By Larry Osborne
Zealous religion could have a perilous, darkish aspect. whereas fresh demands radical Christians have challenged many to be extra enthusiastic about their religion, the down aspect could be a budding conceitedness and self-righteousness that 'accidentally' sneaks into our outlook.In unintentional Pharisees, bestselling writer Larry Osborne diagnoses 9 of the commonest traps which may ensnare Christians at the street to a deeper lifetime of faith.andnbsp; Rejecting makes an attempt to show the decision to persist with Christ right into a new type of legalism, he indicates readers tips on how to stay away from the enticements of delight, exclusivity, legalism, and hypocrisy,Larry reminds us that makes an attempt to fire up full-on discipleship and contact humans to Christlikeness can be rooted in love and humility. Christians stirred by way of calls to radical discipleship, yet not sure the way to reply, might be challenged and inspired to enhance a very Christlike zeal for God.
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There’s always an off-ramp. There’s always the opportunity to make a U-turn. 1. Matt. 5:20, emphasis added. 2. Matt. 5:48. 3. Phil. 3:3–12. The Greek word translated as garbage or rubbish is skubala, which literally means “excrement,” nicely translated as dung in some translations. 4. Matt. 25:21; 7:21–23. 5. Matt. 6:1–18; 1 Cor. 3:12–14. 6. John 3:1–2. 7. Phil. 3:1–7. CHAPTER 3 JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA The Disciple Nobody Wants to Be Not long ago I found myself shocked by a disciple I thought I knew.
We’ve got a rich disciple with a prominent position in the political body that turned Jesus over to Pilate. He’s called a good and upright man, yet he seems to do nothing to stop the travesty of Jesus’ trial. But it gets even more perplexing. A Secret Disciple? John tells us that Joseph was a secret disciple and that he laid low because he was afraid of his fellow Jewish leaders. 14 I don’t know about you, but I’d hardly call that the behavior of a righteous man or a disciple. In fact, I’ve always thought that “secret disciple” was an oxymoron.
3. What, if anything, did you find to be most surprising in Joseph of Arimathea’s story (the “secret disciple” nobody wants to be)? a. If you were one of the apostles, how do you think you would have viewed Joseph before he boldly stepped forward to claim Jesus’ body? b. Does his story change anything about the way you look at other Christians? How might it change the way you look at yourself? What does it say to you about the kind of people God uses in his kingdom? 4. If you had to pick just one insight or principle from part 1 to put into practice, what would it be and why?