Message Notes

July 12

Comparative Holiness is No Holiness

MATTHEW 7

Do Not Judge Others

1 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye  when you have a log in your own? 4How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

6 “Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy.  Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.

Comparative Holiness

  • judgement
  • hasty condemnation


Luke 18:9-14

  • generalizations
  • self-righteousness


Heart Fondation

  • not the rules
  • no threats
  • relationship


Humble Confidence

  • do not judge lest you be judged
  • be sure to use good judgment
  • wisdom
  • discernment


Practical Response:

There's a version of me that has not yet arrived...

  • Mercy & Humility
  • Discernment
  • prudence and love
  • Golden rule (Matthew 7:12)

Questions to Consider:

  1. Have you ever felt condemned?
  2. Have you ever been hasty to judge others?
  3. Why do you think humans are prone to judgement?
  4. How can you trade condemnation for grace?
  5. Why does Jesus follow up not being judgmental with exercising discernment?
  6. How can we be humble and confident at the same time?

Liturgies

Wayfinders Family Blessing


Gracious God,

We gather before You as a family, grateful for Your loving presence with us.

Bless our children:

Guide them in Your truth and lead them in Your ways. 

Help them to walk in faithfulness, seeking Your will in all that they do. 

May Your Spirit empower them to love one another deeply, 

to forgive as You have, and to extend grace and mercy to all.

May the lessons they learn and the stories they share grow their love for you.

Help them to know how deeply loved they are by you and this church.

In Jesus' name we pray,

Amen.

Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.


O divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


Amen.

The Apostles’ Creed 


I believe in God, the Father Almighty, 

Maker of heaven and earth; 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord;

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, 

born of the Virgin Mary, 

Suffered under Pontius Pilate, 

was crucified, dead, and buried; 

He descended into hell; 

the third day He rose again from the dead; 


(whooooo!)


He ascended into heaven, 

and sits at the right hand of God, 

the Father Almighty,

From there He will come to judge 

the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, 

the holy Christian church, 

the communion of saints, 

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, 

and the life everlasting. 

Amen. 

A Call To Worship


From different lives

we come to worship.


From good weeks 

and bad weeks

we come to worship.


Bringing great times 

and painful memories

we come to worship.


Needing healing, 

needing peace

we come to worship.


With hope in our hearts

we come to worship.


To the Almighty God

we come to worship.


To the King of Kings

we come to worship.


Together

we come to worship.

 Lord's Prayer


Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen.

Eucharist

Our practice of communion as instructed by Jesus is a remembering of the Lord until he comes again...

It is also a re-membering of the body of Christ... In this act of faith we are reminded that we are made one in Christ and one with Christ...