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Overcoming Pride - Luke 18:9-14

This is a sermon by Liam Hayward from the morning service on 14th November 2021.

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Overcoming Pride Luke 18:9-14

 

The problem with pride is that it blinds us

 

Focus on others gives a distorted view of self

              

 

Focus on achievement gives an elevated view of self

 

The problem with pride is that it condemns us

              

We’re not judged along the line but by God

              

We’re not judged by what we do but upon whom we believe

 

 

The solution to pride is to humbly cast oneself on God’s mercy

 

 

Questions:

  • Why do you think pride is so prevalent among wider society and even the church?
  • Why do we have contempt for certain blatant sins and so feel morally superior to those who commit them? In what other ways are we tempted to “look along the line”?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 4:7 – How does Paul’s words help us understand our pride of achievement?
  • What is God’s reaction to our proud hearts (Proverbs 16:5)? Why such a severe reaction to this?
  • All sin condemns us before a holy God, but why might pride be particularly dangerous?
  • How does one cast themselves on God’s mercy like the tax collector? What must happen before we are able to do the same?
  • Read Mark 10:35-45 – judging from this passage what would overcoming pride look like in our lives?

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