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Summary: To show that GOD is not pleased or impressed with hypocrites and proud people but is detested and these people are abomination before GOD.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you insignificant in this world?

Yes. I am.

Matthew 5:3 (Amplified Bible)

Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers/unbelievers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that GOD is not pleased or impressed with hypocrites and proud people but is detested and these people are abomination before GOD.

IV. TEXT:

Luke 16:15 (Amplified Bible)

But He said to them, You are the ones who declare yourselves just and upright before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted and highly thought of among men is detestable and abhorrent (an abomination) in the sight of God.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship, glorify, adore, bless, honor, acknowledge and thank You very much LORD JESUS for Your sake I let myself suffer wrong, be deprived of what is my due here on earth, cheated, defrauded and robbed and insignificant here on earth for I know I am highly esteemed in Your sight as the apple of Your eye. Always make my heart broken and contrite and thoroughly penitent before GOD because GOD will not despise me.

1 Corinthians 6:7 (Amplified Bible)

Why, the very fact of your having lawsuits with one another at all is a defect (a defeat, an evidence of positive moral loss for you). Why not rather let yourselves suffer wrong and be deprived of what is your due? Why not rather be cheated (defrauded and robbed)?

Proverbs 7:2 (Amplified Bible)

Keep my commandments and live, and keep my law and teaching as the apple (the pupil) of your eye.

Psalms 51:17 (Amplified Bible)

My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.

Matthew 5:3 (Amplified Bible)

Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!

VI. TITLE:

Highly esteemed among men are abomination before GOD

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Dr. Luke, The Beloved Physician (close friend and traveling companion of Paul)

B. Audience: Theophilus (Greek means friend of GOD, a Christian)

C. Purpose: To give a connected and orderly narrative of the life of CHRIST as seen by eyewitnesses

VIII. MAIN BODY:

Luke 16:15 (Amplified Bible)

But He said to them, You are the ones who declare yourselves just and upright before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted and highly thought of among men is detestable and abhorrent (an abomination) in the sight of God.

Luke 16:15 (King James Version)

And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.


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