Living Invitations Part 5 Ministry Chat

May 26, 2017

We do these ministry chats on Online Ministry Training as a sermon preparation tool for the weekend message. We are in a series call Living Invitations and we are currently in a little sub-series on the armor of God. We will be looking at the breastplate of righteousness this week and talking about the difference between His righteousness and self-righteousness. There is a parable in Luke 18 that will be one of the focal points:

Luke 18:9-14 (NIV)
9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ 13 “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.’ 14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

I think it is fascinating that verse 9 makes it clear that people who are self-righteous look down on everybody else. If we are self-righteous we will not be living invitations.

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Child of the King, husband to Alice, father to Sarah and Douglas, grand father to Samuel, Avery, Stevie, Eloise, Reed, Madeline and Margaret, pastor to the Vineyard in Big Pine Key, sometime writer and blogger, jogger, kayaker and founder of the Jesus Moment Bible Institute and Seminary (onlinebibleinstitute.org).

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