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Port Hueneme church of Christ


Sincerity

Philippians 1:8-11

by Mason French


  • Introduction
    • 1. Paul is talking about growing up in Christ.
      • A. Growth can be a hard process.
      • B. Growth has to be the goal of every Christian.
    • 2. Growth described by II Peter 1:3-11.
    • 3. Bringing one's self into the discipline of Christ is key to growth (Matthew 16:24).
  • I. JESUS SPEAKS OF SINCERITY
    • A. Luke 12:1-5
      • 1. Hypocrisy greatest complaint against church (Revelation 3:14-19)
  • II. SINCERITY DERIVED FROM WORD "SIMPLE"
    • A. Simple: A mindset without duplicity (James 1:8)
    • B. Hypocrisy does two things:
      • 1. It attacks you internally - you know you are lying.
      • 2. It deters you in character and others in their struggle to go to heaven.
  • III. SINCERITY: Latin, "sinny setty" - without wax
    • A. Covering the cracks with wax.
      • 1. If you are a disciple, you must give God your whole heart (Luke 14:26-27).
      • 2. No duplicity (Matthew 6:24).
      • 3. Must be a sincere progress (John 15:8)
  • IV. HYPOCRISY: Greek, describes an actor wearing a mask
    • A. Thespian Symbol: Two masks - comedy, tragedy
      • 1. Jesus teaches to remove the mask (Matthew 6:16-18).
  • V. WHAT KIND OF DISCIPLE ARE YOU?
    • A. What is your attitude?
      • 1. Paul talks about this great struggle (Romans 7:18-24).
  • VI. HYPOCRISY DECEIVES IN TWO WAYS:
    • A. We fail to see that pleasing God is our primary goal.
    • B. It makes man's religion humanistic.

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