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Jesmond Conference '17 - Bible Reading 2: Jesus' Warnings - Luke 11

In Luke 11-12 Jesus gives a scorching rebuke to hypocritical religious leaders who say one thing publicly and do another privately. Jonathan Pryke shows how relevant this is today and challenges us to beware of hypocrisy in ourselves and others.

Introduction: the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and the lawyers (11.37-41)

1. Understanding hypocrisy (11.42-54)

Six woes:

  1. Superficial obedience but deep disobedience.
  2. Valuing status above God’s word.
  3. Superficial attractiveness but corruption under the surface.
  4. Demanding an impossible obedience of others while living in disobedience.
  5. Superficially honouring the prophets and the apostles but in practice rejecting what they taught.
  6. Denying those under your influence the knowledge of the love of God through faith in Jesus.

2. Beware hypocrisy in others and in ourselves (12.1-3)

  1. It spreads dangerously
  2. It will be exposed completely

3. Fear no-one but God (12.4-7)

The key to avoiding hypocrisy:

  1. Do not fear men.
  2. Fear God.
  3. Then you need not fear.

The Jesmond Conference '17 discusses the need for new reformation in our Nation and Church in this, the 500th anniversary year, since the start of the Reformation.

To read the Conference Statement and Resolutions please click here.

Length: 24mins

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The Jesmond Conference runs annually to engage with public issues from a Christian perspective. David Holloway has been Vicar of Jesmond Parish Church since 1973, a large Anglican Church in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK with 2 sites, a staff team of over 30 and a congregation of over 1,000. He is often asked to speak on public issues on local and national radio, is a council member of Reform and is the author of several books including, 'The Church of England, Where Is it Going?'

Click here to read a summary on what has been done since the Jesmond Conference '16, which had a focus on education.