Do Not Be Deceived

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In the fifth sermon of the Tell Me a Story series, our guest speaker (Matthew Fowler) teaches about the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. In this parable, neither character speaks to the other. Each of them speaks with God while praying in the temple. Their words clearly reveal their hearts. One has deceived himself with his all-star religiosity, the other understands that he is simply a sinner in need of mercy. In what would have been a shock to Jesus’ listeners, and is still a potential surprise today, it is not the “religious” man who leave the temple justified. Listen in to here more!

Current Sermon Series
Jesus often used stories when he spoke to groups and individuals. He sometimes used them to help illustrate his point, but he also used them at times to speak profound truths in almost cryptic ways. If he was preaching against the social structures and cultural norms, for example, using plain language could have been dangerous for Jesus. So he would often speak in confusing ways so that only some of his audience would be able to truly comprehend his meaning. In this series, Tell Me a Story, we will be studying six of the parables of Jesus found in Luke’s gospel account. And we will hear from six different preachers throughout the series. Stay tuned for this unique and exciting opportunity to have some guest preachers bring the Word of God to the faithful body of believers that is First Friends Church.