Sermon Notes 2020 07 26 PM

July 26, 2020 PM

Dr. Michael Catt - 1977
#6 in series

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APPROACHABLE: The Danger of Pointing Fingers
Matthew 7:1-5

I. TAKE A BREATH BEFORE YOU SPEAK

Why do we judge others?

II. TAKE A LOOK IN THE MIRROR BEFORE YOU POINT AT SOMEONE ELSE

III. TAKE YOUR MOTIVES TO THE MASTER

“Other Scripture passages indicate that the Lord's prohibition does not include judgment by civil courts, which are necessary in the control of crime in a sinful world (Titus 3:1, 2; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 2:13 15). Neither does the prohibition include judgment by the church of those within its fellowship who are disorderly or embrace false doctrine (Matthew 18:16, 17; 2 Thessalonians 3:6,14; Titus 3:10). And the Lord did not forbid individuals to make judgments regarding those who do wrong (Matthew 7:15, 16; Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 5:11; 1 John 4:1). What the Lord prohibited is censoriousness—a critical, faultfinding spirit that prompts us to condemn people without the facts and without remembering our own vulnerability.” – John Phillips Commentary

Four warnings that will help us avoid finger pointing:

1) The world speaks lies. Speak __. (v. 25)

2) The world is driven by anger. Resolve __. (vv. 26, 27)

3) The world steals and cuts corners. Live a __. (v. 28)

4) The world seeks to destroy others. Speak __. (v. 29)