Sermon About Pride: Be a servant

 Sermon About Pride: Be a servant

The concept of pride has been around for centuries; 
 In many cultures, pride is seen as a good thing. People should be proud of their achievements; it makes them stronger and helps them to avoid negative thoughts. However, people should be careful about how they express their pride. Being too proud can cause trouble for everyone.

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1. Sin is usually candy coated

(Lk. 15:11-18) The Prodigal looked to the far-off country with dazzled eyes thinking that life would be so much better there
  • The devil tempts with pride and lust (1 Jn. 2:15-16)
  • The offer of “liberty” is a false one (cf. 2 Peter 2:19)
  • In actuality it only produces slavery (Jn. 8:34) and death (Rom. 6:23)

In the past, being proud was something to be celebrated. Today, some people think that being proud makes you strong. However, being proud can have negative consequences if you are not careful. It can make you think you are better than other people and lead you to act that way toward them. Being proud can make you refuse to help others when you are in need; instead, you might take advantage of someone who is down and unable to fight back. Being proud can make you act against your own best interests when it comes to ego

2. Power, popularity, prestige, position, and pride are nothing as compared to knowing Christ (Phil. 3:8- 11).

More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ,

First, the love of sin (Hebrews 11:25; 1 John 2:15-16).
(Heb 11:25) choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin;
(1Jn 2:15-16) Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

Being too proud can cause trouble for everyone- not just the person getting the pride. Many philosophers have warned us about being prideful towards others and to ourselves. Thomas Aquinas saw pride as the main cause of human conflicts and bloodshed. He believed that we were most prone to pride when we were most immature spiritually.  Therefore, it's important to recognize and avoid being prideful towards others and to ourselves when we are behaving boastfully or unethically.

Sermon About Pride: Be a servant
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Be a servant: To the scriptures

All Christians are called to be servants of the scriptures
What does it mean to be a servant of the scripture?
  • It is to humble ones self and to put God first
  • It is to lose your life in service to God through scripture
  • It is the opposite of pride and arrogance, we will never know everything.

2 Peter 3:18.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
To me, to grow in grace is to:

  • Grow in God’s power.
  • Get rid of the pride, ego, and attitude of self-sufficiency. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9.

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