HYPOCRISY, A SINFUL BEHAVIOR
A. Let’s focus on a behavior that hinders the influence and growth of a local church.
I’m referring to hypocrisy.
B. If I asked for a show of hands ________________________________________,
would you raise your hand?
C. I guess we all have been guilty of hypocrisy to some degree. When we are, repent
and ask God’s forgiveness. 1 John 1:9
D. Let’s deal with a hypocritical life-style.
I. Definition: Comes from a Greek word that signifies that part taken by an actor;
hence outward show. Unger’s Bible Dictionary.
A. A religious hypocrite: One who pretends, plays a role.
B. We need to be careful not to confuse hypocrisy with weaknesses. Romans 7:18-25
(834); 1 John 1:7-10 (899)
II. Jesus addressed the hypocrites in His day.
A. Jesus called some of the religious leaders ____________________________________
B. Several practices of the hypocrites according to Matthew 23: ____________________
III. A few ways Jesus teaches His disciples to live. Matthew 5:14-16 (705)
A. To bring glory to God.
B. To be defenders of the faith.
C. To bring people to Jesus.
D. To Live what we teach. Romans 2:21-24 (831)
E. Rm, 2:24; Isaiah 52:4-5 (547)
Conclusion: Question __________________________________________________________