Pastor's Sunday Sermon
January 1, 2023 - Happy New Year
Stop judging me!
A large part of the world of non believers view Christians as hypocritical people.
A judgmental person judges others of sins that they are personally guilty of committing. It is easier to focus on others shortcomings rather than our own.
We are each responsible for ourselves. We should each be striving to be like Jesus every day!
A judgmental person thinks they are doing God a favor by pointing out the sins of others. They think they are right with God regardless. Some think this because....
They are Jewish
They have family members who attend Church.
They go to Church.
They work in the Church.
They read their Bible.
We need to compare ourselves to Jesus, not to others.
Therefore God delivered them over in the desires of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served what has been created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen.
From Idolatry to Depravity
26 For this reason God delivered them over to disgraceful passions. Their women[a] exchanged natural sexual relations[b] for unnatural ones. 27 The men[c] in the same way also left natural relations with women and were inflamed in their lust for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons[d] the appropriate penalty of their error.
28 And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a corrupt mind so that they do what is not right. 29 They are filled with all unrighteousness,[e] evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 senseless, untrustworthy, unloving,[f] and unmerciful. 32 Although they know God’s just sentence—that those who practice such things deserve to die[g]—they not only do them, but even applaud[h] others who practice them.
God’s Righteous Judgment
2 Therefore, every one of you[i] who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things. 2 Now we know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is based on the truth. 3 Do you think—anyone of you who judges those who do such things yet do the same—that you will escape God’s judgment? 4 Or do you despise the riches of his kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing[j] that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? 5 Because of your hardened and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed. 6 He will repay each one according to his works:[k] 7 eternal life to those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality; 8 but wrath and anger to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth while obeying unrighteousness. 9 There will be affliction and distress for every human being who does evil, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek; 10 but glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does what is good, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no favoritism with God.
12 For all who sin without the law will also perish without the law, and all who sin under[l] the law will be judged by the law. 13 For the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be justified.[m] 14 So, when Gentiles, who do not by nature have the law, do[n] what the law demands, they are a law to themselves even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law[o] is written on their hearts. Their consciences confirm this. Their competing thoughts either accuse or even excuse them[p] 16 on the day when God judges what people have kept secret, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.
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