“God isn’t just interested in what you do. He’s interested in why you do it.”

This Sunday we invited new and growing preachers in our church to each preach at one of our three services. They covered the next section in the Sermon on the Mount: Jesus teaching about the danger of religious hypocrisy.

The Christian life is not just a bunch of religious activities, but a changed heart that is motivated differently. When we see how many of our good actions are actually motivated by looking good in front of others, we see again how precious the gospel is. Jesus, who was never a hypocrite, saves us knowing all of our poor motivations. And that produces a new motivation to be honest, sincere, and focused on God’s glory instead of our own.

Click on the respective links below to hear this week’s sermons.

9am Service - Zach Nix

11am Service - Dustin Platte

5pm Service - Chris Woolsey

Application Questions

1. Where do you see hypocrisy in your own life?

2. How do the opinions of others affect you most deeply? How do you see that play out in your attitudes, emotions, and actions?

3. What would change in your life if you were focused solely on God’s opinion and not the opinion of others?

4. What about Jesus and the gospel move you away from hypocrisy towards sincere godliness?

Further Resources

“Am I A Hypocrite….And I Don’t Even Know It?” (Article) by Trevin Wax

“The Love of Human Praise as the Root of Unbelief” (Sermon) by John Piper

When People are Big and God is Small by Ed Welch

Reading Plan and Prayer Guide

Below are scriptures to help you meditate on today’s sermon topic throughout the week:

Monday: Luke 18:9-14
Tuesday: Matthew 23:1-22
Wednesday: Matthew 23:23-39
Thursday: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Friday: 2 Corinthians 1:12

As you meditate on the scriptures above, use these prompts to help you engage with God in prayer:

Insight: Ask God to open your eyes so that you can see the truth in his Word.

Confess: Admit to God where you care more about the opinion of others than you do about him, and how that leads you to hypocrisy.

Wrestle: Work through your thoughts and emotions with God in prayer.

Request: Ask God to turn you away from hypocrisy towards sincerity in your daily life.

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