May 28: Deadly Sin #1- Pride (Luke 18:9-14)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Scott Forney will continue a series going through Tim Keller's "Meaning of Marriage" at 10 am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
9) He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10) “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11) The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12) I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13) But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14) I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
While the idea of a list of uniquely plaguing sins dates back to the 4th century, Pope Gregory the Great, around the 6th century condemned the list to seven sins, becoming known as the seven deadly sins. The sins are Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony and Lust. This is not to imply other sins are less deadly, as many would consider murder worse than gluttony, but were so highlighted because they were the sources of sins, from which all sins spring. They are dispositions of the heart that can lead us further and further down the road of destruction. Please remember that sin is not simply an action to stop but arises from our confused attempts to find happiness. Sin seeks beauty (albeit a counterfeit version of it) and leads to a life of lost love and despair.
So over the next seven weeks, we will look at the nature of the sin, its destructive impact and then how to mortify (old word for kill) it so that we can live with joy and satisfaction. We will start with the 'mother of all sin', pride.
Review and Apply
Are there patterns of sin in your life that are leading you to discouragement and despair?
If sin is a disordered love, what are you seeking in the behaviors that are contrary to God?
Do you tend towards self-promotion or self-pity?
Is there evidence of self-righteousness in your life? Do you look down on people more sinful than you or do you cast judgment on judgmental people?
What have been some destructive effects of your pride?
How can consideration of the cross kill pride? What are some practical ways to kill pride in your life?