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Undergo Nonjudgmental Therapy

Series, “Being Spiritual without being Religious” – Part 7

Pastor Jeff Christopherson

October 31, 2004

Start with Authenticity…

Preserve my Personality…

Investigate the Ground Zero of Faith…

Recognize my Net Worth…

Invest Myself…

Take Sanctuary…

Undergo Nonjudgmental Therapy…

Experience a faith that is respectful of others.

Assess my Contentment

Love with Intensity

phar•i•sa•ical adj : marked by hypocritical self-righteousness.

Luke 15: Three parties in Jesus’ parable of ‘The Prodigal Son’

• Search Party vs. 11-21

• Homecoming Party vs. 22-24

• Pity Party vs. 25-31

a snapshot of a religious pharisee:

“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’” Luke 15:25-27

• Be sure that I ‘appear’ faithful.

• Be suspicious of things I don’t understand.

• Never go to my Father for answers.

I. how to know if i’ve contracted a case of phariseeitis…

1. I find myself mumbling way too much…

“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.” vs. 28

“We position ourselves as judges of others rather than simply as lovers of others. Our judgments are so instinctive to us that we usually do not notice them. Even worse, they are so natural to us that when we do notice them, we often assume we are righteous for passing judgment! Because of this, it is easy to overlook the fact that our judgments are blocking our love, keeping us asleep, preventing us from living in the truth God created us to live in.” Repenting of Religion, Gregory A Boyd.

2. I often use myself as ‘Exhibit A’ (for comparison purposes.)

“But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.” vs. 29

3. I tend to see grace as injustice…

“But when this son of yours* who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’” vs. 30

*lit. ‘this one’

“‘Call the workers in and pay them their wages. Start with the last hired and go on to the first.’ “Those hired at five o’clock came up and were each given a dollar. When those who were hired first saw that, they assumed they would get far more. But they got the same, each of them one dollar. Taking the dollar, they groused angrily to the manager, ‘These last workers put in only one easy hour, and you just made them equal to us, who slaved all day under a scorching sun.’ “He replied to the one speaking for the rest, ‘Friend, I haven’t been unfair. We agreed on the wage of a dollar, didn’t we? So take it and go. I decided to give to the one who came last the same as you. Can’t I do what I want with my own money? Are you going to get stingy because I am generous?’” Matthew 20:9-15 (Message)

II. God’s therapy for the phariseeinme…


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