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Summary: When our faith does not spring from our relationship with Jesus, we will have problems.

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INTRODUCTION

• RELATIONSHIP VIDEO (NOT A POWERPOINT)

• SLIDE #1

• Should relationships make a difference in your life? Should a relationship with Jesus make a difference in your life?

• Our relationships in many ways define who we are. Think about it, to Rachel’s friends, I am Rachel’s dad. To Robyn’s friends, I am Robyn’s husband. To people at church, I am your Minister.

• I believe the MOST important relationship that defines who we are is our relationship or lack of relationship with Jesus.

• We have been taking a look at 8 ways to be a bad Christian.

• Today we will continue that examination.

• One of the ways we can be a bad Christian is when our faith is not based our a RELATIONSHIP with Jesus.

• We will look at three indicators of where our faith is based.

• Let us start with our text in Matthew 23:15

• SLIDE #2

Matthew 23:15 (ESV)15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.

• SLIDE #3

SERMON

You can tell what your faith is based on by:

I. WHAT DRIVES YOU.

• When you try to tell where your faith is based, knowing what drives you can be an indicator of where you are at.

• People are driven by many things. The desire for money, power, prestige, and popularity are but a few.

• What is it that makes you get up in the morning? What makes you want to do what you do?

• In verse 15, Jesus tells us that the Pharisees would literally or figuratively travel across land and sea to make a proselyte.

• These guys were driven.

• What is a proselyte? A proselyte is simply someone who after teaching changes their religion.

• In Old Testament times there were basically two types of proselytes to the Jewish religion.

• One was known as a Proselyte of Righteousness. This is a pagan or gentile who fully embraced the Jewish religion, they followed all of the rites of the Mosaic Law AND they were circumcised!

• The other type was the Proselyte of the Gate. This is one who rejected their pagan life, conformed to some of the Mosaic Law and WAS NOT circumcised.

• You can probably guess which group was larger.

• When Jesus said the Pharisees would cross land or sea to get a proselyte He was more or less saying they would spare no pains, take any means necessary to convert an interested party.

• The Pharisees restricted their zealous missionary efforts to God-fearing pagans.

• “God-fearing” referred to Gentiles who followed the beliefs of Judaism. They didn’t want to mix with the “unclean” Gentiles. But the Pharisees’ zeal was real.

• They would go to Jewish communities in other lands, and in addition to handling legal matters and teaching, they would try to talk the God-fearers into undergoing the final rite of circumcision.

• This sounds like a GREAT doesn’t it?

• It sounds like these men were driven to convert people to God!

• Isn’t that what we are supposed to do?

• Is that what drives you? Why do we want FCC to grow? We want to help build God’s kingdom don’t we?


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