Sermon:
Sincerity

Introduction: Sometime we use the opposite of something to define it.

A. Feigners

1. Epitome and personification of insincerity.
2. What constitutes a feigner or feign person?
a. A pretender i.e. “The Great Pretender” by the Platters
b. An inventor of fabrications
c. A copier or imitator
d. Total lack of true sincerity.
1. Latin word “fingere” / Word from which the English
word “fiction” is derived.
2. French word “feindre” / Word from which the English
words “faint & feeble” are derived.
3. Biblical feigners
a. 1 Sam. 21: 13 (Read)
b. II Pet. 2: 3 (Read) KJV & NIV
1. Gr. word “platos” which means fictitious
2. Insincerity usually has ulterior motives.
c. Pharisees Mt. 23
1. Vs. 3
2. Vs. 5
3. Vs. 28
4. Mk. 12: 40
4. Religion is en vogue now.
a. Athletes
b. Actors
c. There is nothing wrong with being thankful and believing
God is the originator of our talents.
1. We should express out thanks.
2. It should be heartfelt and not flamboyant.

B. What is your reaction to feign people?

1. Remember the mafia scene were the boss tells a dumb joke and
all the underlings laugh.
2. The car commercial where the boss is driving and this happens.
3. Many feign people are considered patsies.
a. Goes back to the vs. in II Peter we just read.
b. Acts 8, Simon the Sorcerer went along to gain the gift and
then tried to profit from it.

C. Can we unconsciously be feign?

1. Is there sincerity in our walk with Christ?
2. What constitutes Christian sincerity?
3. This lesson is intended to provoke an inward look not an outward accusation.


Body: Faith – Confession – Witness

A. How strong is our faith?

1. Without faith it is impossible to please Him. (Heb. 11:6)
2. We cannot be sincere about something we do not believe in.
a. Ever try selling something you don’t believe in? Success, at
best, is limited unless you are a con man extraordinaire.
b. I experienced this in two brokerage businesses.
1. cattle
2. stocks & bonds
3. Faith to many in the world is foreign.
a. Jo. 20: 29 - More blessed than Thomas are those who not
seeing still believe.
b. II Cor. 5: 7 “We walk by faith and not by sight.
c. Hab. 2: 4/Rom. 1: 17/Heb. 10:38 – just shall live by faith.
4. Heb. 11: 1 (Read 1M times but do we really examine our faith?)
5. The world witnesses different types and degrees of faith.
a. Acts 17 – on Mars Hill look quickly at those he addressed.
1. Epicureans – did not believe in God at all.
2. Stoics – believed that God created the world but fate dictated the events (sound familiar?). They did not believe in the resurrection. (Sadducees)

B. Confession: How well do we know ourselves?

1. This section is based, not on initial confession, but on the