Worship Service August 1, 2021

Sunday Worship Services:

Sanctuary & online - 9AM and Outside - 10:45

Aug. 01, 2021

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“Heart Monitor”

Matthew 15:1–3, 6–8, 10–12, 14–20; 11:28–29; Mark 7:22  

1. Introduction:

     a. ____________ likes to be told what to do.

     b. We believe that once we can call our own shots, we’ll call all the ____________ shots.

     c. Our need of supervision may ____________ come to an end—if we silence the toxic voices that come from within.

     d. Our need of supervision will ____________ come to an end—until we silence the toxic voices that come from within.

     e. How to say “no” to the ____________ that compete for control.

     f. Series Theme: “No Longer My ____________”

2. The Story From Matthew 15:

     a. If what Jesus says is true, then we may have much work to do!

1 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked,

2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”

3 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?”

6 Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.

7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:

8 “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”

10 Listen and understand…

11 “What goes into someone’s mouth (by accident) does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”

14 “Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

15 Lord, “Explain the parable to us.”

     b. God is not ____________ concerned with how our behavior affects Him.

     c. If you’re part of a religious system designed around traditions that supposedly keep you in ____________ standing with God, you should ____________ away…quickly!

16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body?”

18 “But the things that come out of a person’s mouth, come from the heart, these defile them.”

     d. The word “defile” carried religious implications…to be defiled put one at odds with __________.

     e. In this case, what comes out of our mouths can put us at odds with ____________, which puts us at odds with God.

     f. The ____________ of our defiling, the offensive words and deeds, is within us….it comes from the heart.

     g. Sometimes we say things we don’t mean…to say…_______ _______.

19 “For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.”

Mark adds: “…greed, malice, deceit, envy, arrogance, and folly…”

Mark 7:22

20 “These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”

     h. Religious rituals and traditions are often ____________ for us, but they don’t give us ____________ with God.  

3. Conclusion:

     a. This week and throughout this series, we are going to practice “____________ monitoring,” monitoring what’s in us, so it doesn’t come out of us.  

     b. We’re going to name these things that lurk within us…guilt, anger, envy, and fear. And we will learn to say, “You are no longer my master!”

     c. How different would your life and relationships be now if you’d been taught to ____________ what was going on in your heart?

     d. Those closest to us experience the ____________ of our hearts every day…the good, the bad, and the ugly.

     e. We already have a ____________ …a master far better than guilt, anger, envy, and fear and here’s our Master’s invitation to us…

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Matthew 11:28-29

     f. We will conclude our series on September 5th when we examine what only the Master heart surgeon can do for us—fill our hearts with a reckless __________ for God, others, and ourselves.