Examine Yourself, 10/28/2018

Pastor Pete Hartwig

Sermon Notes

Prayer: Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh – deadliest in US history.


SLIDE: Growth on Purpose (last week’s)


Talk about Growth Track.


SLIDE: Growth on Purpose: (your name)


The fool in proverbs


SLIDE: The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. Proverbs 12:15


neighbor Joe.  Text them… you were right


SLIDE: James 1:22-24 — “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”

SLIDE: The word “doers” – poietes, Greek poet.


The call to be creative!


The Magnifying Mirror –  extension cord

Self awareness!  – in God’s presence

So what? Mirrors were rare.

UVA hospital tag for several hours.  No one told me! about

A true friend lets you know that you have spinach between your teeth… In private.

God loves us! His word speaks to us! LOVES US.


SLIDE: Matthew 7:3-5 — “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”   -Jesus Christ




SLIDE: Romans 12:2 — “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

SLIDE: (-)Conform vs (+)transform

Do not conform to the pattern of this WORLD…  age.                                   Conformity comes from external pressure                                                                      (force you into its mold)                                                                      conformity = always changing.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Political response – kind honoring respectful Christ-like

SLIDE:  TRANSFORMED – Metamorphosis –                          Passive Voice, Present Tense, Imperative Mood

our minds will need resetting

SLIDE: Renewing of your mind:  New – qualitatively new and different – a renovation- become new and better or superior –

Opening to God. FRAN HAS A COPY.  Women’s ministry


SLIDE: Test and Approve God’s will


SLIDE: The word “doers” – poietes, Greek poet.



Am I renewing my mind?

Am I allowing the advice of others?



Ending prayer…

SLIDE: Ephesians 1:17-19 Closing Prayer (LARGE SCREENS)

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,  and his incomparably great power for us who believe.