Sermon Notes

Sermon Notes – 11/3/2018
True Piety Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4

Introduction

5 Characteristics of false religious leaders: 1) Self-proclaimed authority. 2) Hypocritical demands.

3) Loveless & uncaring. 4) Pretentious displays of piety. 5) Proud & arrogant

Jesus labeled the scribes & Pharisees as __________, sons of hell, blind guides, serpents & a brood of vipers

They kept people from heaven; robbed widows; created self-righteous disciples; were liars; failed to keep God’s laws on justice, mercy & faithfulness; were robbers & self-indulgent; plotted murderer

___________, false teachers abound – don’t let Jesus’ lament be applied to you

Mark & Luke use the example of the poor widow as a stark __________to the scribes & Pharisees

The SettingMark 12:41; Luke 21:1

The Temple has several court areas with the “Treasury” being just inside the Court of Women

After Jesus dealing with a series of confrontations, Jesus sits down ___________the treasury

He observes the flaunting ___________of the rich as the put in their money – see Matthew 6:2

It is still common today for people to want to be recognized and ____________for their acts of charity

If you want God’s reward for acts of charity, then do it for Him instead of seeking the praise of _______

The Widow’s Example Mark 12:42-44; Luke 21:2-4

She was the opposite of the rich who wanted to be notice, she was trying to _________________

She is an example of ____________(devout, reverent, worshipful) demonstrated I giving and trust

James 1:27 – ________ and undefiled religion

Charity to the destitute is a ________form of fulfilling the command to love your neighbor as yourself

Keeping unstained from the world is part of loving _______with all your heart, soul, mind and strength

She gave all she owned and had to live on in an act of true ___________trusting God for her own needs

She was a living _____________of fulfilling Matthew 6:33; 1 Timothy 6:8; Isaiah 26:3

Jesus is God in human form and is _______________- he “knows all things” (John 1:47-49; 16:30; 21:17; Luke 6:8; 5:4-10; Matthew 17:27; 16:21)

Piety in GivingMark 12:43-44

The contrast between the widow & the Pharisees signifies the difference between the _______of man & God

People judge piety in giving by the amount – and James 2:1-7 is a ___________of favoritism to the wealthy

God looks at your heart – your _______________- for giving regardless of the amount

2 Cor. 9:6-10 – giving is to be done ________as you purpose in your heart, not grudgingly or of compulsion

Piety is demonstrated in ______________God as you worship and obey Him

Those who teach “sowing and reaping” as a “seed faith” investment for material return are ________heretics

Piety is demonstrated in _______________giving that trusts God

Scriptural ______________of giving range from 10% by Abraham to 100% by the poor widow

Don’t give beyond what you can do cheerfully as an act of worship – change your __________to give more

Nothing you handle is ____________significant than money nor more revealing of your heart

Additional Characteristics of Piety

Humble: the beginning point and ______________for all other characteristics

Humility is necessary for ____________- James 4:6; Ephesians 2:8; Luke 18:10-14; Matthew 5:3-4

Humility reflects _____________in your life – Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 11:29

The world promotes pride as the key to success while the pious see ___________as the key – Matthew 23:12

Piety follows the command of 1 Peter 5:6 because its desire is to do ____for the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31)

Submissive to God: in recognition He is the ultimate __________and all legitimate authority extends from Him

Their desire and prayer is for God’s _______be done on earth as it is in heaven and to submit their will to it.

The _________can do extraordinary things because they are in submission to God and obey His commands

Servant Leadership: Christian leaders are to follow __________example (Mark 10:42-45)

1 Peter 5:1-3 – instructions to elders. Only the ________who entrust themselves to God can lead as a servant

Loving and Caring: They follow Jesus’ commands to ______others (John 13:34) including enemies (Mt 4:44)

Reticent: they are _____________to calling attention to themselves

The pious want God to be glorified and do not want to _________or take away from that

Trustworthy: True, ___________and sincere, without pretense or guile, lie or deceit

A rare person in the world (Prov. 20:6), but to be __________for believers (1 Cor. 4:1-2)

Evangelistic: they want people to know the good news of Jesus Christ to they can __________and be saved

They proclaim the gospel, speaking all of the ___________in love, without marketing gimmicks

Charitable / Generous: a heart of love for God and others will _________itself in compassion to those in need

Examples: the good Samaritan (Luke 10), ____________(Acts 9); the Macedonians (2 Cor. 8:1-4)

1 John 3:17-18 – Without this characteristic, a profession to _________God is questionable

Just, Merciful, Faithful – keeps God’s ___________

It is not hard to figure out God’s priorities – the ____________things in His law – Micah 6:8; Mark 12:28-31

Conclusions: The poor widow is a stark contrast to the scribes and Pharisees – she is the ___________to follow

KIDS KORNER
Parents, you are responsible to apply God’s Word to your children’s lives. Here is some help. Young Children – draw a picture about something you hear during the sermon. Explain your picture(s) to your parents at lunch. Older Children – Do one or more of the following: 1) Count how many times references are made to the widow. 2) Discuss with your parents how her example demonstrates true piety.

THINK ABOUT IT!
Questions to consider in discussing the sermon with others. What is the significance of the “Treasury” in the Temple and why was Jesus observing it? What is the contrast between the rich and the poor widow? Why does Jesus say she gave more than all the contributors when the amount was so small? What is piety and how does the widow exhibit it? What principles should direct your giving? What are some other characteristics of true piety that would be a contrast to the Pharisees? Explain your answers / observations.