Pride: The Fertilizer To The Fruit Of Unrighteousness

This study is based on the sermon titled Pride: The Fertilizer To The Fruit Of Unrighteousness by Matthew Maher below. This sermon is part of our Romans 12 State of Mind Within A Romans 1 State of Culture series.

Sermon Study

In Pastor Matthew Maher's sermon titled "Pride: The Fertilizer To The Fruit Of Unrighteousness," he explores the devastating consequences of humanity's decision to exchange the truth of God for lies, the Creator for creation, and natural love for unnatural lust, as outlined in Romans 1:28-32. He emphasizes that rejecting God leads to a debased mind, resulting in actions that are not fitting. Pastor Maher illustrates how this turning away from God manifests in various forms of unrighteousness, highlighting that when the knowledge of God is absent, human behavior deteriorates drastically. He warns that our culture's celebration of pride in things contrary to God's Word reflects this dangerous exchange.

Pastor Maher underscores the stark difference between a disciple of the devil and a disciple of the Lord. He paints a vivid picture of the characteristics of those who reject God, listing behaviors such as deceit, malice, and violence. In contrast, he reminds us of the importance of renewing our minds, as instructed in Romans 12:2, to avoid being conformed to these patterns of the world. This renewal involves a continuous commitment to God's truth, leading to a transformation that aligns our actions with righteousness. Pastor Maher calls on believers to live unashamed of the Gospel, emphasizing that it is the power of God that takes away our shame and enables us to stand firm in a world that often mocks and rejects biblical principles.

To apply these teachings practically, Pastor Maher encourages believers to differentiate between accepting people and approving of their sinful behaviors, following Jesus' example of addressing sin without condemnation. He stresses that calling out sin is not the same as throwing stones but is an invitation to repentance. By retaining the knowledge of God and renewing our minds, we can counter the pervasive unrighteousness in our society and live as true disciples of Christ. This involves daily actions and choices that reflect God's love, truth, and grace, ensuring that our lives are marked by humility and a steadfast commitment to the Gospel.

Discussion Questions

  • How does rejecting the knowledge of God lead to a "debased mind," according to Romans 1:28? What are some practical steps we can take to ensure we retain God in our knowledge?

  • How can we live unashamed of the Gospel in a culture that celebrates pride in things contrary to God’s Word?

  • What are the characteristics of those who follow the devil as outlined in Romans 1:29-31? How does Romans 12:2 describe the renewal of our minds, and why is it crucial for being a disciple of the Lord?

  • How can we differentiate between accepting someone and approving or affirming their sinful behavior? How did Jesus address sin without condemning the sinner (e.g., John 8), and how can we follow His example? What is the difference between calling out sin and throwing stones, according to the example of Jesus?

  • Why do you think the issues listed in Romans 1:29-31 are so prevalent in our society today?

  • How can we ensure that we are renewing our minds rather than ruining them? What practical steps can we take to be disciples of the Lord and not be conformed to the patterns of this world?


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