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“Keeping it Real”

Steve Szklarek

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“The single greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door, and deny Him with their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” Brennan Manning

“We might impress people with our strengths, but we connect with people through our weaknesses”-Craig Groeschel

  1. How would you define what it means to be “authentic”?
     
    • How is being “authentic” different than just being “honest”?


       
    • How is humility related to authenticity?


       
  2. Who are some of the most authentic people you know?  What stands out about them?

    “Hypocrisy is the opposite of authenticity”- James McDonald

    Matthew 23:27-28, 33

    27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but, on the inside, you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.  33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?

     
  3. Throughout Matthew 23, the critical language used is unparalleled in all of the recorded words we have of Jesus.  Why do you think Jesus felt SO STRONGLY about hypocrisy?



     
  4. Who are the people who get to see the real you?  How many people are there?  Should EVERYONE see the real you at all times?



     
  5. How has social media affected our authenticity?



     
  6. Can we come up with biblical examples of people “keeping things real”?


    Proverbs 28:13
    Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy
     
  7. Why do you think confession leads to mercy?


    Psalm 139: 23-24
    23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me,

     

 

  • As we leave this morning, I challenge each of us to focus this week on being authentic.  Keep it real with people.   Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any masks you might be wearing and make a conscious effort to be more real and open than you have ever been… both with God and those around you. 
     
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