The Messiah’s Authoritative Expectations, 1

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We live in a culture that promotes self-esteem. We hand out trophies to everyone so that no one will feel bad about themselves. We protect each other’s fragile egos by avoiding confrontation. But Scripture takes a different approach. God knows that the last thing we need is to feel better about ourselves. In fact, Scripture seems to go out of its way to point out just how bad we are. Take Romans 3:9-20 for example, the Old Testament law, or Jesus’s sermon on the mount. These are just a few of the passages that want us to come away feeling bad about ourselves, not to drive us to depression, but to drive us to life. You see the worse we feel about ourselves as we realistically face our sin and its damaging effects, the more we will see that we need Jesus and His righteousness to have any hope of standing before God some day. So, throw pop-psychology’s self-esteem, recognize your sinfulness, and turn to the God who helps the poor in Spirit by giving them the kingdom of heaven. – Pastor Rory Martin

Sunday at Liberty

  • BTH: Pastor Rory–Ecclesiology–Scripture vs Tradition
  • AM: Pastor Rory–Matthew 5-7–The Messiah’s Authoritative Expectations, 1 (sermon notes)
  • Worship Committee Meeting, 12:30pm
  • PM: Pastor Rory–1 Timothy 5:17-21–What Is a Pastor? Overseer/Leader
  • Youth SNAC, 7:30pm

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