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Matthew 23 - NIV

A Warning Against Hypocrisy

1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:

2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.

3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.

4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries[a] wide and the tassels on their garments long;

6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;

7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.

8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.

9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.

10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.

11 The greatest among you will be your servant.

12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Seven Woes on the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees

13 -14 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.[b]

15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.


a. Matthew 23:5 That is, boxes containing Scripture verses, worn on forehead and arm
b. Matthew 23:13 Some manuscripts include here words similar to Mark 12:40 and Luke 20:47.

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Shared by: Ronald Shultz on Oct, 2016
Summary: Don't put that notch on your Gospel gun until you are sure you hit the target. If it is not a heart shot, a flesh wound will kill them.
Scripture: Matthew 23:15
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 99
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Shared by: David Radcliff on Mar, 2016
Summary: One of Christ's most scathing sermons.
Scripture: Matthew 23:13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 180
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Shared by: Bob Marcaurelle on Mar, 2016
Summary: Message seven shows hypocrites lead many people to doubt the reality of church member's claims and their need of accepting Jesus. It defines what a hypocrite is and what our response should be.
Scripture: Matthew 23:13-14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 195
J Jeffrey  Smead avatar
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Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Dec, 2015
Summary: And on the way home Jana said, with great satisfaction "I had the main part in the play!" "You did?"wondering why she thought that. "Yes," she said, "'cause I showed everybody how to find Jesus!" Wouldn't that be a wonderful way to be remembered.
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Matthew 23 - Call No Man Father
Shared by: Greg Gordon on May, 2015
Summary: And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. - Matthew 23:9 Leaving a Presbyterian Church today at the end of the service we sang 3 amens, which is typical in many reformed churches dating back to the time ...
Scripture: Matthew 23:9
Views: 269
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A Reflection on Servant-Leadership
Shared by: Bishop Lalachan Abraham on Nov, 2014
Summary: Jesus said “The greatest among you must be a servant.”(Matthew 23:11)
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-12
Denomination: *other
Views: 6,026
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Shared by: Kenneth Sauer on Nov, 2014
Summary: A sermon about loving mercy.
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-12
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 532
Craig Benner avatar
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Shared by: Craig Benner on Oct, 2014
Summary: There are many who would argue that a Pharisee and one who believes in holiness are one in the same. I beg to differ. True holiness affects the external and the internal. It affects the acts and the attitude.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-33
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 300
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
A Critique of Pharisaic Hypocrisy
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Sep, 2014
Summary: To "say and to do not" versus the grace of humility.
Michael Deutsch avatar
Idol Worship
Shared by: Michael Deutsch on Aug, 2014
Summary: Idols we worship. Part 3 of 3.
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-28
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 306
Michael Stark avatar
Writing Off the Future
Shared by: Michael Stark on Jun, 2014
Summary: Teaching Christian values without bringing our children to faith in the Risen Son of God, condemns them to eternal death. The Pharisees stand as a beacon warning Christians not to succumb to the lure of presenting Christian values.
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-15
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,000
Jeff Strite avatar
Where's Your Worth?
Shared by: Jeff Strite on Dec, 2013
Summary: Where do you find your "self-worth"? Is it in God, or in yourself? The Pharisees looked for their importance in themselves and ended up robbing God of His glory to gain their own. How can avoid the traps that ensnared these highly religious leaders?
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Dressed UP
Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Oct, 2013
Summary: Sermon titled dressed up because it is close to Halloween. The describes how the Pharisees dressed up outwardly but inwardly were not Saints. The sermon share how Saints are dressed up.
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-12
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 529
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Trying Times - "Mission Sunday School Class"
Shared by: Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid on Jul, 2013
Summary: Witnessing for Christ
Series: Trying Times
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Scripture: Matthew 23:1-24:51
Denomination: Friends
Views: 2,082
Ian Johnson avatar
Shared by: Ian Johnson on Feb, 2013
Summary: The call to come inward to the table is often ignored because many don’t see the value of such fellowship; their aim is to be doing where as the aim of the table for two is simply “Being” in His presence.
Scripture: Matthew 23:13-25
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 682
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Not A Fan: Follow the Redeemer, not Just the Rules
Shared by: Dave Bentley on Jan, 2013
Summary: Third in a series of messages based on the book NOT A FAN, calling believers to become committed followers of Christ
Series: Not A Fan
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-24:1
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,207
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Shared by: Jerry Watts on Dec, 2012
Summary: This message series inspired by Kyle Idleman's book, "Not a Fan."
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-39
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,030
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Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Aug, 2012
Summary: The existence of the Word of God makes it necessary to have a living and authoritative interpretator "of last resort," in the Church.
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Modern Day Pharisees
Shared by: Rick Boyne on Jul, 2012
Summary: Don’t just talk the walk; walk the walk, too.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-12
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 847
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Shared by: K. Edward Skidmore on May, 2012
Summary: Sermon #9 of 13 sermons on the Preaching of Jesus dealing with the sermon of 7 woes found in Matthew 23:1-39
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-39
Views: 7,970
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Ditchin' Religion
Shared by: Jason Jones on Mar, 2012
Summary: A sermon about how believers should not allow religion to dictate their lives, but how Christ should live through them.
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-30
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,216
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Mar, 2012
Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Are you a hypocrite? We've been all a hypocrite at one time or another. II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: General with ministry involvement III. OBJECTIVES: Facing a hypocrite IV. TEXT: Matthew 23:3 So observe and practice all they
Scripture: Matthew 23:3
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 584
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Shared by: GUY GLASS on Mar, 2012
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-15
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 994
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Shared by: Perry Greene on Nov, 2011
Summary: Jewish people wore/wear the tefillin (or phylacteries) to remind them of their relationship to God. There are lessons from the tefillin for Christians as well.
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Practice What You Preach
Shared by: Clair Sauer on Nov, 2011
Summary: When the world is telling everyone else that don’t have this, or they’re not like that, or they’re not good enough, Christians should be the ones sending the message loud and clear, “we love you anyway!”
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-12
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 2,280
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A Little Humility -- For Heaven's Sake
Shared by: Rodney Buchanan on Oct, 2011
Summary: Contrasting the Gospel to the cultural gospel of loving yourself.
based on 44 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-12
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 9,013
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O Lord It is Hard to Be Humble
Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Oct, 2011
Summary: Being humble is difficult because as soon as you believe that you are becoming more humble, you in essence are not humble anymore! Reminds me of the old Mac Davis song O Lord it is hard to be humble when you are perfect in every way.
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Views: 53,815
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Shared by: Mark Schaeufele on Aug, 2011
Summary: Jesus calls us to place value on the things in life that are truly important.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 23:13-36
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,165
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A Messiah's Warning About Being A Spiritual Phony
Shared by: Mark Schaeufele on Aug, 2011
Summary: A true follower of Jesus is someone that has been radically changed from the inside out.
based on 12 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-12
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 2,370
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Misplaced Zeal
Shared by: Jon MacKinney on Jun, 2011
Summary: We are impressed with zeal. Certainly the Jews of Jesus day had tremendous zeal; passion for what they believed. But zeal and passion can easily be focused on the wrong thing.
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-39
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 576