1. The more I am motivated by people-pleasing, the less I serve Jesus Christ.
  2. When I get sick of people-pleasing, I move to either pride/narcissism, or cynicism/despair.
  3. The Gospel is not the product of human genius.
  4. Jesus Christ Himself revealed to Paul who He is and what He accomplished in His life, death and resurrection.
  5. I can proclaim what God has revealed about Himself, but I cannot reveal God, only God can reveal Himself.
  6. Paul repents of His zeal for violence, his prejudice, and his pursuit of human made tradition, but note, he does not repent of being Jewish.
  7. God's grace is not a threat to my free will, but it does remove every conceivable ground for my boasting.
  8. As I am gripped by the Gospel, I die to people-pleasing and move to living for God's glory.
  9. The more I am gripped by the Gospel, the more I know that He knows me perfectly, deeply, and personally - yet He loves me. He loves me because He loves me.
  10. Heavenly Father, I confess that sometimes I am a people pleaser. Sometimes I am proud and narcissistic. Sometimes I am cynical and despairing. I thank You, that even though You know me perfectly, still You love me, and sent Your Son to die for me and save me. Please pour out the Holy Spirit upon me, and make me a disciple of Jesus, gripped by the Gospel, learning to live free and well, by living for Your glory. In Jesus' Name Amen.

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George Sinclair

George is the Lead Pastor at Church of the Messiah.

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