Summary: Sometimes we are so good at talking our way outta just about anything. Sometimes that in its own is a sin. If your going to talk the talk, walk the walk
The Sin of Just Talking a Good Game
(Sermon notes take from a book called Yes, Lord, I Have Sinned: But I Have Several Excellent by James W. Moore.)
Matthew 23:23-28 NLT - "How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest part of your income, but you ignore the important things of the law-justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave undone the more important things. (24) Blind guides! You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat; then you swallow a camel! (25) "How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! You are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy-full of greed and self-indulgence! (26) Blind Pharisees! First wash the inside of the cup, and then the outside will become clean, too. (27) "How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs-beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. (28) You try to look like upright people outwardly, but inside your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Most of the time we are pretty good with our words
• We stumble on our actions
• We talk way too much and do no follow through
• Verbalize so well yet actualize so poorly
• Speak eloquently yet perform so inadequately
• Words are not enough, only when our words are translated inaction are they authenticated
• It’s not just good enough to hear it preached
• It’s not enough to sing it in songs
• It’s not enough to talk about it in Sunday School
• It’s a way of living!
• We don’t just celebrate it in the church
o We live it out
o Demonstrate it
o We share it with others
At the Office
On the Streets
Wherever we go!
• YOU HAVE TO LIVE IT!!
Philippians 1:27 NKJV Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,
• Your Behavior
• Your Conduct
• Your Actions
• Your Tone of voice
• Your Everyday Life
• It is not an intellectual idea
• It is not a collection of theological beliefs
• It is not a series of philosophical arguments
It is though…
• A way of life
• A way of acting and responding
• A way of relating to God and people
It is more then just believing it is a way of behaving
Talking a good game is not enough, unless our beliefs are translated into action; they become dull, dead worthless. Let’s look at a few areas where we can sharpen our walk.
Only when our beliefs become actions do they become compelling
• John Mott
o Set out to seek prayer
He attended lectures on prayer
He read books on prayer (72 to be exact)
He researched the significance of prayer in the bible
He listened to sermons on prayer
o But he came up short....
Then he discovered the answer
• We can recite our creeds
• We can study Scriptures
• We can recite our doctrines
o These are all good and we should be able to do this
o But until it is translated into action they are only words.
Only when our beliefs become actions do they become contagious
• No matter how beautiful our words are
• No matter how true they may be
• No matter how perfectly phrased they are
o It is when they walk before us in the flesh and blood then & only then will they become contagious
o The truths of our Christianity are
• When they are seen in a living person
• God knew this! That is why he sent Jesus
o So we could see the truth
• We are our own worse enemy in Christianity
o Through our actions we turn off many to the cause
o The most effective argument for Christianity is the REAL Christian
Truth is that people do not care about:
• our religion
• our vestments
• our liturgies
o They want to know does it work.
What best way to tell them is to show them!
Illustration - taken from Twelve Tests of Character