"From Destructive Pride to Powerful Peace"
Pastor Josh Burrill – 27 November 2022
1. The Report (from Chloe's people)
2. The Reproach (Contentions)
A reproach is a stain on a person's character.
The sin of contentions or quarrelling is listed in many New Testament lists of sins:
1 Corinthians 3:3
2 Corinthians 12:20
A value (other than Christ-likeness) was being espoused as being the element that most radiated desirability (and thus popularity, or at least self-satisfaction, if one had it). What those elements might be varies from culture to culture and from age to age, but they are those things that people pursue in an attempt to feel that they have worth. (Humour, authenticity, efficiency, eloquence, being informed, being conversant with current philosophies, being “woke”, etc) In first century Corinth, which was a class-based society, value was sought by aligning yourself with important people within the community….patrons who protected and provided for those who supported their interests. This engendered competition and debate, all rooted in destructive pride which damaged their ability to reflect the glory of Christ.
3.The Remedy (Christ-Consciousness)
A. Humility is modeled after Christ
B. Humility is motivated by Christ
When Christians allow the gospel to form the core of their self-identity (and their corporate identity) they overcome the pull of worldly value systems and produce churches that are marked by peace rather than pride.
How can Christians move from destructive pride to powerful peace?
I. By examining their relationship to Christ
II. By considering their brothers' and sister's relationship to Christ
III. By recognising the immanence of incipient pride
Whether you are marked by pride or by peace is determined by the centrality of Jesus Christ to your life.