their neck like a chain.”

When we think of pride like a chain around our neck it helps to resist it, but it can be so tempting to want to set people straight when we are challenged in our opinions or behavior (especially when we know we are right). When these temptations come, let us determine to walk in the example Jesus provided and not fall for the temptation to let pride get a foothold. We don’t have to have that chain around our neck which takes our focus off Jesus and puts it on our grievances, stirs us up, and steals our peace. See pride coming and resist it in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Peggy Park

Daily Prayer Guide

How Great is the Father’s Love

I John 2:16

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

Daily Prayer Guide

How Great is the Father’s Love

Matthew 6:17-18

17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face 18 so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

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