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Episode 8 · 1 year ago

Humble Authenticity

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No one likes to admit when they are wrong; because we always think we are right (or else we wouldn't think, say, do, or believe what we do!). But true humility comes from knowing that I am more sinful than I’ll ever fully realize. While at the same time knowing that I am more loved by God than I can ever imagine.

... summer focusing on what I've been calling the heartbeat of our church. We want to pray, we want to care and we want to share Jesus. And so last month we were focusing on this idea of prayer and we looked at how Jesus was praying for us. This incredible truth that Jesus was praying for us that we would be united, and I, like, we need that so, so bad in our world today. So if you miss that message, I encourage you to go to connect those church Dot Org. You'll find that message there. And today we're going to focus on this idea of caring, Caring and with the specific focus of humility, because if there's one thing that I think I know about you is this, is you believe that you are right. You believe that you are right. That's why you do what you do, because you think you're doing the right thing. See, what we ultimately do is based on a belief about who we are and it's most likely based on a belief about who we believe God is, and from those root beliefs come what we do, and what we do is what we think is right. So your view of the world, how you view it, it's the right view to you, because we wouldn't view it that way if we didn't think it was right. So what I think I know about you is that you believe that you are right. Let me illustrate it this way. Let's say you wanted to go out and have pizza for dinner tonight. So you wanted to order pizza from somewhere. Where do you choose to order pizza from? Do you choose to order pizza from the local pizza shop, because that's what you like to do, or do you choose to order pizza from one of those big chain restaurants? You know what you're going to get. Maybe you choose one based on the kind of sauce that you like and and you know you're going to get that right tasting pizza. Or maybe you got some other choices. But maybe you're choosing between a lot of different right choices. How do you choose which one is right? Because you don't want to choose one that's going to give you a bad pizza experience. You don't intentionally walk into those situations. You make a decision based on what you think is right of how you're going to get that pizza tonight, or maybe a little bit more personal. Illustration of this principle is who do you date or...

...marry? How do you choose that? Well, whichever one you choose, you thought in the moment was the right choice, and maybe you're you don't go around looking for, you know, the worst compatible person to date and to marry. You don't find someone you have nothing in common with and ask them to marry you. You don't do that. But but even if you did, in the moment, you believe for some reason that that was the right thing to do, and so you did it. See, what you choose to do is based on a belief about yourself and, ultimately, a belief about God. Have you ever chosen something that you thought was right and in the moment it was right for you, but you ended up realizing that it was wrong? No one likes to be wrong because we all believe that were right. We wouldn't make decisions if we didn't believe that we were right. But what happens when you date that person and marry that person and they don't turn out to be the person that you thought they were? Or you order that, Pete, and you are so excited for pizza tonight and wow, that was the worst pizza I've ever had. How does it happen? How does it come to that? What do you do when you are wrong? Well, Hey, before we get too deep into the message, I want you to take a minute and share with us a decision you made that wasn't right. Don't get too deep, don't get too personal, just share something about a decision you made that wasn't right. Maybe you ordered pizza and it was the bad decision. The other day I got on the Wendy's APP and I ordered something. I was excited. I showed up to go pick it up at the drive through and I was car number a hundred in the line to the drive through and I just canceled my order and I made a wrong decision. So, without getting to deep, take a minute now and share in the chat or with the group you are watching with a decision you made that wasn't right, and I'll see you in a few minutes. So you and I think that we're right about everything that we do, or else we wouldn't do it. So how do we process, how do we move forward when we realize that what we've done was not right. How do we how do we move forward in this? Well, first, I think it's really, really important to realize that you have the ability to make a decision between right and wrong, and that's incredible. Like, just think about this...

...for a second. You have the ability to choose between right and wrong. Like as as amazing as dogs are, like they're not searching Google for the best pizza shop around. They're not choosing between that. We have the ability to choose between right and wrong because, as we read in the creation account, in this as recorded in scripture and genesis, we see that humans were created unique in what is called the image of God. You were created in the image of God. A human being was created in the image of God and it's different than any other created thing. And so this phrase might get thrown around a lot, but, like, what exactly does it mean? I think there's a lot involved here of what it means to be created in the image of God. But from what I've been taught and what I believe is is it really bloils down to a couple things here. Is that we have a mind like God. We Are we can think, we have we're intellectual we learn about things, we learn from the past and our mistakes. We learn. We have a mind, we have a will, we're able to make decisions right and wrong, do this or do that, go up or go down, or drive here or go there. We have a will and we have emotion. We feel just like God does. So we were created in the image of God and these things are unique to human beings. But there's something about this image of God and in human beings that isn't the way that it's really supposed to be. It's tainted and we read about what happened to the first human beings, Adam, and even in genesis chapter three, about how they were in the garden perfect, in a perfect relationship with their creator, God, and something happened. They were created in the image of God and these two, in these things, they had a perfect relationship with God, but in this moment they made a decision and they made a decision to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and in that moment something happened. They realized they did wrong. In the moment they thought that decision was right. They thought God was holding back from them. They wanted to know more, but they realized afterwards that it was the wrong decision and the image of God did not get removed from them, but it's now tainted. It's not the way that it's supposed to be, because sin entered into the world and God said that if you were to eat of this tree, that you would surely die. And in that...

...moment they didn't die physically, but they died spiritually. See, death is essentially separation, and there's three different avenues or ways of being separated in the means of death. The first one is spiritual. It's what happened in that moment when Adam and Eve sinned. The relationship with God was separated, it was broken, and so spiritual death is when you are separated from God. And then there's physical death. So in that moment when Adam and Eve sin they didn't physically die, but the process of decay and death was happening and eventually they did physically died. Who they really were. Their soul, their spirit, would eventually be separated from their body when they physically die. And then there is something called eternal death, eternal separation, eternally separated from God. You see, if your spiritually separated from God, and you physically die, then you will eternally stay separated from God. He say hey, let's get some good news. It's church right. Well, good thing is, I have great news for you that into this situation, God got personally involved. He needed to get personally involved so that he can offer us reconciliation. Now, reconciliation is just a big word. That means bringing back into a right relationship. See, there was separation in the relationship and Jesus showed up. God Sent His only begotten Son to this world to live a perfect life that we should have lived, and then he died on across Jesus did not for his own sin, because he didn't have any. He was perfect, but for arson. He lived a life that we should have lived and he died the death that we deserved to die. And then he was buried. And three days later he did something, and something happened that change the world forever. It changed history forever, it changed my life and maybe your life too, forever. He came back from the dead. This thing called death, this separation, was no longer the final nail in the coffin. He got up and he overcame sin and overcame death and he offers to you, he offers to me, forgiveness for sins, he offers a right relationship with God. Maybe you've heard this view of the world, this story before, and and it's called the Gospel, which is simply means good news. And...

...sometimes this Gospel message is looked at as sort of like the entry point into Christianity. Sometimes this analogy is good to think about it, because sometimes the Gospel is understood as the diving board at which you jump into the pool of Christianity. It's like the beginning, it's like the you get in, but really the Gospel is the entire swimming pool experience. You jump in from the diving board and you swim around, you you explore, you, you see what it's like over here and what this corner is like over here, and then you dive into the depths of it and you, you, you, you just roam around all throughout this pool of the Gospel. And so if you've heard this message before, man you there's so much in it to take from it. But maybe you're hearing this message for the first time with new and open ears and an open heart. Maybe God is speaking to you in these moments and saying I know need. I want this right relationship with God, and you're saying I need this relationship, and God saying I want this relationship with you. Would you just receive this free gift, this free gift of a right relationship with God? Would you do that right here and right now, just in the quietness of your heart? Said God, I would need a relationship with you. God, thank you for making things right with me. God, thank you for forgiving my sin. Maybe you say a prayer like God, I today am giving my life to you. I am trusting you with my life. Make me a new creation. Today begins my relationship with you. If you prayed that prayer, if you're making that decision, we would love to hear about that. Would you let someone know or let me know? You can send a text message to our church number. Seven one, seven, seven, four two, five, five three five, and I will make sure to get in touch with you. I want to celebrate with you as you are making a decision that will impact the rest of your life in a great, great way. So we would love to hear about your faith decision. If you just text seven one, seven, seven, four two, five five three five, I will get in touch with you. I love to have this conversation with you, but we start our message today right here, because we need to know these truths deep within our soul, because where the message is about to go might seem like a total contradiction of what we just talked about. See, when you trust and believe in Jesus, he forgives you of your sin and he sends the Holy Spirit to come and live inside of you, which gives you the power to overcome sin. But the problem is is that we are all still sinners,...

...whether we're are Christian or not. We all make mistakes, we all do things that we regret all of the time. We think saying, do things that fall short of our own standards. I mean we the expectations we set for ourselves or high enough, but God has a perfect standard and we can't live up to that. And so we enter into this tension where, yes, we are forgiven and yes, God lives inside of us and yes, we have the power to overcome sin, but we still sin. But the pot because of your faith in Jesus, you have the power to sin less, not to be sinless, but the power to sin less. See, because of your faith in Jesus, it saves you from Jesus, saves you from the penalty of sin, which is death. It saves you from the presence of sin, which is heaven. And Right now, today, in this moment, God is saving you from the power of sin the Holy Spirit inside of you. You can make the right decision every time. But the problem is is we don't whether we're a Christian or not a Christian. And let me just say if you aren't a Christian and you're watching right now and you're here with us, thank you so much for being here. I'm so excited for you that you are exploring Christianity and what it means to have a right relationship with God. I'm just super, super excited for you. But this is the tension that we are waiting through, is that the more we grow in our relationship with Jesus, the better we grow in our ability to sin less. We realize this power that we have and we get better at making those right decision of following the spirit, but we also understand just how sinful we really are. See, in Christ we have the power to sin less, but the closer you grow in your relationship with God, the more you realize just how sinful you really are the apostle. Paul described it this way and his letter to a young pastor named Timothy that he was bringing up along behind him. And and if you have your Bible, I encourage you to turn earn it to first Timothy Chapter One, and that's where we'll be for the rest of our time here. First Timothy Chapter One. Paul says this. He says this is a trustworthy saying and everyone should accept it. Christ, Jesus came into the world to save sinners and I am the worst of all of them, the guy who wrote this, the guy who wrote most of our New Testament in our Bible, the guy that plans at all these churches all over the world. He wrote the very words of God and...

...he calls himself the worst sinner of them all. What is Paul doing here? Well, in our time remaining we're going to look at the verses surrounding this verse right here to see what exactly Paul is telling us here. But before we get there, I want to give you the conclusion. All Right, are you ready? Are you ready for the main point, the conclusion? If you're ready, say I'm ready. Type it in the chat. Say I'm ready. I'm ready all right here. It is true. Humility comes from knowing that I am more sinful than I will ever fully realize, while at the same time knowing that I am more loved by God that I can ever imagine. True, through humility comes from knowing that I am more sinful than I will ever fully realize, while at the same time knowing that I am more loved by God that I can ever imagine. So, because of this is such a great foundation to start, we're going to pause right here and I want you, in the chat or with your group, to discuss this question. How do you define humility? Take a minute and I will be back. So let's jump back to verse eight and start there. In Our text today, Paul writes this. He says we know that the law is good when use correctly, meaning there is an incorrect way to use the law. Now the law is the old testamic code of conduct that you might find in the God's contract with Moses. If you're interested in that. A great place to read about the law is in the book of Deuteronomy, and you can read about all the rules and regulations that the nation of Israel had to follow. And this law is good when it's used correctly, meaning there is a wrong way to use the law. What's He say here? He says for the law was not intended for people who do what is right. See, the law is not a checklist to follow of all the right things to do, to follow God, and then will be right and will be good. The law was never intended for that. Paul goes on to say that way. It was intended for people who are lawless and rebellious. The law is for people that don't keep the law. It's not a checklist to do everything right. It's more like a mirror that shows you that you don't do things right. And so it's for people who are lawless and rebellious. And maybe you don't find yourself in that category right now, and that's okay, because Paul continues. He says it's for people who are lawless and...

...rebellious and who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what's Holy, who killed their follower mother or commit other murders. The laws for people who are sexually IM moral and who practice homosexuality or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers or, just in case you didn't find yourself anywhere in this list, anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching that comes from the glorious good news and trusted to me by our blessed God. Thanks, Paul. What Paul is saying here is that the law is for you, the law is for me, and it's not a checklist of things to do. That is right, but it's a mirror to show us that we fall short and because we fall short, we need a better solution. Paul is saying that we are all found on this list and we don't line up to it, we don't live up to it. And Paul says this. He says I thank Christ Jesus, Our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, even though I used a blaspheing the name of Christ in my insolence, I persecuted his people. See, God trusted Paul and he appointed him to serve God, even though, even though he blaspheing Christ and even though he persecuted his people, God trusted him. Does God trust you? You know, we talked about a lot. You know I do. I Trust God. Am I putting my faith and trust in God, but because God trust you and has he appointed you to do something only you can do. He did for Paul, even though he did these things. Paul said, but God had mercy on me because I did it an ignorance and unbelief. Oh How generous and gracious our Lord was. He filled me with the faith and love that comes from Christ, Jesus. God had mercy on him. God didn't give him what he deserved because he didn't do it in he did in an ignorance and unbelief. Paul didn't know what he was doing. See, the law could do nothing to change his actions. In fact, what he was doing. He thought he was obeying God and following God and being good, but really he was not, and so he didn't know. We don't know. We don't have the power to do what is right. But God showed mercy to him, and then God filled him with faith and love. It's it's not about trying to muster up enough faith or trying to love enough people or be the best kind of lover that I we can love people with. God filled him with faith, God filled him with love. It comes from Jesus.

Paul goes on to say that this is a trustworthy saying. Here's our verse, and everyone should accept that. Christ Jesus came in in the world to save sinners. Jesus came into the world to save sinners. He died on the Cross, as Peter Rights, that in his own body, on that tree, he took your sin and for your sin so that we could be healed, so that we could live right by his wounds. The scriptures say we are healed. Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and Paul says, and I am the worst of them all. There's not a competition to be the worst sinner. What Paul is saying here is that the more I really understand all that Jesus has done for me, the more I understand just how sinful I really am. To keep reading, but God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patients with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they too, they too, they too, remember that list that Paul just said those liars, they too, those promised breakers, they too, those murderers, they too, they too can believe in him and receive eternal life. Man, if we were together in person right now. I want everyone clapping and everyone praising God because they too can believe and they too can be saved, that they too can have eternal life. That that is incredible, and Paul exploads in this faith. All honor and glory to God forever and ever. He is the eternal king, the unseen one who never dies, and he alone is God. Amen. Since we can't clap, we can't praise online like this, I want you to take a minute and share in the chat or with your group something that wouns you about God, something that wows you about God, and I'll see you in a second. We are so flawed that Jesus had to die, but we are so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die. Paul was a sinner desperate need of a savior, and only the sacrifice of God will do. And we're in the same boat. This levels the playing field. Nobody is better than anyone else, and this is the subject of our message today. Humility, realizing that in Christ we're all good, but in ourself were far separated from God, even more...

...than we could ever think or imagine. This is the beautiful dichotomy that comes only in Christianity. See, our culture celebrates the idea that we are all good. Like we talked about loving everybody and caring every for people and and respecting everyone's views, and everyone deserves to have their needs, mad and health, mad and and you know, everybody's life matters. But what happens when somebody doesn't really believe that or doesn't live that way? What if someone isn't as tolerant as you are? I think about this for a second, like, if you really nail down into that belief system, where do those thoughts come from? Like they're good thoughts. There, they work. They seem to be good. But like, where? What do you base that on? How D are we really supposed to love everybody? Are loves that person that that doesn't agree with us at all. Really, see, only in the Gospel do we find the power to live this self sacrificial love that can love regardless of whether someone's right or wrong, or whether they agree with you or not agree with you. That's what Jesus did, that's what God does. And see the people that Paul Talks about that are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and define what is holy? Who killed their father and mother and commit other murders? Who are sexually am moral or who practice homeosexuality, or our slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching. Those are the very people that we are no better than. We're on that list. We're all on that list together. We can't be speaking from a place of superiority. And sure we need to speak out against things. We need to do that. It's good to do that, but we need to speak out not from a place of superiority but with grace, with understanding, with truth that comes from God. See, I love the truth of humility and the tension that this brings, because humility isn't thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less. It's not selfloathing, it's it's having a right understanding of who you are and whose you are, and with that comes great unity with everyone. We're in this together and as we do that, we reflect the very nature of God, who three persons in one and they a all mutually submit to one another. It's beautiful. See, only at the cross is...

...our pride destroyed and are insecurities. Hell, we aren't good enough, and that's okay. But because of Jesus was good enough for us. That makes us okay. When we believe this about ourselves, we find great community and unity with others. We work together as a team, as a group, we make room for everyone and we grow together. But, but this is important. We can't be so humble and complacent that we're all sinners and God will forgive me. He will. But we all have the power to do what's right through the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives, and we have a personal responsibility to live into this power. This is what Paul Talks about as he ends this chapter. In First Timothy. Here he says this, Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord's battles, cling to your faith in Christ and keep your conscience clear, for some people have deliberately violated their consciousness and, as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. Himeneus and Alexander are two examples. I threw them out and handed them over to Satan so that they might learn not to blaspheme God. I don't want your faith to be shipwrecked. Cling to your faith in Christ and don't cloud your conscience with building up all of these sinful things that God will eventually forgive because, yeah, he already has forgiven them and he will forgive you for it. But that doesn't mean there's consequences for your actions, as with Hymeneus and Alexander and and what happened to them. Like we, there are consequences for what we choose to do. So that is why we need to live with a big purpose of humble authenticity. Humble authenticity where the real goal is real transformation. We don't want to just relish in our sins all together, but we want to create an real, authentic place where we pursue God together humble authenticity. See through our authenticity, we know just how much we screw up and fall short, but through the genuineness of our faith we find real life transformation. Together. We identify with each other's weaknesses, we grow in our faith and we learn to live by the power of the spirit, and in doing so we grow closer together with...

God and with each other. Everyone's invited to journey with us in this see these beliefs about God and about yourself affect the way that you live. If we live with humility, we will have a great chance to achieve unity. When we realize how flawed we are, and you know that you're no better than anyone else, but at the same time, when we exp orients just how loved we are, then you want to help as many people as possible feel that experience that loves this beautiful tension, this beautiful contradiction, this beautiful purpose, that you can truly live from the matter what is going on in your life. Let's pray God. Thank you so much for the opportunity to learn from your word. Thank you that Paul shared with Timothy and with us about what it means to have a right view of ourselves, that we can be humble and we can be authentically humble, and that as we realize just how sinful, just how separated we are from you, Oh God, that's when we truly truly realize just how much you love us. While we were yet sinners. Oh God, help us understand what that means. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. All the love, the deep, deep love that he has for us may it shape us and call us to a life that is just extraordinary. May We live with purpose. Amen.

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