SC: General Session 4 - Rick Holland

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Fear of persecution. Most persecution comes from those closest to us, those who stand with us in the church. Will you alter how you preach because of fear?

Rick Holland shared four contrasts for maintaining ministerial conduct from Luke 12.

1. Don’t fear hypocrites, fear hypocrisy
(vv. 1–3)

Jesus spoke to His disiciples first about the hypocricy of the Pharisees. Though originally godly, these Pharisees of Jesus’ day had become the white-washed hypocrites we know, those who needed the inside of the cup washed.

Hypocrisy: Hiding your sins from the faithful OR hiding your faith from sinners. We need to be the example to those around us. Fear hypocrisy

2. Don’t fear the threat of men, fear the threat of God
(vv. 4–9)
Jesus would not have said “do not be afraid of those who kill the body” unless they were afraid. If Christ and his disciples were persecuted and killed for the faith, what do we expect? Man of the year awards? Banquets?

Jesus is saying the worst someone can do is kill you. What God can do is far beyond anything man can do.

Hell is a terrifying thing. It should not be a thing of dread for Christians, but we must preach Hell and recognize the fearful state it provides. It is the most loving thing we can do. Let no one go to Hell unwarned and unsprayed for.

Note the care God has in vv. 6–7. If He cares for the small animals and the most insignificant details to the extent that He knows the number of hairs on your head, He is a caring God. However, that He would know such details, too, is a fearful thing.

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